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Amy Stuart Wells: "SchoolBook" Blogger

Amy wells

Alumna Amy Stuart Wells is now blogging for the New York Times site, "SchoolBook". In her debut column and current Professor of Sociology and Education, Wells discusses school choice anxiety and the competitive nature of high school exams. Read her blog at SchoolBook now.

Education nationRavitch debates Canada during NBC News Education Nation Summit

2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Diane Ravitch, squares off on education reform with Geoffrey Canada, in a debate moderated by NBC’s David Gregory. Watch the debate and the roundtable discussion that followed here.

Art Educator, Derby Enthusiast



Ariana Stokas
is the Assistant Dean of the College for Equity Initiatives, the Director of Bard Educational Opportunity Program and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bard College. Stokas recently presented at the first PLATO (Philosophical Learning and Teaching) Institute, hosted at TC, where she spoke at the "Aesthetics in the Classroom" session. To continue reading about Stokas and her other love, roller derby, visit TC's A&H website www.tc.edu/a&h.

Diabetes Management

Jacqueline Santora Zimmerman is a research dietitian at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia Univeristy Medical Center assisting in the development and implementation of nutrition-related research studies. After completing both her MS in Nutrition Education and her Dietetic Internship, Zimmerman is one of the first students to begin another program at TC: the online Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management Program. For more information on this new program and some of the courses for this program visit www.tc.edu/diabetes.

Language Arts

Monika ekiert


Monika Ekiert
received her doctorate in Applied Linguistics (AL) from TC in May, 2010. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from TC. She has collectively spent nine years at the college in a variety of capacities (including a revamp of the Community Language Program) and is now herself a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor at CUNY. To continue reading about Stokas and her love of language, visit TC's A&H website www.tc.edu/a&h.


Teachers College News

Oyler, Souto-Manning on NBC Channel 4 About Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers

In a story about the challenges faced by today's teachers, reporter Andrew Siff interviewed Professor Celia Oyler about TC's emphasis on preparing culturally competent teachers. Siff also filmed part of Professor Mariana Souto-Manning's class in Early Childhood Education and interviewed two TC students from that class about why they are passionate about teaching.
Click here for more information.


Matthew Johnson Talks to ABC About Preventing Test Cheating


Johnson
The Associate Professor of Statistics and Education told Channel 7's Art McFarland that cheating on standardized tests is preventable by instituting a few simple practices.
Click here for more information.

Views on the News

Views on the News is a monthly online journal of analysis just launched by the External Affairs team at Teachers College. Enlisting the expertise of TC's faculty, alumni, students and leadership, Views on the News offers timely analysis and lively commentary on news events and current trends in education, health, nutrition, organizational leadership and other fields within the College's core areas of research, policy and practice. To subscribe, go to www.tc.edu/news/views.htm.

TC Annual Fund

Being TC

As a member of the Teachers College community, you know how deeply our work transforms lives. The TC Fund enables the college to provide our students and faculty with the resources they need to become accomplished scholars, educators, and leaders. Your contribution will support individuals who will work in our communities for decades to come.

Please act now and make a gift online at www.tc.edu/givetotc or call 212-678-4067. Every gift counts!

Plan Ahead for Year-End Giving to the Annual Fund


You can help both Teachers College and yourself by making a charitable contribution before December 31. Cash and securities are deductible charitable contributions. If you give a gift of appreciated securities that you have held for longer than one year, you can deduct the full fair market value on your 2008 tax return and avoid capital gains tax.

If you wish to give a gift of appreciated securities or mutual fund shares, contact your investment advisor soon to be sure your gift is completed by December 31. You can also use appreciated securities to establish a charitable gift annuity with Teachers College that will provide you with a fixed income for life, as well as a charitable deduction.

If we can be of any assistance as you plan a gift of stock, please see the stock transfer instructions on our giving web pages at www.tc.edu/supporttc or contact Mary Amoon-Hickey at 212-678-3392. Please note that a stock transfer can take up to seven business days to complete, so remember to plan early.

