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Karen Billings (EdD '86), VP for the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Hall of Fame. The educational publishing industry's highest individual honor, the AEP Hall of Fame recognizes those who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of educational resources and the industry that develops and supports them. Billings has nearly tripled the number of educational company members at SIIA in past 10 years. She founded the Innovation Incubator program and the One-to-One Business Profiles program, and has doubled attendance at signature education technology events. More on Billings, including her acceptance speech, here.

Liz Griffiths (MA '08) and her business partner, Trevor LeVieux, are passionate about promoting the arts in education. Together the founded Building Blocks Media, a San Diego-based educational technology company who has just released their first iPad app for kids. The app is called Musical Paint. As the name suggests, Musical Paint features innovative technology that allows children to paint music. Liz says, “Kids aren’t going to learn if they aren’t engaged. They also won’t learn if they can’t navigate the app easily. We worked hard to get those things right.” Read more about Building Blocks Media and Musical Paint here. >>

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Teachers College News

The Hip Hop Science Battle created by GZA from the WuTang Klan and TC Professor Chris Emdin started at ELLIS High School! Time Warner's show, "It Ain't Rocket Science" captured a Hip Hop Science Battle session in the Bronx. Take a moment to watch the video here.

In Science magazine, Rutgers’ Ravit Duncan and TC’s Ann Rivet (above) review radical proposed changes to K-12 science curricula.
Two education professors and experts on how children learn science have endorsed radical proposed changes in the nation’s K-12 science education standards. In an essay in the January 25 edition of Science, Ravit Duncan, an associate professor of science education at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education; and Ann Rivet, an associate professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University, call on scientists to get behind proposed new standards and advocate for their adoption by the states. Read the full story here.

TC doctoral student Lorraine Mull and Columbia Continuing Education student Francesca ReDavid, founders of a youth empowerment program 'Girl Meets World', are bringing their message of 'Dream Big' to Harlem middle schools.
Read the full Columbia Spectator article here.

Virtual Events
Were you interested in an event but unable to attend? If so, or if you want to be part of the audience again, you can watch many of our programs online. Simply visit our Youtube channel (TeachersCollegeCUNYC) or TC channel to see what you've been missing.

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It's A Great Year To Be Dewey!

With TC's year-long 125th Anniversary celebration now officially underway,  the TC Fund is excited to share these great opportunities with our alumni and friends, whose support each year make it possible for our students to transform lives and to positively impact the world in which they live. 

Provide a $5,000 Scholarship with a $2,500 Gift: TC Trustees will match, dollar-for dollar, your gift of $2,500 to provide a one-year $5,000 Annual Fund Scholarship to a student with demonstrated need.  The Trustees will contribute up to $125,000 in this effort. The scholarship will be named in your honor, and you will also receive recognition in our Annual Report as a John Dewey Circle Member - at the Scholars Circle level. 

Double the Value of Your John Dewey Circle Membership: With the goal of growing the John Dewey Circle by 125 members this anniversary year, our Trustees will match dollar-for-dollar, new or renewed Dewey level gifts of $1,000 or more, up to $125,000. 

Begin Your Own Legacy of Philanthropy: TC has a rich legacy of firsts. Honor those firsts and the 125th anniversary with your first-time gift of $125 to the TC Fund. 

Strengthen Your TC Fund Support: In celebration of our anniversary, help us provide more support for our students, research, programs, and faculty by increasing your gift by $125 today! 

We hope you will consider taking advantage of these wonderful opportunities to help make your Annual gift go even further for TC. Every aspect of the College, whether it be scholarship, academic programs, or faculty initiatives, is underwritten by the TC Fund. Your support makes a significant difference in the future of our students and the lives they will affect. Click here to learn more about the John Dewey Circle and to make your gift online today.

Alumni Publications
To read about our TC authors, please click on the links below.

BookDivine Fate by Audrey Insoft (MA '92). Insoft earned an associate’s degree in journalism, a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in adult education and instructional design. She worked in the insurance industry for twenty-five years in marketing, training, and communications. She lives with her husband and son in Westchester County, New York.

