Dean Leslie Fenwick from Howard University and Dean Karen Symms Gallagher of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Deans Fenwick and Gallagher discussed their programs’ efforts to track graduates’ effectiveness. Additionally, they considered methods for determining how effective program graduates are, including what measurements are used, what outcomes are considered, and how well the process seems to work.

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Teaching Works Seminar - 01/22/15 from TeachingWorks at UMSOE on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
4:10pm - 6:00pm

  • Leslie Fenwick
    Dean, Howard University School of Education
  • Karen Symms Gallagher
    Dean, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

About the Speakers

Leslie Fenwick

  • Dean, Howard University School of Education

Leslie T. Fenwick, PhD is Dean of the Howard University School of Education and a professor of education policy who held consecutive terms as a presidentially-appointed visiting fellow and visiting scholar in education at Harvard University. For more than 20 years, Dr. Fenwick has served in administrative and tenured faculty posts at historically Black colleges/universities (HBCUs). As a noted education policy scholar, Fenwick has been an appointed member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on the study of the impact of mayoral control on school districts and is regularly called upon to testify about educational equity and teacher quality to the U.S. Senate, National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Congressional Black Caucus. Presently, she serves on the national advisory council for the George Lucas Education Foundation (GLEF) and is an immediate past member of the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Recently, Dr. Fenwick was appointed to the Scholarly Advisory Council for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) which will open in 2015. Dr. Fenwick is a contributor to the best-selling book, The Last Word: Controversy and Commentary in American Education, which boasts essays by former President Bill Clinton and noted historian Dr. John Hope Franklin among others. She is also author of the widely-cited policy monograph, The Principal Shortage: Who Will Lead (Harvard College of Fellows, 2001) and numerous published research articles and book chapters about the superintendency, principalship and urban school reform. Selected as the WEB DuBois Distinguished Lecturer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and as recipient of the WEB DuBois Award for Higher Education Leadership from the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), Dr. Fenwick has been honored for her advocacy of educational equity and access for minority and poor children. Her opinion-editorial (OP-ED) articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Education Week. A former urban school teacher, school administrator and legislative aid to the State of Ohio Senate, Dr. Fenwick earned the PhD in educational policy at The Ohio State University where she was a Flesher Fellow and a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

Karen Symms Gallagher

  • Dean, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

Since becoming Dean in 2000, Dr. Karen Symms Gallagher has focused the USC Rossier School of Education on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. The School’s highly innovative graduate programs prepare students to be change agents as teachers, school leaders, and scholars. Under Dean Gallagher’s leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking online Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2009, which has graduated nearly 2000 highly prepared teachers since then. The School also pioneered the practitioner-focused education doctorate, the Ed.D, that is now a national model.  Dean Gallagher’s team then launched its Global Executive Ed.D. program in 2012 to prepare senior education executives from around the world for the challenges of the 21st century. In Los Angeles, she and her faculty have partnered with LAUSD on a variety of field-based initiatives  -- the most exciting of which is USC Hybrid High School, which provides a technology-rich, personalized and rigorous college preparatory education to students who have been traditionally underserved by our public education system. As a 2013 Pahara-Aspen Fellow, Dean Gallagher became the first school of education dean to be so honored. She was the recipient of the Los Angeles Urban League's Social Responsibility Award and has been twice honored by the USC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International, the premiere international association for educators.