The Next Step: TC

Informational Sessions
The Office of Admission is hosting information sessions to speak with prospective students about the TC experience and the admission process. We may be coming to your neighborhood and extend an invitation to alumni if you would like to take part in these sessions to share your TC experience and give an alumni perspective. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Deanna Ghozati, Associate Director of Admission, at dg2117@columbia.edu.

(Each session is from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)


Friday, October 7
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611


Thursday, October 20
Strathallan Hotel 550 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607


Wednesday, October 26

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607


Saturday, October 29

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Wednesday, November 2

Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303


Thursday, November 3
Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW Washington, DC 20037


Bookshelf

Alumni Publications

To read about our TC authors, please click on the links below.

Book cover Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing: Making the Most of Mentoring in a Nutshell by Connie Vance



Book cover Wisdom for Separated Parents: Rearranging Around the Children to Keep Kinship Strong
by Judy Osborne



Book cover The Big Enough Company: Creating a Business That Works for You by Adelaide Lancaster and Amy Abrams




Book cover Every Minute on Earth by Steve Murrie, Matthew Murrie and Tom Bloom





Book cover Creating and Presenting an Early Childhood Education Portfolio by Delores Lowe Friedman

 


Book cover
The Dancing Dialogue by Suzi Tortora





Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works?
Send information on your work to tcalumni@tc.edu, subject: Alumni Publications.


Gottesman Library

October 6, 2011

A Socratic Conversation: What Educational Rights Should Children Have?

Can we create a more caring, generous, and just society to demonstrate critical commitment to the lifeblood of our country, protect our children's well being, and enable their opportunities for success in education and life? Based on recent findings*, and on Peter Cookson's book, Sacred Trust: A Children's Education Bill of Rights (Corwin Press, 2011), we'll discuss how we can best equity and academic achievement for all American children. Cookson calls us to action by describing 10 fundamental rights and needs that establish a framework for the future of democracy and innovation in education.

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Second Floor Salon of Gottesman Library

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

October 12, 2011

Book Talk: Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide, with Tatyana Kleyn & Panel of Dreamers/Undocumented Youth
Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2011) is a valuable resource for secondary teachers to expose their students to contemporary immigration issues, some of which are unfolding daily, and impact many of our students directly. This book "aims to generate discussion on immigration through the combination of factual information and real-life stories, experiences, and quotes from teenagers and young adults that both tell and show the ways in which immigration has played out in our nation."(Chapter 1, p.1). It is part of the series, It Happened to Me, designed for the inquisitive youth searching for answers to life's most difficult questions related to social issues.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Russell 306
For more information or to RSVP, click here.


If you are interested in learning more about events hosted by the Gottesman Library, such as Socratic Conversations, Book Talks and more, please visit http://library.tc.columbia.edu/.

Department News

Links and news from TC's Departments.

Arts & Humanities


Biobehavioral Sciences

Counseling & Clinical Psychology


Curriculum & Teaching


Education Policy & Social Analysis (Fall 2011)


Health & Behavior Studies

Human Development

International & Transcultural Studies

Mathematics, Science & Technology

Organization & Leadership

Continuing & Professional Studies

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October Alumni Newsletter

Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award Nominations
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awards- the highest honor bestowed on TC Alumni by the Alumni Association. We invite you to nominate TC graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have earned high respect among their colleagues and the general community, and whose impact is felt on a national or international level. Recent graduates who have graduated from TC in the past 10 years or less, have earned distinction in their field, and who demonstrate further future potential will be honored with the Early Career Award.

Do you know an alumnus or alumna who meets these criteria? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due by October 31, 2011. Fill out the nomination form here or at www.tc.edu/alumni. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at tcalumni@tc.edu. Nominees will be announced in January and will be honored during Academic Festival 2012 on April 21, 2012.

For video of this past year's Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award recipients being honored, click here.

A Letter for the Alumni Association President, Adam Vane

Dear Fellow Alumni,

Your Alumni Association Council has been busy implementing some strategic changes to better serve you. The mission of the association, (re)connecting alumni to the TC community, has tasked us with finding ways to help you feel inspired, continue learning and experience a sense of connection to a diverse group of colleagues who share a common educational experience and a value for life-long learning.

