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Honoring Our Veterans | Gus Gravot (M.A. '10)

Before he studied at TC, Gus served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. After graduation, he spent several years in his home state of Louisiana, helping the Marines build a military school in New Orleans. Currently, Gus teaches world geography and serve as social studies department chair at a public middle school in Arlington, Virginia. Gus reports that he is “happy and well and married to his best friend. TC was a great experience, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Margaret Crocco for giving me a chance—thank you!”

‌With three degrees from Teachers College, in Special Education (M.A.), Educational Administration (Ed.M.) and Interdisciplinary Studies (Ed.D.), Eric J. Cooper (Ed.D. ’86) went on to found and preside over the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) as its president. A true model of success and academic achievement, Cooper recently detailed his own struggles with education in a Huffington Post article, Learning While Black.

Cooper’s upbringing and the roadblocks he faced on his own path to higher education led him to dedicate his life to ensuring that all children -- regardless of race, background, or preconceived notions -- are able and encouraged to reach their true potential. Cooper’s nonprofit, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, provides student-focused professional development, advocacy and organizational guidance to accelerate student achievement. As President, Cooper advocates for this mission and for equal access to education and mentorship for all students. Previously the Executive Director for the NUA  at TC and an adjunct associate professor for seven years, Dr. Cooper has certainly contributed a great deal to the College’s work to improve education for urban and minority students.

To read more about Dr. Cooper’s work for urban and minority education, you can read his bio or watch his recent TedX presentation.

Published Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

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Honoring Our Veterans | Gus Gravot (M.A. '10)

‌With three degrees from Teachers College, in Special Education (M.A.), Educational Administration (Ed.M.) and Interdisciplinary Studies (Ed.D.), Eric J. Cooper (Ed.D. ’86) went on to found and preside over the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) as its president. A true model of success and academic achievement, Cooper recently detailed his own struggles with education in a Huffington Post article, Learning While Black.

Cooper’s upbringing and the roadblocks he faced on his own path to higher education led him to dedicate his life to ensuring that all children -- regardless of race, background, or preconceived notions -- are able and encouraged to reach their true potential. Cooper’s nonprofit, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, provides student-focused professional development, advocacy and organizational guidance to accelerate student achievement. As President, Cooper advocates for this mission and for equal access to education and mentorship for all students. Previously the Executive Director for the NUA  at TC and an adjunct associate professor for seven years, Dr. Cooper has certainly contributed a great deal to the College’s work to improve education for urban and minority students.

To read more about Dr. Cooper’s work for urban and minority education, you can read his bio or watch his recent TedX presentation.

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