Faculty in the News


Five School of Education faculty members were recently interviewed by news media to discuss issues related to their areas of expertise.

Shane P. Martin, dean and professor of the School of Education, was interviewed on Fox News Los Angeles KCOP My13 on March 13 to discuss the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education budget and Los Angeles parcel tax proposal. Click here to watch the interview.

Brian Leung, professor of school counseling and chair of the Department of Educational Support Services, discussed the implications of obesity on absenteeism for inner city children in a Southern California Public Radio article. According to Leung, children who live in the inner city are more prone to obesity and thus more prone to miss school.

Elizabeth Reilly, professor of educational leadership, shared her perspective as a former administrator on the scandal at Los Angeles Unified’s Miramonte Elementary School in The Christian Science Monitor and New Zealand Herald.

Michael Gottfried, assistant professor, was asked in this TakePart article why the improvement of attendance rates is often overlooked as an important reform strategy. “Academic researchers, policy makers, and school leaders and teachers have always taken it as a given that missing school was bad – that it would have a negative relationship with school success. Because we’ve all just assumed that absences are a ‘bad’ thing, the education community has put them on the backburner – knowing they are there, but not really doing anything about it,” said Gottfried.

Beth Brewer, visiting professor and director of Catholic teacher preparation, was interviewed in the El Segundo Herald on cyberbullying in advance of a cyber safety assembly at El Segundo Middle School where Brewer will be a guest speaker.