For those in the community who may have wanted to connect to other graduates from their program but didn’t know how, we have expanded the ad hoc member role on the council, so you no longer have to be a full council member in order to participate. This offers an opportunity to be an integral part of evenings with experts, idea cafes and the social/networking events that you may have read about or attended over the last few years. Not sure what I’m talking about? Take a look at the committee descriptions below, and explore what might be possible for you, either as an ad hoc committee volunteer or simply an attendee. Since most of the work of the council is implemented through committees, the following is an update of what each committee does, and how you might (re)connect. To continue reading, click here. >>

Attention Teachers!
There is a new nonprofit, ClassWish.org, which can help you get the classroom resources you need without spending your own money. ClassWish.org makes it easy: Teachers visit the site to create "Wish Lists" of the items they need to equip great classrooms (as easy as shopping online), visitors see exactly what is needed and make tax-deductible donations to help, many companies match employees' donations, which can double their funding and the items shipped directly to the teachers at no cost!

Update Your Information and Stay Connected to TC
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Upcoming Alumni Events

October 2011
Downtown houston at nightOctober 6, 2011 - Houston Alumni Reception & Program: "Learning through the Arts"
Join fellow alumni for a reception hosted by a TC alumna who is graciously welcoming us into her River Oaks home to share her passion for the Arts and her personal collection with the TC Community. Featured speaker, Dr. Judith Burton, TC Professor of Art Education, will share insights from her research and work on the role artists play in the education of children and the transfer of learning in the arts.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Houston, TX - River Oaks Area
To RSVP or for more information visit http://www.tc.edu/alumni/events/9840.

October 6, 2011 - HBS Colloquium: Health Disparities Toolkit for Public Health Agencies to Improve Their Practices with Dean Bobbie Berkowitz
Bobbie Berkowitz PhD, RN, FAAN is currently the Dean and Mary O'Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and Senior Vice President of the Columbia University Medical Center. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Washington and previously served as the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health at the UW. For more infromation on Berkowitz, click here.
Hosted by: The Office of the Provost of Teachers College and Gottesman Libraries
Time:
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 305 Russell Hall, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/10115.

October 6-7, 2011 - Reconstructing National Identities: Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America
Throughout Latin America, projects to develop intercultural bilingual education began to emerge in the 1970s. Supported by diverse national and international institutions, countries undertook this agenda of educational change to recognize and respond to the diverse ethnicities and languages of their populations and to address the long-standing marginalization of indigenous communities. Please join us for this conference to analyze the development, implementation and transformation of intercultural bilingual education across Latin America. Through presentations, panels and discussion, participants will trace the trajectory of concepts and policies shaping intercultural bilingual education, paying special attention to the ways in which these were adapted and appropriated at local, national and transnational levels.
Time:
Professional Development Workshop: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Conference Launch: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College, Grace Dodge Hall 179
The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, please visit http://ibeconference.eventbrite.com/.

October 11, 2011 - Special Presentation - "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low- Income Students"
What is the cost to America's economic competitiveness and civic health of continuing to reduce educational expenditures without regard to its impact on student learning? SusanFuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University will moderate a panel discussion of five white papers that detail the Campaign for Educational Equity's ambitious plan for systemic educational reform with the goal of explaining how comprehensive educational opportunity is affordable and achievable. The legal, financial, and social policy ramifications of this plan will be presented and debated.Presenters include: Dr. John B. King Jr., New York State Commissioner of Education and president of the University of the State of New York; Michael Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity; Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, president of Say Yes to Education; David Wakelyn, Deputy Secretary for Education in the State of New York and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Time: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
For further information, please refer to the Campaign for Educational Equity website at www.equitycampaign.org. Please register online at www.tc.edu/events/9838 or email tcinvite@tc.edu.

October 12, 2011 - "How to Navigate Your Career Within the Current Market" Webinar
CompassJoin consultant and alumna Julia Harris Wexler as she helps you with your career. This session is perfect for those alumni who are considering career shifts, as well as recent graduates on the job hunt. Wexler will discuss traits that recruiters look for such as: how candidates are evaluated, tools available to help you find a match for your strengths and values so you can pursue an appropriate career and building a career strategy.
Hosted By: TC Career Services, Alumni Relations and Julia Harris Wexler
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9841.

