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Mini Moments With Big Thinkers

Mini Moments With Big Thinkers

Henry Levin

Henry M. Levin is the William H. Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education in TC'sDepartment of Education Policy & Social Analysis, and the founding Co-Director of the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College. A specialist in the economics of education and human resources, Levin has published 20 books, including The Price We Pay: The Economic and Social Consequences of Inadequate Education (co-edited with Clive Belfield); Cost Effectiveness Analysis: Methods and Applications (co-authored with Patrick McEwan); and Privatizing Educational Choice: Consequences for Parents, Schools and Public Policy (co-authored with Clive Belfield).

Levin is also Director of TC's National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, and the David Jacks Professor of Higher Education and Economics, Emeritus, at Stanford University. From 1986-2000, he served as the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk youngsters encompassing about 1,000 schools in 41 states. In 1992 the New York Times named him one of “nine national leaders in education innovation,” and he was also profiled in the 2008 book Those Who Dared: Five Visionaries Who Changed American Education.

Levin has served as the Editor of the Review of Educational Research and the President of the American Evaluation Association, receiving the latter's Gunnar Myrdal Award.  He is also a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Service Award of the American Educational Finance Association and an elected member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education. He is a past President of the Comparative and International Education Society.

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Premiered on 10/13/2013


In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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Nahas Angula

Ed.M., 1979; M.A., 1978

Leonard Blackman

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

George Bonanno

Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical Psychology

Warner Burke

Professor of Psychology & Education

George Bond

Professor of Anthropology and Education

Margaret Crocco

former TC Professor of Social Studies and Education

Morton Deutsch

E.L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Christopher Emdin

Assistant Professor of Science Education

Alumnus William Epps

Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles

Celia Genishi

Professor of Education

Antoinette Gentile

Professor Emeritus, Movement Sciences

A. Lin Goodwin

Vice Dean and Professor of Education

Edmund Gordon

Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Maxine Greene

William F. Russell Professor Emeritus in Foundations of Education

R. Douglas Greer

Professor of Psychology and Education

Jeffrey Henig

Professor of Political Science & Education, Department Chair, EPSA

Sharon Lynn Kagan

Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy

John B. King, Jr.

Ed.D. '08, New York State Commissioner of Education

Henry Levin

Professor of Economics & Education

Eric Nadelstern

Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership

Sandra Okita

Assistant Professor of Technology and Education

Michael Rebell

Professor of Law and Education

William Dodge Rueckert

Co-Chair, Teachers College Board of Trustees

Donna Shalala

President of the University of Miami, former TC faculty member

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor of Education

Derald Wing Sue

Professor of Psychology and Education

Ruth Vinz

Program Coordinator, English Education

Cally L. Waite

Associate Professor of History and Education

Barbara Wallace

Professor of Health Education

Vivian Ota Wang

M. Phil. '94, Ph.D. '95

Howell Wechsler

Ed.D. '95 and 2012-2013 Tisch Lecturer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Sex Therapist, Author and Media Personality