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Welcome to the program in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. We live in challenging times. Problems on the near horizon, including global climate change, mass violence, deteriorating social welfare, and human rights violations can lead to cynicism and social decline. Yet we paradoxically live in a time of hope and opportunity as the rise of social media foils the despotic reach of governments, new technologies create space for robust public discourse, and education stands front and center as the last great hope of humanity's aim to live peaceably, sustainably and humanely. Social educators are crucial contributors in helping shape this uncertain future. 

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Visit with Professor Gaudelli and his "Teaching of Social Studies" class

During Summer B, 2016, we visited Social Studies Education course 4036, taught by Associate Professor and Program Director Bill Gaudelli. We then sat down with Dr. Gaudelli to discuss the class, his methodology, and the Social Studies Education program.

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Dr. Baron Conducts Workshop on Historical Building Analysis

Dr. Baron Conducts Workshop on Historical Building Analysis

The workshop, Reading Buildings - Reading History: Integrating Literacy Skills through Historical Building Analysis, will take place in-person on March 25, with an online componant on March 31. It is sponsored by the Center on History and Education. For more information and to register, visit the workshop page.


Student Advocates Post-Election Classroom Conversations

Student Advocates Post-Election Classroom Conversations

Social Studies Ed M.A. student Italia Krahling writes in an editorial in The Hechinger Report, "An education that gives students space to voice dissent and their ideas about the political process empowers them to identify and act against systemic injustice."


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Program Director: Sandra Schmidt

Phone: (212) 678-4083    Fax: (212) 678-4118   

Email: gaudelli@tc.edu

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