BookNeither World Polity nor Local or National Societies by Tavis Jules (EdD '08). Jules is an Assistant Professor in the field of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago. His research focuses on educational policy formation and development - particularly, but not exclusively, within the Caribbean. More recently, his research has focused on analyzing the impact of regionalization upon small (and micro) states.

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? For consideration in a future bookshelf section, send information on your work to, subject: Alumni Publications.

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The Gottesman Library Newsletter is available here. If you are interested in learning more about events hosted by the Gottesman Library or about available library services please visit You can also join the dialogue on Twitter @GottesmanLibs.

See February 25 in the event line-up for more information on the upcoming Gottesman Libraries Book Talk with Edward Verlander.

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February Alumni Newsletter

Mini Moments with Big Thinkers - Tune in Weekly

In our current "Mini Moment," "Big Thinker" Professor Emeritus Maxine Greene talks about her theory of "Wide-Awakeness" and how the power of art can change how we experience life. Are you "wide awake"?

"Mini Moments with Big thinkers" is a series of two-minute video segments that will feature prominent TC faculty, faculty emeriti, alumni, administrators, and others discussing groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College over the past 50 years. Visit every week to watch a new Mini Moment.

Happy Birthday, TC!








The lobby of TC’s Zankel Hall tends to be crowded at five o’clock on Thursday evenings, but the scene last week was on a different order of magnitude. This was no mere crush of students heading for evening class. Teachers College was kicking off the year-long celebration of its 125th birthday, and there was a party going on – and on, and on. In fact, when the official bash, billed as “The Happy Three Hours,” concluded at around 8:00 pm, the die-hards adjourned to the cafeteria for more. Read More about the 125th Kick-off Festivies here.

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund will launch theLaurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund's Healthy Food & Community Change Initiative with a special forum at Teachers College, Columbia University: "Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society." The conference will focus on ways to develop evidence-based programs and policies that encourage healthier diets and lifestyles while making healthy foods accessible and affordable to underserved communities. Join us on February 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the Joyce Berger Cowin Conference Center. For more information on how to register see below.

Stay Connected for our 125th Anniversary
There is so much going on during our 125th Anniversary so be sure to stay connected to keep up with us and to stay informed. We will share events with you online, post reminders and share stories on Facebook and Twitter, share images on Instagram, network on Linkedin and more. Stay connected and join the conversation using #TC125.

Share this newsletter with your fellow TC alumni to help them stay connected.

Upcoming Alumni Events


February 4 - May 13 - Community Art Studios
ArtJoin the Art and Art Education department and Community Studios for an opportunity to enjoy art. Contemporary Watercolor, Mixed Media and Fundamentals. Open to all alumni and all skill levels of artist.
Hosted By: TC Art and Art Education
Time: Mondays 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Teachers College
For more information please contact Marty Spence at or 212.260.0889. $400 per semester

February 8 -Professor Celia Genishi Retirement Event
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching invites you to honor Professor Celia Genishi on the occasion of her retirement from Teachers College. Please join us for a symposium at which a panel of C&T faculty, alumni, and special guest, Dr. Anne Haas Dyson, will celebrate Professor Genishi’s scholarly contributions to the fields of Early
Childhood Education and Language Education. If you wish, please consider a contribution in honor of Professor Genishi to the Genishi Family Scholarship Fund.
Hosted By: Department of Curriculum & Teaching
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm | Reception to Follow
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
Please respond by emailing or online at

February 9 - 11th Annual Metro NY Charter School Career Fair
bullseyeCome and meet representatives from top Charter Schools across the Tri-State area. Have the opportunity to submit your resume for review and speak with potential employers attending the event.
Hosted by: TC Office of Career Services and
Time: 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 177 Grace Dodge Hall
For more information and for a list of additional upcoming Career Fairs, please visit

