News from EPSA
On April 9, former New York State Governor David Paterson, the chairman of the NYS Democratic Party, announced that Basil Smikle Jr. would become the new executive director of the party. Published: 4/17/2015 1:24:00 PM
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
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
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, 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, 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 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
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
EPSA students win 2013 NAEd/Spencer dissertation fellowships
Terrenda White is a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology and education program. She earned her B.A at Northwestern University, 1998-2002 at the School of Education and Social Policy. Her dissertation work focuses on urban charter school reform in NYC, particularly the role of teacher autonomy and professional development, teacher political identity and power, and school policies that impact the development of socially and culturally transformative pedagogy. At Teachers College, Terrenda has served as a research associate in the Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE), as well as student coordinator for the Critical Race Studies in Education Conference hosted at Teachers College in Spring of 2012. Terrenda is a former elementary school teacher and continues to work as a part-time instructor in various schools and youth development programs across Harlem. She is also an instructor and teacher coordinator for the Prison Education Initiative (PEI), providing evening classes for detained women on Rikers Island in NY. She is a native of Decatur, Georgia.
Travis Bristol is a Ph.D. candidate in the leadership, policy and politics program. Prior to starting his doctoral program, Travis taught English and Global Studies at two New York City public high schools. Also, during that time, he created curricular and extracurricular programs to address the academic and social needs of male students within each school. As a Ph.D candidate in leadership, policy and politics, his research interest focuses on the intersection of race and gender in organizations; in particular he examines how the various policy levers used by local, state, national and international actors influence outcomes within schools. Specifically, his dissertation will explore how within school organizational conditions affect the experiences of Black male teachers. At T.C., Travis has had the opportunity to expand his understanding of organizational theory, policy, and curriculum and teaching. Through course work in education and economic development in his first semester, he was well prepared for his summer internships with the World Bank where he worked in Washington D.C. and Georgetown, Guyana for its ministry of education. His projects included developing a male teacher recruitment campaign, surveying teachers, students, and principals to create a strategy to reduce teacher and student absenteeism, providing a needs assessment for the distant teacher training program, and, in line with his research interest, designing a curriculum for teachers on engaging boys in the classroom. Currently, Travis serves as a clinical teacher educator for the Boston Teacher Residency Program.