TCWednesday, October 12, 2011: 5th Annual State of the College Address delivered by President Susan Fuhrman
TC alumni are warmly welcome to attend President Fuhrman's 5th Annual State of the College Address. Now in her sixth year leading TC, President Fuhrman will reflect on the past five years and look forward to the next five. The program will also include a performance by students in the TC Music Program, the presentation of the Elaine Brantley Memorial Awards for Community & Civility and will be followed by a community-wide reception.
Hosted by: President's Office
Time: 3:30 p.m.; reception immediately following the program
Location: State of the College Address: The Joyce Berger Cowin Conference Center, Horace Mannl; Reception: Everett Lounge, Zankel.
No RSVP necessary.

October 17, 2011 - Resume/Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Come and learn what it takes to set yourself apart and to create a winning Resume and Cover Letter that will land you an interview.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 140 Horace Mann, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 18, 2011 - Job Search/Networking Workshop
Come learn about the state of the job market, how to develop and execute a smart search strategy and the importance of networking.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 138 Horace Mann, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 19, 2011 - General Interviewing Workshop
The interview is where you need to sell yourself to the employer. Not just your skills and experience, but also your attitude and appearance. This workshop will provide you with techniques and strategies needed for a successful interview that will get you your desired job.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 152 Horace Mann, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 19, 2011 - Gallup Information Session
The Gallup Organization has studied human nature and behavior for more than 70 years. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology. Gallup performance management systems help organizations boost organic growth by increasing customer engagement and maximizing employee productivity through measurement tools, coursework, and strategic advisory services. Gallup's 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, at Gallup University's campuses, and in 40 offices around the world.
Time: 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zankel 109 (Board of Trustees Room)
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 20, 2011 - Harlem Children's Zone Information Session
The Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem, providing free support for the children and families in the form of parenting workshops, a pre-school program, three public charter schools, and child-oriented health programs for thousands of children and families. The HCZ is "aimed at doing nothing less than breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of children and families it serves.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Dodge Hall, Private Dining Room
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 20, 2011 - Education Pioneers Information Session
Education Pioneers, a national non-profit organization, recruits talent from business, law, education, public policy and other disciplines to work in the field of education. Education Pioneers grooms a new generation of leaders to address our nation's most critical urban education issues. Education Pioneers' work results in a pipeline of highly skilled, talented people working in the field of education and increases capacity and results in its Partner schools, districts and education organizations. Education Pioneers supports Alumni as they launch and maintain successful, rewarding careers in the field of education through career counseling, a job board, professional development opportunities, and access to its extensive network of organizations and education professionals.

Recruiting for: 2012 Graduate School Fellowship
Location: Horace Mann 152; 5:45-7:00 p.m.| Office Hours: Horace Mann 144; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 20, 2011 - Salary Negotiation Workshop
Learn how to negotiate job offers and salary packages!
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 150 Horace Mann, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 25, 2011 - What to Know Before Getting a Doctorate Degree Panel
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn all about the do's and don'ts of the doctorate degree process. Everything from the doctoral admission process, the distinctions between the different degrees and programs, and tips on the interview process will be discussed. Get the knowledge needed to make the best decision for your future from this informative panel. Please register on TCCS LINK within the 'Career Fairs and Events' section.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 179 Grace Dodge Hall , Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

October 27, 2011 - Houston Independent Schools Information Session
The Houston Independent School District is looking for great leaders. With over 200,000 students in the seventh-largest public school system in the country and the largest in Texas, we are poised to make a real difference in education in Texas and nationally. We have a new superintendent, Dr. Terry Grier, who is focused on leading real change to ensure that we are the first major city to close the achievement gap.
Location: Horace Mann 152
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

November 2011

November 4, 2011 - Curriculum Vitae (CV) Writing Workshop
Come and learn what it takes to set yourself apart and to create a winning CV that will land you an interview.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 150 Horace Mann, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, visit TCCS Link through myTC Portal.