February 12 - Annual Tisch Lecture: "Taking Action Now to Address the Missing Link in School Reform"
Effective school health programs make for healthier students and improved academic achievement. Dr. Howell Wechsler, Ed. D., MPH, Director Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes a critical look at the health related policies and practices for pre K- 12 schools that should be fundamental to education reform and how colleges of education can ensure that such policies and practices are implemented.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit

February 14 - The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund as will launch the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund's Healthy Food & Community Change Initiative with a special forum at Teachers College, Columbia University. The conference will focus on ways to develop evidence-based programs and policies that encourage healthier diets and lifestyles while making healthy foods accessible and affordable to underserved communities.
8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Joyce Berger Cowin Conference Center
For more information or to register, please visit Please note: You will need your e-ticket to enter the event.

February 15-16 - 30th Annual Winter Roundtable
bullseyeThis year's theme, "Honoring Our Legacy, and Empowering Future Leaders", commemorates the 30 years of accomplishments, while beholding the promise of future advancements by leaders in the fields of cultural psychology and education. Visit the Roundtable website to review the agenda, invited speaker bios, sponsorship opportunities, and to register.
Hosted By: Counseling Psychology
Time: Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Feb. 16: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit

February 18 - May 13 - Spring 2013 Lecture Series
Program in Neuroscience and Education

The Program in Neuroscience and Education of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at TC is pleased to announce a lecture series on current issues in neuroscience. The course is listed as BBSN 5199 (crn 52030) and is offered for three credits in the Spring 2013 semester. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the leading thinkers in neuroscience and hear firsthand about what they are currently working on in their laboratories.

Hosted By: Department of Biobehavioral Sciences
Time: Every Monday at 3:00 pm
Location: Joyce B. Cowin Center (147 Horace Mann)
For more information on the lecture series please visit

February 19 - HBS Colloquium Series - Emerging Evidence on Social and Behavioral Factors in Health Outcomes
Robert M. Kaplan, Ph.D. joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director as Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in February of 2011. 
Hosted By: Office of the Provost of Teachers College and Gottesman Libraries
Time: 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 305 Russell Hall, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit

February 19 - The Advantages of Adaptive Learning
bullseyeKnewton is a leader in adaptive learning, the use of data to continually personalize online learning content to individual students in real-time. Join TC professor Ryan Baker, an expert in educational data mining, along with Knewton's own Matthew Busick, Adaptive Instruction Analyst; David Kuntz, Vice President of Research; Jesse Sternberg, Adaptive Instruction Analyst and Kevin Wilson, Data Scientist as they outline the virtues of adaptive learning. Knewton will also demonstrate their latest platform.
Hosted By: Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Council and Knewton
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Knewton (100 5th Ave at 15th Street)
For more information on our speakers, the event or to register, please visit

February 20 - The Perkins Platform
The Perkins Platform guests will be Drs. Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott, co-authors of Aim High, Achieve More How to Transform Urban Schools Through Fearless Leadership (ASCD Press). They will discuss how expectations impact student performance and success particularly in urban communitiesas well as how leaders cultivate cultures of high expectation in their schools.
Hosted By: Dr. Brian Perkins, Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program
Time: 2:00 pm
Tune in to the radio program here.

February 22 - Los Angeles, CA: Superintendents Roundtable & Alumni Networking Reception
Teachers College Alumni Relations cordially invites you to join us for this two-part event! We will begin the evening with a Superintendents Roundtable - "School Turn-Around Efforts in Los Angeles: Urban Policy & Practice Options" featuring Brian Perkins, TC faculty and Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program; Dr. Dewayne Davis, Director of Secondary Instruction; Mr. David Tokofsky, Strategist-Associated Administrators of Los Angeles & Former L.A. School Board Member and other district personnel from Los Angeles. The Perkins Platform will also broadcast LIVE from this event so if you cannot be there with us - be sure to tune in at 8:00 p.m. (EST). A networking reception will follow the roundtable and will be open to all guests, AASA conference attendees as well as our LA area alumni. The reception will be held during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) 2013 National Conference on Education.
Hosted by: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 5:00 - 6: 00 p.m. Roundtable | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Location: Platinum A Room at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE- 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
For more information or to register, please visit

