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In college, she had what she calls a “renaissance” semester, when she took a sociology class, a linguistics class, an urban education class and a psychology class. She became fascinated by communication: its processes, nuances, and the freedom it allows us to move through the world in the way we wish.
When she began working with young people whose experiences in school were not empowering or affirming, she became curious about their stories. Her passions for inquiry, language and story coalesced into an academic career that developed at Teachers College. Today she is a faculty member and program coordinator of the
Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program in the department of Math, Science and Technology.
Her focus shifted from traditional critical research on what wasn’t working for these young people, to cultural production projects that honor multiple literacies and help them tell their stories. At TC she coleads the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies (CMLL), the Civic Participation Project (CPP) and the Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab). Just as she uses technology and dialogue to bring these stories out in multihued ways, Professor Vasudevan challenges her own students, future teachers, and researchers to collaborate, keep listening, and keep inquiry open.
While she excelled academically competing against students from a similar background to hers throughout high school, succeeding in the university and in postgraduate studies was a profound challenge. It was Professor Sealey-Ruiz’s passion for learning and love for writing that helped her overcome those difficulties and process her experiences. Today, as Assistant Professor of English Education at Teachers College, she has made the educational autobiography a centerpiece of her teaching philosophy
and is known for taking authentic and compassionate interest in the lives of her students.
She is also deeply engaged in the Teachers College community, running programs such as the Racial Literacy Roundtable, and encourages her students to harness their unique life experiences to grow into thoughtful, reflective teachers and mentors to the young people in their lives.
Years later, as an educator and researcher, Professor Emdin found a way to bridge the gap between these passions and has developed a unique hip-hop pedagogy for urban science education, which he’s brought to public schools throughout New York City, and to Teachers College as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology.
At its core, his philosophy brings the expressive, creative, community-oriented sensibilities of hip-hop into the classroom, where he strives to make students—particularly students of color who have
historically been excluded from academic success in the sciences—feel comfortable, engaged, inspired and aware that their personal passions can actually fuel their education.
At TC, he teaches future science educators about the value and scope of hip-hop culture as a tool for connecting with students, providing them with frameworks to develop curricula based on culturally relevant pedagogy in the 21st century.
is an Assistant Professor of English Education in the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College Columbia University. In courses such as The Teaching of Writing, Writing Non-Fiction, and Teaching English in Diverse Social/Cultural Contexts, Dr. Sealey-Ruiz, who started her career as a high school English teacher, seeks to “guide teachers in creating learning activities, responsive curriculum, and appropriate assessments which hold their students to high academic standards while reflecting their interests and life experiences.” She has worked outside the classroom as well to help shape broader initiatives that have involved students and fellow faculty members from different areas of the College.
Vialogues is an award winning discussion platform built by EdLab, a design, development, and discovery unit at Teachers College. Vialogues promotes videos as powerful teaching resources, and provides a space for users around the world to hold meaningful and dynamic time stamped discussions about video content.
Leveraging group interaction around the viewing experience, Vialogues supports the use of videos for learning. Teachers use it to scaffold video content, perform formative assessment of student understanding, and engage in asynchronous conversation with students. TC community members and friends use it to collaborate and share thoughts on video content. Make a free account and share your thoughts and questions with the featured professors in the Changemakers video series.
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.
Visit Dr. Emdin’s website and blog at http://chrisemdin.com/
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