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2003 at Teachers College

It was a year of growth and change at TC, even as we reaffirmed our most deeply rooted values and traditions.

Fourteen new faculty members joined the school, while current faculty such as Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Jeff Henig, Amy Stuart Wells, Tama Leventhal, Lucy Calkins, Angela Calabrese Barton and Xiandong Lin contributed ground-breaking new research in their fields. The largest and most successful capital campaign ever conducted by a school of education came to a close, and renovation of the Gottesman Libraries neared completion. There were guest appearances by Congressman Charles Rangel, author James Garbarino, PBS television talk show host Richard Heffner and jazz great Billy Taylor.

Beyond its own doors, TC made its presence felt through the establishment of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching (thanks to a $10.8 million grant from Lilo and Gerard Leeds); the creation of a professional development program for schools in Central Harlem; and such existing venues as the annual Superintendents Work Conference and the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished New York City Principals. TC faculty and students also rallied before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action in higher education admissions.

On the international front, the College hosted its first Conference on Chinese Education; sent a delegation of students to study reading development in Tanzania; and launched a major initiative to rebuild education in war-torn Afghanistan.

The academic year concluded with a Convocation ceremony that honored folk singer Pete Seeger, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend James A. Ford of New York City's Riverside Church, documentary film maker Ken Burns, civil rights attorney Morris Dees and pharmaceutical executive Hank McKinnell-a distinguished and diverse group whose common feature, as Acting President Darlyne Bailey put it, is "a selfless commitment to social justice."

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