An enthusiastic crowd kicks off the academic year by celebrating TC's new address Published: 9/5/2013
This spring, when Frances Schoonmaker returns to China's Nanjing Normal University for the first time in 15 years, she'll be braced for a shock. Published: 6/28/2013
Former TC faculty member Donna E. Shalala has served in two presidential administrations and presided over three universities. In excerpts adapted from an interview for the Teachers College Oral History Project, she reflects on an unplanned career that has given her a unique perspective on why public schools matter. Published: 6/27/2013
It takes sweat and tears to prevent bloodshed Published: 6/27/2013
It's a truly global classroom out there. Time for the United States to pull up a chair. It's called "learner-centered pedagogy," and since the 1970s it has been popular with some funders of education reform. Empower a group of students to work together on a project or report, the thinking goes, and they'll raise questions and own the work in ways that plain old didactic instruction could never produce. Published: 6/27/2013
It's a truly global classroom out there. Time for the United States to pull up a chair. Published: 6/13/2013
The United States is becoming a majority non-white nation. To truly level the playing field, non-whites will need to reclaim and recast their own narratives. Published: 6/13/2013
Professor of Education Published: 4/22/2013
The Mingyuan Education Project
With financial support from the Gu Mingyuan Educational Research and Development Foundation (the Mingyuan Foundation), the Center on Chinese Education has launched the Mingyuan Education Project. The project is aimed at promoting education exchange between China and the United States, supporting research on Chinese education, and extending the outreach of the Mingyuan Foundation. The project supports the activities of the Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University, during the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019. These activities include research, education and training, education exchange, and seminars. Funding for the project will be mainly used to provide financial support to student assistants associated with the Center on Chinese Education who participate in and contribute to these activities. These student assistants will be designated as the “Mingyuan Research Assistants”. In AY2014-2015, the Mingyuan Research Assistants include Xin Gong, Jing Li, Na Feng, Huanhuan Xia, and Yipeng Tang.
The Mingyuan Foundation was founded in 1997 in the name of Mr. Mingyuan Gu, a well-known educator in China and professor of comparative education in Beijing Normal University. He is one of the founding fathers of comparative education in China. Professor Gu is a former President of the World Council of Comparative Education Society as well as a former President of the Chinese Society of Education. Currently he is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Education, the leader of the team on Advancing Quality Education Reform, the Vice Director of the Advisory Committee of Research Center on Education Development, and the Director of the Teacher Education Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education, China. Professor Gu has published more than 600 research articles and over 40 books. Not only has he been well-established in educational theories, but he is also very influential on educational practice. He has participated in the major educational reforms in China for over sixty years.
Apart from the Mingyuan Education project, the Mingyuan Foundation has other scholarship projects such as the Mingyuan Education Award, Educators in Growth and Mingyuan Plan for Educational Entrepreneurship. A brochure of the Mingyuan Foundation in Chinese can be downloaded below.