November 7, 2011 -Inner Kids for schools and the New ABCs -- Attention, Balance and Compassion
For over a decade, presenters Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of the Mindful Child (Free Press, 2010) and Suzi Tortora, author of Dancing Dialogue (Brooks, 2005) have worked to integrate contemporary dance movement therapy techniques with classical mindfulness practice. The result is a well established set of playful, active, mindfulness-based activities that are incorporated into the Inner Kids school-based program. Unique in its 'theory + practice' approach, Inner Kids teaches age-appropriate, secular activities that develop the new ABCs: Attention, Balance and Compassio for children pre-kindergarten through young adult. Inner Kids for schools strengthens and supports how you communicate and teach with activities that develop greater mind-body awareness, compassionate life skills and help manage stress. Inner Kids can easily be adapted for home, afterschool programs, or clinical practice. In this ninety-minute presentation, Kaiser Greenland and Tortora will briefly review the relationship between the theory, practice and research associated with the Inner Kids program and provide an opportunity for you to play a few Inner Kids games and ask questions. This public talk is an excellent introduction to Inner Kids for schools.
Hosted By: Mindfulness and Education Working Group (MEWG)The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Alumni Relations and the Office of Student Activities and Programs
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow.
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, please visit thenewabcs.eventbrite.com/ .

Washington dcNovember 9, 2011 - "Sweeping Reform of DC Public Schools" with Bill Turque of The Washington Post
In 2008, Time Magazine's cover photo of former DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, broom in hand, symbolized her desire to "sweep out" bad teachers in Washington, DC's public schools. Teachers College, Columbia University invites Washington Post education reporter Bill Turque to provide his perspective on how DC education reform has fared in the three years since that article was written. Bill Turque came to The Post as an editor on the Maryland staff in 2002 after 15 years at Newsweek,where he covered the White House and national politics. He covered Fairfax County government before taking over the D.C. schools beat in April 2008. He's also worked at The Kansas City Star and The Dallas Times Herald.
Hosted By: TC DC Regional Group and Alumni Relations
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: The National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor - Washington, DC 20045
Costs: Tickets are $20 each (includes two drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres).

November 14, 2011 - Columbia Networking Nights: Careers in Education
Networkwith Columbia Alumni who work within the field of Education, which include, but are not limited to Community/Advocacy, Educational Publishing, Educational Technology, For Profits, Higher Education, Museum Education and PreK-12.
Hosted By: Columbia Alumni Association, TC Career Services and Alumni Reations
Location:
Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
More information to follow.

November 16, 2011 - International Education Week Student & Alumni Mixer
Join the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association and the Office International Student Services for a mixer celebrating International Education Week. Stay tuned for the full lineup of I Ed Week events, which include global hot topics and panel discussions featuring TC faculty, alumni and students.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Location:
Teachers College
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9843.

December 2011

December 14, 2011 - EL Thorndike Pyschology Roundtable: "Living in a Traumatic World"
The innagural E.L. Thorndike Pyschology Roundtable: "Living in a Traumatic World" will showcase a range of viewpoints, research and therapeutic approaches to dealing with the effects of exposure to trauma. Panelists will include TC Faculty George Bonnano, Lisa Miller, Phil Saigh, and TC alumnae Dale Atkins and Ghislaine Boulanger. Marla Brassard, TC Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Clinical Training, will moderate the panel.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location:
Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/10157.

January 2012

Lynn kagan

                        January 11, 2012 - Washington DC Alumni Reception in conjunction with Federal Policy Institute program featuring TC President Susan Fuhrman and Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan.
Join fellow DC alumni, as well as current TC policy students for this annual event. Stay tuned for more information about the special guest speaker for this event.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time:
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Washington, DC venue TBD
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9844.

February 2012

Sweethearts

                        February 14, 2012 - TC Sweethearts Valentine Event
Calling all TC Sweethearts! Did you meet your significant other on campus? Join us for a Valentine's event featuring a concert from the Teachers College Chamber Music program. A cocktail reception will follow the performance.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location:
Teachers College
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9845.

February 29, 2012 - Speed Networking Event
Students and alumni from across all TC Departments will come together to network in a fast and fresh format, where all will benefit from this opportunity to hone the skills needed for success in today's job place. Whether you are happily employed, seeking new challenges, have advice to share or all ears...speed networking is the experience for you! Time will be devoted for alumni peer-to-peer networking, as well as student and alumni interaction.
Hosted By: TCCS and Alumni Relations
Time:
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: New York, NY TBD
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9846.

