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Priscilla Wohlstetter: Helping Educators Implement the Common Core. Jan. 8, 2014

What is helping the Common Core succeed in NYC? Is New York City on track to ensure that the new Common Core standards will address academic achievement gaps and build skills like problem solving and persistence that also are crucial to college and career readiness? What steps should the next administration take to ensure this happens? Published: 1/10/2014 9:31:00 AM

Michael Rebell in the Daily News: Cuomo's Obligation to your Kids. Jan. 6, 2014

TC's Michael Rebell to Gov. Cuomo "Fund Schools, not Tax Cuts." The Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity writes in The New York Daily News that if Cuomo's estimated $2 billion surplus is real, the state should start paying down its $4 billion debt to schools. Published: 1/10/2014

Aaron Pallas Offers Mayor de Blasio Some School Advice

On WNYC's SchoolBook blog, Aaron Pallas offers five cost-conscious tips for improving NYC schools. Published: 1/6/2014 5:36:00 PM

Priscilla Wohlstetter in WNYC's School Book blog. Dec. 9, 2013

Love 'em or hate 'em, charter schools are going to be with us for the foreseeable future, argues TC's Priscilla Wohlstetter Published: 12/11/2013 3:37:00 PM

Winners of the 2013-2014 Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship is open to TC students, regardless of their department or program, whose dissertation research has the potential to inform societal efforts to improve educational opportunity, achievement, or equity. This research should be focused on an important policy issue at any level of government, reflect potential for policy utility, and show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected journals. Our view of policy relevance is a broad one, encompassing research that affects policy indirectly by shifting public understanding of societal challenges and opportunities for effective intervention. Published: 11/20/2013 11:16:00 AM

Scott-Clayton Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

Professor Scott-Clayton testified before the Senate HELP Committee about gaps in college enrollment and the effects of financial aid, and made suggestions for reform. Published: 11/14/2013 1:16:00 PM

Thomas Bailey in the NYT Room for Debate. Oct. 29, 2013

Prof. Bailey, Director of TC's Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, writes in the New York Times Room for Debate, that having high schools, colleges, and institutions collaborate can increase high school graduation and college success. graduation and college success. Published: 11/4/2013 11:24:00 AM

Scott-Clayton Proposes Changes to Pell Grant System

Scott-Clayton Proposes Changes to Pell Grant System

The Assistant Professor at the Community College Research Center proposes major structural changes to improve college student outcomes. Published: 10/31/2013

EPSA students win 2013 NAEd/Spencer dissertation fellowships

Two EPSA Ph.D. students are among the 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer dissertation winners. Read more..........  
 

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.

Terranda White's winning dissertation title is: "Culture and Pedagogy in Market-Driven Times: Embedded Case-Studies of Teaching in Two Urban Charter Schools."
 

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.

Travis Bristol's winning dissertation title: "Men of the Classroom: An Exploration of how the Organizational Conditions, Characteristics, and Dynamics in Schools Affect the Recruitment, Experiences, and Retention of Black Male Teachers."
(7/24/2013)

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