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Aaron Pallas Quoted in Articles on the Future of Teacher Evaluations in NY State

Professor Aaron Pallas was quoted in articles in Chalkbeat and NYC Lens about the handling of teachers' evaluations in the just-passed NY State budget. Published: 4/8/2015 4:24:00 PM

Aaron Pallas on Chancellor Tisch's Empty Rhetoric on 'Opting Out'

In an article he wrote for The Hechinger Report, an independent news website based at TC, Professor Aaron Pallas challenged NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch's assertion that opting out of testing is a "terrible mistake." Published: 4/8/2015 4:15:00 PM

EPSA Alumni Terrenda White and Travis Bristol Featured in Education Week

An Education Week article on "The Teachers of Color Disappearance Crisis" featured responses from 2014 alumni Travis Bristol (PhD, Education Policy) and Terrenda White (PhD, Sociology & Education). Published: 4/2/2015 4:12:00 PM

Luis Huerta on Houston Public Radio: "Vouchers Don't Always Increase Access"

Luis Huerta, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, is quoted in a Houston Public Media radio story about school voucher proposals in Texas. Huerta, who has researched vouchers and charter schools, says that vouchers, which would make state allocations for public school portable to private institutions, don't always lead to greater access to private schools."Private organizations, specifically private schools, have the ability to choose whomever they want to enter into those schools," he said.Huerta debunked another claim about vouchers -'" that students perform better in private schools. In fact, he said research indicates that after students transfer to a private school, they often perform about the same as their peers back in public school -'" or even worse. And it's impossible to hold private schools accountable for students' education, even if they receive public dollars.He's planning to testify at a Texas Senate senate hearing Thursday. Published: 3/27/2015 12:26:00 PM

Basil Smikle's "Solving Minority Underrepresentation in STEM Careers." The Hill, March 6, 2015

Basil Smikle, a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics & Education Program and a contributor to The Hill, a US political website, gives an overview of the recent history and also the current representation of women and minorities in STEM careers. Published: 3/6/2015 11:57:00 AM

Research by Di Xu and Xin Gong

Research by Economics and Education PhD alumna Di Xu and PhD student Xin Gong has found that household income in China is directly correlated to preschool attendance. Published: 3/3/2015 10:47:00 AM

Pallas Letter to New York Times

Professor Pallas in NY Times on Annual Testing: Perhaps There's Another Way to Hold Schools Accountable Published: 2/26/2015 10:47:00 AM

Aaron Pallas Quoted in the New York Times

The New York Times quoted Professor Pallas in an article on Chancellor Farina's new course for NYC schools. Published: 2/19/2015 10:27:00 AM

Henig and Neumann Are Elected Members of the National Academy of Education

Anna Neumann

Anna Neumann, Professor of Higher Education

Jeffrey Henig

Jeffrey Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education

Teachers College faculty members Jeffrey Henig and Anna Neumann have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education for their contributions to educational research and policy development.

Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education, is Chair of TC’s Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis. His work has focused on privatization and school choice, race and urban politics, the politics of urban education reform and the politics of education research. He is the author of Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates, The Case of Charter Schools (Russell Sage Foundation/The Century Foundation, 2008), which won the 2010 Outstanding Book Award of the American Education Research Association. He also co-edited, with TC faculty member Henry Levin and Katrina E. Bulkley of Montclair State University, Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform  (Harvard Education Press, 2010).

Neumann, Professor of Higher Education and Director of TC’s Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education, has focused her research on, among other things, teaching and learning in urban colleges and universities serving first-generation learners. Her most recent book, Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), analyzes the scholarly learning and development of 78 early midcareer professors in diverse disciplines and fields and working at five major American research universities. Neumann has been named a Fellow of the American Education Research Association (AERA) for "exceptional scientific and scholarly contributions to education research" and "significant contributions to the field."  She is a recipient of the AERA Division J Exemplary Research Award presented to scholars “whose published research has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field of higher education.”  She also is the immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Henig and Neumann were among 12 new education leaders elected to NAEd membership.

“The newly elected members are preeminent leaders in their respective areas of educational research, and they are recognized for the extraordinary influence that they have had on education in the U.S. and abroad,” said TC President Fuhrman, who also serves as NAEd President.

The NAEd advances the highest quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.


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