2005 at TC: The Year in Review
More than 600 educators gather at
Jodie Lane Fund Created
A $1 million endowed scholarship is established at Teachers College to honor the memory of
Evaluating School Leadership Programs
"Educating School Leaders," a report by Teachers College President Arthur Levine, finds serious flaws in most of
Strengthening the Board
The College adds three new members to its Board of Trustees: Abby O'Neill, Chairman, Rockefeller & Co. Inc.; Dailey Pattee, TC alumna and Psychotherapist, Department of Psychiatry, Inpatient Units, New York Presbyterian Hospital; and Jay Urwitz, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, and legislative advocate for educational and non-profit institutions. A fourth new member, Eduardo J. Marti, President of Queensborough Community College, joins the Board later in the year.
Putting Great Teachers Where They're Needed
A report by a special commission of the New York City Council, co-chaired by TC President Levine, calls for improving teacher quality in the City's public schools through a combination of financial incentives for all teachers, more rigorous teacher assessment, smaller classes and greater accountability. The commission was created to recommend priority uses for anticipated new funding from
Education Behind Bars
The Teachers College Student Press Initiative (SPI) publishes Killing the Sky: Oral Histories from
Medalists Honored at 2005 Convocation
At its 2005 master's degree ceremonies, the College presents its Medal for Distinguished Service to:
Actress Ruby Dee and the late actor Ossie Davis, both civil rights activists, with their daughter, TC alumna Hasna Muhammad, receiving the award for her father;
New York City Councilman Robert Jackson and attorney Michael Rebell, co-founders of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which has won billions of dollars of additional funding for
Gary Orfield, Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-founder and Director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project;
Psychologist Jerome Bruner, co-founder with Jean Piaget of the field of cognitive psychology and a principal architect of the federal Head Start program;
Grammy-award winning folk singer Judy Collins (left); and
Historian and journalist Richard Heffner, host of television's longest-running talk show, "The Open Mind."
At its doctoral ceremonies, the College presents its Cleveland E. Dodge Medal - given to non-educators who have made a difference in education - to philanthropist George Weiss (left), founder of the Say Yes to Education inner-city scholarship program.
TC's student speakers are master's graduates Deb Sawch, a former corporate marketing executive, and Carolyn Woods, the first deaf student from Teachers College to be placed in a hearing classroom as a student teacher.
TC Announces First Policy Research Fellows
The College's Office of Policy and Research chose nine outstanding applicants, representing six departments, to receive $6,000 awards for work that will advance educational and social policy on levels ranging from local to international.
A Campaign for Equity
The College launches The Campaign for Educational Equity, aimed at overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between
The College opens a new
Remembering a TC Trustee
Arthur Zankel, Vice Chair of Teachers College's Board of Trustees, passes away. Zankel, 73, joined the Board in 2001 and initially chaired its Committee on Trustees and served on the Executive and Investment Committees. He supported the TC Education Partnership Zone, personally underwriting TC's Reading Buddies, a program in which TC students read daily with children at four local schools.
In a message to the Teachers College community, President Levine praises Zankel for "his passion for making a difference in the world" and calls his death "a profound loss to all who were touched by his enthusiasm and generosity."
A President's Departure
In his annual State of the College Address, Arthur Levine announces he will step down as the College's President in summer 2006. Levine will become President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which awards distinguished graduate fellowships, champions liberal arts education and promotes leadership opportunities among underserved groups.
A Better Orientation for New Students
The Offices of Admissions, Enrollment and Student Services conduct an expanded new five-day program called the New Student Experience Orientation, with activities ranging from informational seminars taught by current Teachers College students to a day-long fair on
Shelter From the Storm
TC enrolls, at no charge, four students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A researcher, Annie Weiss (left), also takes refuge at the College, joining TC's
The Elaine Brantley Memorial Award
The Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community and Civility is presented during State of the College ceremonies to Chandra Cates (far left), Administrative Assistant in Development and External Affairs, and Orlando Cartagena, Jr. (left), Custodian II in Facilities.
Ackerman Named Next Johnson Professor
TC announces that Arlene Ackerman, the 2004--2005 National Association of Black School Educators' Superintendent of the Year, will join its Education Leadership Faculty as the new Christian A. Johnson Professor of Outstanding Educational Practice in fall 2006. Under Ackerman,
CEO&I Names New Executive Director
Ann Armstrong, a veteran provider of education and learning solutions to corporate
New Leader for the Office of Teacher Education
The College creates a stronger, more centralized Office of Teacher Education. TC alumna A. Lin Goodwin, Associate Professor of Elementary Pre-Service Education, is named the College's first Associate Dean for Teacher Education and School-Based Support.