April 2012

April 5, 2012 - International Week Student & Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception
Join the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association, International students & fellow alumni in celebrating International Week on campus. Celebrate the cultures of the world represented in TC's student body through the flavors of international wines and cheeses.
Hosted By:
TC Offices of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Location:
Teachers College
Time: 6:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9847.

April 21, 2012 - Academic Festival
Join us on campus for Academic Festival, the annual homecoming event for Teachers College alumni, which is a day-long celebration of the rich intellectual traditions, past and present, that make TC the nation's leading school of education. Take part in interactive and educational sessions, which will offer something for everyone. Stay tuned as we unveil next year's theme, Keynote Speaker and the list of Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awardees.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
More information coming soon.

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit www.tc.edu/alumni/events,asp or email tcalumni@tc.edu.

For a full calendar of events happening on TC's campus, visit http://www.tc.edu/calendar/.

**Event times and locations are subject to change. Please check the website prior to the event for the most up-to-date information.

TCCS Career Corner

Alumni Mentor Spotlight: Barbara Schwartz-Bechet
Schwartz-Bechet is the Director of Certification Programs and Reading Strands in the Graduate School of Management and Technology in the Department of Education. She is also the director of the MAT program within the department and is responsible for the curriculum, faculty and accreditation reporting. In addition, Barbara works with undergraduate programs at the university and two universities in Europe. She also writes and administers grants, presents at national and international conferences and publishes. Educational Background: Ed.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, 1994. Expertise: Special Education, Administration and Supervision, Networking, Online Instruction and Personalized Learning, Diversity. Advice: If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish your dreams. Stay true to yourself. Do what is right and you will achieve your goals.

Alumni Mentor Program
• Contact up to five mentors per month through email, that's 60 per year. Includes 660+ mentors who have graduated from all TC majors.
• Meet with professionals in various career fields, develop career plans, and create professional networks in various industries.
Interested in Becoming an Alumni Mentor? More information on the program here.

Recruit TC
Is your organization seeking talented professionals? Contact TCCS to discuss recruiting efforts. Please contact Vicki Gochenour, Assistant Director of Employer Relations at 212-678-3202 or via email at gochenour@tc.edu.

TCCS Events
Use TCCS Link through myTC Portal to RSVP for the events below, access online job postings, alumni mentors, online resources and more. Forgot your password? Simply visit http://uni.columbia.edu/, click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts.

October 5, 2011 - Alumni Mentor Program Power Session
Come and learn everything you need to know about navigating Career Services' Alumni Mentoring & Career Networking Program. We will teach you how to contact up to 5 alumni mentors per month and professionally network in your field. You definitely don't want to miss this power session, which will provide helpful information for anyone interested in reaching out to a TC alumni mentor. It's never too early to start networking!
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time:
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 179 Grace Dodge Hall, Teachers College

October 12, 2011 - "How to Navigate Your Career Within the Current Market" Webinar
Join consultant and alumna Julia Harris Wexler as she helps you with your career. This session is perfect for those alumni who are considering career shifts, as well as recent graduates on the job hunt. Wexler will discuss traits that recruiters look for such as: how candidates are evaluated, tools available to help you find a match for your strengths and values so you can pursue an appropriate career and building a career strategy.
Hosted By: TC Career Services, Alumni Relations and Julia Harris Wexler
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.tc.edu/events/9841.

