- 3 Questions with Sharon Lynn Kagan
Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. Recognized internationally for her work related to the care and education of young children and their families, Kagan has helped define school readiness, the early childhood system, dimensions of collaboration, and leadership in early care and education.
Kagan is a frequent consultant to the White House, Congress, the National Governors' Association, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, and numerous states, foundations, corporations, and professional associations. She has worked around the globe with UNICEF to establish early learning standards in more than 40 developing countries. Read more...
- 3 Questions with Steve Peverly
Stephen T. Peverly is Professor of Psychology and Education and Chair of the department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College. His research focuses on two areas: the cognitive processes that underlie reading comprehension and studying, and the cross-cultural differences between U.S. and Chinese children in mathematical performance and the reasons for differences in performance. He teaches courses on memory, reading comprehension and studying, and law and ethics for school psychologists.
How does your current research and that of fellow TC faculty members make an impact on the global community?
The quality of our research is the primary foundation for TC's reputation both nationally and internationally, and that, in turn, is the primary driver of admissions applications received by the College. Our graduates go on to disseminate the knowledge and apply the skills they learned at TC. Ultimately, they generate research in their locales, improve the delivery of education and schooling, and write legislation that promotes greater access and equity in education. Read more...
- 3 Questions with Warner Burke
W. Warner Burke is The Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education and coordinator for the graduate programs in social-organizational psychology in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College. His research focuses on multi-rater feedback, leadership, learning agility and organization change. Dr. Burke's consulting experience has been with a variety of organizations in business-industry, education, government, religious, medical systems, and professional services firms, including British Airways, SmithKline Beecham, National Westminster Bancorp and the BBC. He has authored over 130 articles and book chapters in organizational psychology, organization change, and leadership, and authored, co-authored, or edited over 15 books. Dr. Burke was the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Best Practice Institute. He has been member of the TC faculty since 1979.
What first interested you in studying learning agility and its correlation to leadership effectiveness?
What first interested me in studying learning agility was reading an article in which the authors stated that there was a positive correlation between their measure of learning agility and leadership effectiveness. This made intuitive sense to me but I did not think that their measure was adequate. That was over 4 years ago. Since that time, with the help of my doctoral students, we have been on the quest of creating that adequate measure. It has been a long and complicated journey, but we are almost there. We will have it before Thanksgiving, thus having a product that we will be thankful for. Read more...
- 3 Questions with Pamela Koch
Pamela Koch is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Project Coordinator and Executive Director of the new Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College. She coordinates numerous research, education, and policy activities related to Nutrition Education. She is the lead author on the three Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series books: Growing Food: Farm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & Change, and has coordinated the development, evaluation and dissemination of the LiFE curricula. She frequently presents professional development workshops about LiFE to teachers at National Science Teacher Association meetings. From 2009-2012 she headed the evaluation of the New York City Food & Fitness Partnership, a policy and system change initiative in central Brooklyn that works to ensure that healthy choices are easy choices. Koch also collaborates with several other nutrition education efforts around New York City.
How important is it to have Nutrition Education implemented as a vital part of all public schools today?
Today's food environment is marked by an overabundance of chips, sweet drinks, candy, and fast food -- all specifically engineered so we can't "just eat one." Food advertising is ubiquitous and ridiculously huge portions are the norm. Think about it, this is the only food environment our students have even known. Read more...