A Call to Arms
Congressman Charles Rangel and TC President Levine issue a joint call for the creation of greater incentives for highly qualified teachers to work in
First Equity Symposium Held
The Campaign for Education Equity holds its inaugural symposium, "The Social Costs of Inadequate Education." Chaired by faculty member Henry M. Levin, the event spotlights new data showing that
Bruner Delivers Marx Lecture
Cognitive psychologist and education reformer Jerome Bruner delivers TC's annual Virginia and Leonard Marx Lecture, titling his talk "Educating a Sense of the Possible." At 90, Bruner - still an active faculty member at the New York University School of Law - encourages educators to "cultivate a sense of make-believe in young children so they can first master the art of generating new worlds."
The New Teacher Academy of Teachers College Innovations receives a grant of $350,000 from Jones New York In The Classroom, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, to support teachers and improve education for children. The grant launches NTA-'"which builds support for, and encourages retention of, new teachers-'"into school districts in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Prince George's County, Maryland, and funds a continuing program in New York City.
TC presents Distinguished Alumni Awards to (in order from left, following Alumni Council President Andre McKenzie) Kathleen D. Morin (M.A., 1977; Ed.M., 1978; Ed.D., 1985), Director of Education for The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States; Robert L. Hilliard (Ph.D., 1959), a leading educator in communications; John F. Fanselow (Ph.D., 1971), President of International Pacific College in New Zealand; and Thomas S. Popkewitz (M.A., 1964), a distinguished scholar of curriculum theory. Michael Bitz, founding director of the Comic Book Project, and Hawthorne Smith and Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, receive TC's Early Career Awards.
Gordon Campus Dedicated
TC dedicates its offices at the former Hotel Theresa Towers in
Farewell to a Dynamic Dean
Darlyne Bailey, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of TC, announced in May 2006 that she was leaving Teachers College to seek new challenges.
"A big part of who I am today came together here," said Bailey, who will become Dean of the new
Since arriving at TC in January 2002 from Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, where she had been Dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Bailey spearheaded the creation of the TC Education Zone Partnership, an umbrella of the College's many collaborations with the New York City public school system, and the establishment of TC's new Edmund W. Gordon Campus in Harlem's former Hotel Theresa. She also worked to build what she terms "a service community" within TC. That effort included the hiring of Don Martin as the College's first Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services; restructuring and refocusing the Office of Teacher Education and School-based Support, under new Associate Dean A. Lin Goodwin; and establishing the Office of Accreditation and Assessment, headed by TC alumna Sasha Gribovskaya. Bailey is also proud that TC's Gottesman Libraries, under Professor Gary Natriello, is "now back at the heart of the College."
Most recently, Bailey also took steps to revitalize the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation, TC's hub for providing continuing education and professional development to both traditional and non-traditional markets, by bringing CEO&I a new Executive Director, Ann Armstrong.
"Darlyne is like sunshine - warm, sparkling, and full of energy - she is a woman of values and vision who gets the job done," says Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan, Associate Dean for Policy and Director of the Office of Policy and Research. "
Research in 2005
The following were some of the diverse research contributions by TC faculty in 2005:
A study conducted by George Bonanno, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, and doctoral students Courtney Rennicke and Sharon Decal, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that people who have proven most personally resilient after experiencing crises such as attacks on the World Trade Center are more likely to be those who, in day-to-day interactions, are difficult to get along with.
When arts learning is part of the school curriculum through collaborative in-school arts partnerships, children think more effectively and creatively and become more engaged in their work. That was the conclusion of a federally-funded, multi-year study conducted for ArtsConnection, a leading arts-in-education organization, by Rob Horowitz, Associate Director of the Center for Arts Education at TC. Horowitz presented the findings at a national symposium in
Thomas Bailey, George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education and Director of TC's Center for Community College Research, and his colleagues Katherine Hughes, Melinda Mecur Karp and Baranda Fermin, released "Pathways to College Access and Success," a study of programs in which struggling high school students take college or college-level courses. The study identified aspects of dual enrollment courses that participating students and teachers felt were most helpful. Next, CCCR will try to assess the impact of dual enrollment on rates of high school graduation and retention in college.
Backed by a $150,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation, TC's John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications and Education, and Professor Charles Kinzer, coordinator of the Programs in Communication, Computing and Technology in Education, opened the EGGPLANT Video Games Research Laboratory. The acronym stands for Educational Games Group: Play, Literacies, Avatars, Narrative and Technology. The lab looks at the cultural impact of video games and seeks to harness their technology for educational purposes.
In a four-year analysis of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study-Repeat (TIMSS-R) - a comparative assessment of math performance by eighth graders worldwide - James Corter, Associate Professor of Statistics and Education; Kikumi Tatsuoka, Distinguished Research Professor; and a group of other TC faculty and students were able to tease out the varying "sub-skills" of students from different countries. An overall finding: students with a positive "math self-concept" do better, as do students whose autonomy in the classroom has been actively supported.previous page