February 22 -Professor Karen Zumwalt Retirement Event
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching invites you to honor Professor Karen Zumwalt on the occasion of her retirement from Teachers College Please join us for a symposium at which a panel of C&T faculty, alumni, and special guest, Professor Marilyn Cochran Smith, will celebrate Professor Zumwalt’s scholarly contributions to the fields of Curriculum and Teacher Education.
Hosted By: Department of Curriculum & Teaching
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm | Reception to Follow
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
Please respond by emailing or online at

February 25 - Gottesman Libraries Book Talk with Edward Verlander
Dr. Edward G. Verlander (MA '80, EdD '86), chairman of Verlander, Wang, & Co., will discuss his new book, The Practice of Professional Consulting: The Journey of the Trusted Consultant (Jossey Bass, 2012). A must-read for new and aspiring consultants, as well as instructors of training programs on consulting -- the "world's newest profession" --, Verlander's work shows how change is the essence of consulting and organizations must change to thrive. He examines processes, tools, skills, and best practices, as he offers a new model with assessments to show what is needed to become and flourish as a truly trusted consultant. Imparted are highly applicable lessons to all forms of consulting, from the global marketplace to schools and academia. 
Hosted By: Gottesman Libraries
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm | Reception to Follow
Location: 306 Russell, Gottesman Library
For for information or to register, email


March 4 - March 31 - Exhibition at the New York Historical Society entitled Teachers College: Pioneering Education Through Innovation
Mark your calendars for an historical exhibit on the history of Teachers College to be presented at the New York Historical Society during the month of March. More information to follow.

March 14 - New Orleans, LA: Alumni Networking Reception in conjunction with CIES
TC is coming to the Big Easy! Join TC Faculty from the Comparative and International Education as well as local alumni for a reception in conjunction with the Comparative & International Education Society Conference (CIES).
Hosted By: The Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
For more information or to register, please visit

March 15-16 - Fifth Annual Health Disparities Conference
This year's theme is Culturally Appropriate Research, Practice, and Policy Approaches to Health Disparities within a Stress and Coping Bio-Psycho-Social-Environmental-Cultural Framework. While we will be welcoming back all alumni as part of the ongoing 125th anniversary celebration of the college with a special focus on celebrating the legacy of diversity at the college, the conference includes a celebration of The Tenth Anniversary of the Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH), while featuring (on Saturday) the First Annual Get Together of the Alumni of the RGDH.
Hosted By: The Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH) and the Department of Health and Behavior Studies
Time: Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Feb. 16: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit

Mark Your Calendar

April 13 - Academic Festival 2013
Our fifth annual signature homecoming event will anchor the 125th anniversary celebration on campus. Breakout Sessions will explore some of the many trailblazing "firsts" that constitute the College's legacy as well as the work that continues to shape its future.

The 2013 President's Medal will be presented to Ellen Condliffe Lagemann '78, a former TC faculty member and 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, who will also be featured in our Keynote Address. We are also proud to announce the names of the alumni whom have been selected by their peers to receive this year's Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awards: Jody Arnhold ’73, Founding Director of the Dance Education Laboratory, 92nd Street Y; Erika Himmel '59, Professor, Department of Education, University of Chile; Susan Jay Spungin ’75, President, Blind Biz; Chong Yang Kim ’83, Chairman of the Board, Hanyang University Foundation; Bobby Susser ’87, renowned American songwriter, performer and record producer. The Early Career Award Recipients are Sarah Bolson ’09, Associate Vice President for Foundation Relations at The New York Botanical Garden and Sreyashi Jhumki Basu ’03, ’04, ’06(posthumously) former professor of Science Education at New York University.
Visit to learn more about this year's festivities! #TCAcFest

July 25 - Global TC Day
The Office of Alumni Relations is celebrating the 125th Anniversary worldwide! Save the date and celebrate with us in your own backyard. We are putting together resources to support your alumni event - from a small gathering to a larger formal event - we will have simultaneous events hosted by regional TC alumni. It is an exceptional opportunity for us to build and strengthen our TC Network. There are already plans to celebrate in Greece and London. If you are interested in helping us to coordinate this exciting event, email us at #TCGlobalDay

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit or email For a full calendar of events happening on TC's campus, visit

**Event times and locations are subject to change. Please check the website prior to the event for the most up-to-date information.

