University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Karen Symms Gallagher

Karen GallagherKaren 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. The USC Rossier School has risen to #15 in U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Under her leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking online master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree in 2009, which has grown the number of highly prepared teachers ten-fold in three years, with students in all 50 states and over 40 countries. The School also pioneered the practitioner-focused education doctorate, the Ed.D, that is now a national model. Gallagher’s team 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 opened USC Hybrid High School, a transformational charter school with a blended learning environment, using personalized curriculum, technology and flexible schedules to assure success for students most at risk of dropping out.

Karen Symms Gallagher was named a 2013 Pahara-Aspen Fellow, the first school of education dean to join a cohort of two dozen nationally known education entrepreneurs and reformers. She was also the co-recipient of the inaugural Provost’s Prize for Innovation in Educational Practice. She received the Los Angeles Urban League’s Social Responsibility Award and, in 2011, the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Service Key from the USC chapter of PDK, the premiere international association for educators.

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