Ross Brenneman is a public communication specialist at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Stories by Ross Brenneman:
Low-income families are struggling to keep up with distance learning
Though many of the issues stem from a lack of technological proficiency at home, a USC study has found that multigenerational efforts can help overcome barriers.
How students learn from their mistakes
USC researchers have found that students who focus on understanding their errors — rather than on getting the right answer — learn better over time.
Study finds strengths, challenges in high schools’ college-prep model
Class rigor and college bureaucracies are common obstacles, research from USC Rossier’s Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice finds.
USC Rossier’s new dean discusses democracy, race and COVID-19
Pedro Noguera, the new dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, answers questions about his Brooklyn upbringing and what the pandemic has taught us about education.
New hotline will guide students through the college admissions process
The College Access For All hotline can help students apply to schools, navigate financial aid and better understand how to pay for their education during COVID-19.
California’s community colleges partner with USC to oppose racism
The USC Race and Equity Center is uniting with 60 state community colleges to help their administrators and faculty better address the concerns of students and employees of color.
Doctoral graduate from USC Rossier learns to succeed her own way
Though she initially struggled as a first-gen student, Cynthia Diana Villarreal has found — and built — a community of her own.
To counter COVID-19 misinformation, USC expert backs new approach to science learning
New research from USC Rossier aims to combat rampant misinformation on subjects like the coronavirus and climate change.
Poll: California voters are skeptical about school quality but support more funding
The annual PACE/USC Rossier poll also finds voters questioning the fairness of the college admissions process.
Teacher bias devalues math skills of girls and students of color, USC research finds
According to the study, white teachers and teachers of color showed implicit biases toward white-sounding names and boys over girls.
Students of color gain a helping hand in navigating PhD admissions
A new workshop, led by PhD students at USC Rossier, promises to open up the often-difficult application process for scholars of color.
Study: Exposure to videos of race-based violence can lead to mental health issues
A new USC study finds that viewing violent videos of police shootings may be harmful to the mental health of adolescents of color.
Trojan wants to bring the lessons of the L.A. Zoo to everyone
Anna Becker fell in love with the zoo as a child. As a member of the Los Angeles Zoo’s education team, she’s working to make its programs more accessible for students throughout the city.
USC Hybrid High finally lands a permanent home in USC’s backyard
After six years in downtown Los Angeles, USC Hybrid High is finally moving to its new home in South Los Angeles, a mere block away from the university.
Higher education must be force for democracy, USC scholar argues
As one of his final projects as a USC professor, William G. Tierney is encouraging universities and faculty to speak their minds and help strengthen democracy.
Reducing gun violence in schools is top education priority for California voters
USC Rossier/PACE Poll finds strong support for expanding mental health and holding active shooter drills.
Former ed secretary makes case that educators teach for social justice
In USC lecture, John B. King Jr. draws on his experiences growing up in New York City to show how educators can make a difference.
For USC professor, improving how kids learn math starts with how teachers learn math
The ways to teach the subject form the crux of a USC Rossier faculty member’s research.
New report shows public universities fail to find, support and graduate black students
USC Race and Equity Center authors grade every school for its equity efforts among men and women and student-to-faculty ratios.
USC partners with La Brea Tar Pits on augmented reality and education
Researchers look at best ways to design AR experiences for effective learning.
Promoting equity in graduate-level STEM education, with USC leading the way
USC Rossier joins new network focused on issues that hinder the success of underrepresented students in science, tech, engineering and math.
Black athletes’ graduation rates lag at U.S. universities with top sports teams
USC’s Shaun R. Harper finds that among 65 leading universities, black male athletes continue to graduate at lower rates than other student-athletes, black non-athletes and undergraduates in general.
College Access Day gives L.A. high schoolers a chance to ask lots of questions
Their concerns strike a chord with USC Rossier experts who speak to them on the University Park Campus.
USC Rossier/PACE poll: California voters support new public school accountability efforts
Majority of state voters support the California School Dashboard, a performance gauge created by the state to improve equity and transparency in school quality.