TCCS Career Corner

Tap into TCCS!
TCCS encourages you to take advantage of the many career resources available to you. To review a list of services offered through TCCS, please click here. Join the Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University LinkedIn Group to connect with students and fellow TC alumni, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, and learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events. Feel free to like TCCS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

TCCS Alumni Listserv
Do you want to receive TCCS weekly emails with information to learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events? Sign up for the TCCS Alumni Listserv.

Alumni Mentor Program (TCCS LinkedIn Group)
Join the TCCS LinkedIn group titled 'Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University' for all of your networking purposes. Please click here for more information.

Recruit TC
Is your organization seeking talented professionals? To discuss recruiting efforts, please contact Vicki Gochenour, Assistant Director of Employer Relations in TCCS at 212.678.3202 or via email at

TCCS Events
Use TCCS LINK through myTC Portal to RSVP for the events below, access online job postings, online resources and more. Note: Dates and room locations are subject to change so please verify location prior to event in TCCS LINK. All workshop, panel, info session and webinar information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK. (Webinar access details will be forwarded to registrants prior to webinar.)

Workshops/Speed Reviews: Location TBD unless otherwise stated.
February 1Resume/Interviewing, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
February 4 – February 7 – Speed Reviews, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Grace Dodge Cafeteria
February 7Career Fair Preparation, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 18Resume/Cover Letter Writing, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
February 19Job Search/Networking/Social Media, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
March 1Career Fair Preparation, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Panels: Location TBD unless otherwise stated.
February 26 – Education Policy & Social Analysis Career Panel, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
February 27 – NYC Department of Education Principal Panel, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cowin Auditorium. Networking event to follow. Register via TCCS LINK Career Event 622.
February 28 – Alumni Higher Education Career Panel, 7:20-9:00 pm

Information Sessions: Location TBD unless otherwise stated.
February 5 – Uncommon Schools, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 6 – Mind Matters, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 7 - Scholastic, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 11 – South Bronx Charter School, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 12 – Touchstone Education, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 13 – Ascend Learning, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 14 – Team Charter, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 15 – Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy & Research, 2:00-3:30 pm
February 20 – New Visions, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 21 – EdPower, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 25 – Fahari Academy Charter School, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 27 – Sesame Workshop, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 27 – NYC Department of Education, 5:00-5:45 p.m.

February 26Where’s My Fit?, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Via Internet or Phone

Career Fairs
February 911th Annual Metro NY Charter School Career Fair, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 177 Grace Dodge Hall

Columbia Networking Events
Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni. Please watch the calendar for up to date information regarding these events. For all current information, please visit this link.

CU Volunteer Opportunities [from the Columbia University Center for Career Education]
Columbia Externship Program (March 18-22, 2013) Perfect for alumni who can host a student shadowing your day to day professional life. More information here.

Professionals in Residence Spring 2013
Great for alumni who have a great story and want to mentor but lack the time for a long term commitment.

Please contact Malla Haridat at or 212-854-7862 for more details.

Champion Columbia students at your Firm [from the Columbia University Center for Career Education]
We are seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Please click here for more information.

For further assistance regarding TC Career Services, please contact the TCCS office at

Events: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features.By entering the event premises you consent to videotaping, photography, interview(s) and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for public relations, news articles, telecasts, education, advertising, research, inclusion on web sites, fundraising, or any other purpose by Teachers College (TC) and and/or its affiliates. Full photo consent information here. If you would like to unsubscribe to these emails, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Change of address? Update your information here.