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A History of Anticipating and Shaping the Future

Teachers College: The first 125 Years…and counting

The world in which Teachers College was created in 1887 faced challenges much like those of today.

Industrialization and technology were creating both vast wealth and deep economic uncertainty. A vast new influx of people was pouring into U.S. cities from rural areas and from other nations around the world. Communities were grappling with complex new problems of health, race relations, education and crime.

Reflecting the collective consciousness of the era’s leading scholars, philanthropists, social reformers and public-minded citizens, Teachers College was conceived to meet all of these challenges. The result was an institution that, through the dynamic linking of theory and practice , not only met but also anticipated the needs of subsequent eras, serving as an ongoing and trusted source of solutions to which the nation has turned again and again. Or as The New York Tribune wrote in a 1915 obituary of the philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge, who was perhaps the single most important driving force in the College’s creation: “It was said of her that she had the 100-year look – that is, she looked ahead a century and made her plans accordingly.” Read more...

A History of Teachers College

    • 1887

      TC is founded by Grace Hoadley Dodge.
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    • 1889

      Nicholas Murray Butler becomes first president.
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    • 1893

      Walter L. Hervey becomes president of TC.
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    • 1894

      College moves to 120th Street.
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    • 1898

      TC becomes affiliated with Columbia University.
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    • 1898

      James Earl Russell becomes Dean of the College.
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    • 1899

      Edward Lee Thorndike joins the faculty.
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    • 1904

      John Dewey joins the faculty.
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    • 1906

      University-based nursing education begins.
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    • 1914

      Georgia O'Keefe enrolls at the College.
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    • 1917

      The Lincoln School opens.
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    • 1935

      First Ed.D. is conferred.
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    • 1939

      "Yellow School Bus" is spawned at the college.
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    • 1964

      "Teachers for East Africa" begins.
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    • 1973

      The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) is established.
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    • 1974

      Lawrence Cremin is named President of College
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    • 1977

      Klingenstein Center is established.
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    • 1981

      The Hollingworth Center is established.
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    • 1985

      The Peace Corps Fellows program is created.
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    • 1990

      NCREST is established at TC.
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    • 1992

      The Peace Corps Fellows Program is replicated across U.S.
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    • 1994

      Arthur Levine becomes president of TC. (1994-2006)
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    • 1996-1998

      The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media is established.
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    • 1999

      First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at TC.
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    • 2000

      Many new research centers started.
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    • 2002

      >Grace Dodge Society is formed.
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    • 2003

      Renovation of Gottesman Libraries begins.
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    • 2003

      TC works to improve teacher education in Afghanistan.
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    • 2004

      TC celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.
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    • 2006

      President Susan Fuhrman begins her tenure as tenth president of TC.
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    • 2007

      TC launches "Teaching the Levees"
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    • 2008

      Office of School and Community Partnerships in launched.
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    • 2009

      Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks at TC.
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    • 2010

      Teaching Residents@Teachers College (TR@TC) welcome first cohort.
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    • 2011

      TC partners with NYC DOE to found the TC Community School
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    • 2013

      TC celebrates 125 years of education excellence and innovation.
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