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Book Review: The App Generation by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

By Bill Tierney

I read this and I suppose you should, too. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, is a breezy, easy to read small-sized 244 page book.  Since I’m recommending it, let me offer three quarrels I have with the authors at […]

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Thoughts on Building an Innovation State

By Michael Lanford

Last week, Janet Napolitano, the current President of the University of California system, gave the annual Pullias Lecture at USC.  The transcript of her speech, entitled “A Trifecta for the Future: Higher Education, California, and Innovation,” can be found here.  Having never seen Napolitano speak in person before, I was immediately struck by her commanding […]

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On Donations, Philanthropy, and Ice Bucket Challenges

By Bill Tierney

The ALS ‘ice bucket’ challenge has raised about 150 million since the middle of last summer, which is on top of the amount of money they raised when the challenge began.  ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is admittedly a very tough disease for anyone to have.  The fellows who thought up the ice bucket challenge […]

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In Reponse to Paul Krugman

By Julie Slayton

Today I want to talk about power, or more specifically, the role of power in perpetuating and increasing inequality in the United States. I wasn’t planning on talking about this topic, well not so directly anyway. When I started this series of posts my intention was to limit my musings to the way we collectively […]

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Not Voting in a Time of Crisis

By Julie Slayton

School Board elections are upon us here in Los Angeles. Elections will be held on March 3rd. There are seven Board seats, each representing a different part of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Four of the seven members are up for reelection. There are three contested seats. I know the incumbents who currently hold […]

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The Role of Laws and Policies in Maintaining the Status Quo

By Julie Slayton

Today I turn my attention to federal and state laws and policies, particularly the ways in which they are implemented that inadvertently (or possibly intentionally) maintain the status quo. I am choosing to talk about law and policy and the implementation of law and policy because they are inextricably intertwined with each other. A law […]

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If I’m Not Teaching You, I Should Be Fired

By Julie Slayton

Yesterday I said that I was going to spend four days talking about “the ways in which we (collectively) work harder to maintain the status quo than we do to change it.  I will discuss how our actions ultimately prevent us from reaching what we say are our goals.” I am going to spend today […]

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My Love for Public Education

By Julie Slayton

I have been drawn to the field of education ever since high school.  When I was in 11th grade, I told my history teacher, Mrs. Nelson, that I wanted to become a history teacher. She told me she did not recommend I pursue this path. She said it was too much work, too hard, and […]

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Measuring Learning

By Robert W. Danielson

The measurement of learning, at its core, is the measurement of change. I hope when students engage with “Mission: Admission,” originally created by faculty and game developers at the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC School of Cinematic Arts (and generously supported by the First in the World Grant), that they learn about […]

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So You Want to be a Qualitative Researcher in the 21st Century

By Randy Clemens

A tension exists between old and new. In The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom explains the generational process among writers: Old poets inspire young poets. The apprentice learns to love form by reading the work of a skilled master. The beginner writes derivative verse. Anxiety stirs as she realizes the only way to establish a […]

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