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Teachers College is proud to introduce the 2012-13 Julius and Rosa Sachs Distinguished Lecturer Professor Ryan Baker, Columbia University.

Ryan Shaun Joazeiro de Baker is Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development. He earned his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Learning Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He earned his Bachelor's Degree (Sc.B.) in Computer Science from Brown University. Dr. Baker has been Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Learning Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He previously served as the first Technical Director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center DataShop, the largest public repository for data on the interaction between learners and educational software. He is currently serving as the founding President of the International Educational Data Mining Society, and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Data Mining. His research combines educational data mining, learning analytics and quantitative field observation methods in order to better understand how students respond to educational software, and how these responses impact their learning. He studies these issues within intelligent tutors, simulations, and educational games. In recent years, he and his colleagues have developed strategies to make inferences in real-time about students' motivation, meta-cognition, affect, and robust learning.

Dr. Baker will deliver his lecture entitled, "Educational Data Mining: Predict the Future, Change the Future," on Monday, November 5, 2012 in Milbank Chapel at 5:00pm

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Julius and Rosa Sachs Distinguished Lecturer

Lecture Series Background

Julius Sachs (1849-1934) was born in Baltimore, the son of a rabbi.  His older brothers became investment experts, forming a Sachs investment firm. At the time of his marriage to Rosa Sachs, the firm merged with rival Goldman.  Upon receiving his doctorate in Europe, he returned to New York to found the Sachs Collegiate Institute for Boys and Girls, which is today known as the Collegiate School.  In 1902, Julius Sachs was invited by Dean Russell to join the faculty at Teachers College.  His fields included the classics, philology, archeology, and art.  Sachs was part of the Committee of Eight who, in 1909, wrote a new curriculum for teaching history which became a model for teaching social studies in the elementary grades.

Dr. and Mrs. Julius Sachs established the lecture series in 1924 with the purpose of making it possible to bring distinguished visiting lecturers to campus, chosen by the Dean, to deliver lectures "on some phase of education best suited to promotion of progress in secondary education."

Sachs Lecturers


Pam Grossman

Re-imagining Teacher Education in a Shifting Landscape


Samuel Lucas

-' On Exposure to Discrimination

-' When Some Are More Equal Than Others: Equalizing Opportunity in a Resistant Society

-' Social Sabotage: The Persistence of Societal Dysfunctions Despite Our Best Efforts


Carolyn Riehl

Something Imagined, Not Recalled: Leading America's Schools Beyond their Maximum Lifespan


Richard Rothstein

Accountability and Closing the Gap


Elizabeth Ellsworth

Around and About the Limits of Education


Larry Cuban

Why Is It So Hard to Get Good Schools?


Amy Stuart Wells



Frank Newman


Fall 1998

Ursula Cassanova


Fall 1998

David Charles Berliner



Henry M. Levin

A Dream for All Children: Accelerated Schools; Educational Vouchers: Arming Ourselves for the Current Debate


James Banks



Philip Jackson

Untaught Lessons: Three Teachers Recalled


A.H. Passow



K.G. Saiyidain

Education and the Art of Living


Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery of Alemein

Education for Leadership


T.H. Briggs

The Secondary School Curriculum


J.B. Conant

Public Education and the Structure of American Society


C.L.A. Bougle

The French Conception of -'Culture Generale' and its Influence Upon Instruction


D.E. Smith

Challenging Problems in American Schools of Education


C.H. Becker

Secondary Education and Teacher Training in Germany


M.E. Sadler

Outlook in Secondary Education


F.J.E. Woodbridge

Contrasts in Education

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