October 13, 2011 - Disney English Information Session
The Walt Disney Company has created Disney English an innovative form of language instruction that is inspiring children to become passionate English learners. Using child-friendly teaching methods, the Disney approach to English language learning engages children in an interactive learning process by immersing them in their favorite Disney stories, songs and characters to create a fun, lively and effective learning environment for kids ages 2-12.
Recruiting for: Language/Foreign Trainer
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Horace Mann 152

October 17, 2011 - Resume/Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Come and learn what it takes to set yourself apart and to create a winning Resume and Cover Letter that will land you an interview.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 140 Horace Mann, Teachers College

October 18, 2011 - Job Search/Networking Workshop
Come learn about the state of the job market, how to develop and execute a smart search strategy and the importance of networking.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 138 Horace Mann, Teachers College

October 19, 2011 - General Interviewing Workshop
The interview is where you need to sell yourself to the employer. Not just your skills and experience, but also your attitude and appearance. This workshop will provide you with techniques and strategies needed for a successful interview that will get you your desired job.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 152 Horace Mann, Teachers College

October 19, 2011 - Gallup Information Session
The Gallup Organization has studied human nature and behavior for more than 70 years. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology. Gallup performance management systems help organizations boost organic growth by increasing customer engagement and maximizing employee productivity through measurement tools, coursework, and strategic advisory services. Gallup's 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, at Gallup University's campuses, and in 40 offices around the world.
Time: 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zankel 109 (Board of Trustees Room)

October 20, 2011 - Harlem Children's Zone Information Session
The Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem, providing free support for the children and families in the form of parenting workshops, a pre-school program, three public charter schools, and child-oriented health programs for thousands of children and families. The HCZ is "aimed at doing nothing less than breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of children and families it serves.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Dodge Hall, Private Dining Room

October 20, 2011 - Education Pioneers Information Session
Education Pioneers, a national non-profit organization, recruits talent from business, law, education, public policy and other disciplines to work in the field of education. Education Pioneers grooms a new generation of leaders to address our nation's most critical urban education issues. Education Pioneers' work results in a pipeline of highly skilled, talented people working in the field of education and increases capacity and results in its Partner schools, districts and education organizations. Education Pioneers supports Alumni as they launch and maintain successful, rewarding careers in the field of education through career counseling, a job board, professional development opportunities, and access to its extensive network of organizations and education professionals.

Recruiting for: 2012 Graduate School Fellowship
Location: Horace Mann 152; 5:45-7:00 p.m.| Office Hours: Horace Mann 144; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

October 20, 2011 - Salary Negotiation Workshop
Learn how to negotiate job offers and salary packages!
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 150 Horace Mann, Teachers College

October 25, 2011 - What to Know Before Getting a Doctorate Degree Panel
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn all about the do's and don'ts of the doctorate degree process. Everything from the doctoral admission process, the distinctions between the different degrees and programs, and tips on the interview process will be discussed. Get the knowledge needed to make the best decision for your future from this informative panel. Please register on TCCS LINK within the 'Career Fairs and Events' section.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 179 Grace Dodge Hall , Teachers College

October 27, 2011 - Houston Independent Schools Information Session
The Houston Independent School District is looking for great leaders. With over 200,000 students in the seventh-largest public school system in the country and the largest in Texas, we are poised to make a real difference in education in Texas and nationally. We have a new superintendent, Dr. Terry Grier, who is focused on leading real change to ensure that we are the first major city to close the achievement gap.

Location: Horace Mann 152
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

November 4, 2011 - Curriculum Vitae (CV) Writing Workshop
Come and learn what it takes to set yourself apart and to create a winning CV that will land you an interview.
Hosted by: TC Career Services
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 150 Horace Mann, Teachers College

IvyLife-Columbia
Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month
IvyLife-Columbia is a LinkedIn group, which is also part of the parent group, IvyLife. Both groups hold various networking events in NYC as well as around the world. For more information, visit the group on LinkedIn or http://www.ivylife.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.

Columbia Externship Program
CU is seeking 20 Columbia alumni who are interested in hosting first year undergrads to shadow professionals in their workplace during spring break (March 12-16, 2012). Interested? Fill out your interest form online and contact Jill Galas Hickey at jg426@columbia.edu or 212-854-6643 for more details on the program.

Champion Columbia students at your Firm!
CU is seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Visit columbia.edu/hirecolumbians for more information.

Beyond Academia: Alternative Careers for PhDs; Alumni Panel
CU is seeking four Columbia Ph.D.s to share their personal career paths -- and decisions made along the way -- with current PhD students. For more information click here.

2011 Graduates and Degree Candidates Survey
If you are a 2011 graduate or degree candidate please take a few moments to fill out a brief TCCS survey.

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