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Volume IX, No. 4 ♦ 11/2003

  • A Grand Night for Swinging: Billy Taylor at TC

    Toes were tapping and people of all ages hummed along as Billy Taylor, world-renowned teacher, composer and jazz pianist, played famous jazz songs with other musicians at Teachers College’s Horace Mann Auditorium at “Dr. Billy Taylor: Teacher” on November 19th.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Keeping the American Dream Alive for Urban Public School Children

    The promise of the American Dream for many children lay with the public schools, according to Pedro A. Noguera, Sussman Visiting Professor of Education. These schools are the last safety net where children are provided adult supervision, access to a nurse, food, shelter and heat—even if they may not get those things at home. Because of this, public schools are vital to the health and welfare of all the children in the nation.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • National Commission on Choice in K-12 Education Urges More Funding For Charters and Vouchers

    The National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education has concluded two years of study with a report that details the good that can be done if school choice is well implemented and the harm that can result if it is done quickly, carelessly and on the cheap. It also recommends ample funding (making the case that this will help prevent segregation) more autonomy for all schools to hire teachers on the basis of “fit,” and raises questions about the capacity of existing school districts to properly oversee choice. The report, “School Choice: Doing it the Right Way Makes a Difference” was released on November 17th.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Levine and Qanooni Agree on a National Academy of Education in Afghanistan

    President Arthur Levine, who traveled to Kabul during the first week of November to meet with the Afghan Minister of Education, Yunis Qanooni, to see whether TC’s expertise in curriculum development and teacher training can truly be effective in the war-torn land, came away with an agreement to develop a National Academy of Education in Kabul.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • NGOs and Educational Reform in Europe and Asia

    The panel “The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Educational Reform in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia,” was held in October and attracted over 70 participants.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • NSF Grant to Improve Literacy Education Technology

    Literacy education has not yet fully utilized modern technology, says Chuck Kinzer, Professor of Education and a co-principal investigator of the Case Technologies to Enhance Literacy Learning (CTELL) project.
    Published: 9/30/2003

  • Open Mind Host Draws from Nearly 50 Years of Interviews at the TC Booktalk

    There aren’t many influential people that Richard D. Heffner hasn’t interviewed on the Public Television Series “The Open Mind,” which he began in 1956 and continues to produce and host. In his latest book, Heffner draws on nearly 50 years of those broadcast conversations, as well as his own thoughtful perspective on the last half-century.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Professors Crocco and Thornton Connect Young Urban Americans to the Past

    Many teachers have to spend most of their time preparing their students for tests. Math and reading are often the focus and subjects like social studies and art get overlooked. Teachers just don’t have time to do it all.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • TC/NYU Conference Honors Educator Phillip Jackson

    To honor a career in education spanning more than 40 years, Teachers College and the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU collaborated to convene a special conference in honor of Philip W. Jackson. A renowned educator, Jackson is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Education and Psychology at the University of Chicago where he has been a member of the faculty since 1955.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Minority Postdoctoral Fellows

    This year’s Minority Postdoctoral Fellows hail from both coasts of the U.S. Belkis Suazo-Garcia is a sociologist and Ph.D. graduate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York who grew up in the Bronx and attended a boarding school in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Maisha Fisher, comes to TC from University of California at Berkeley, where she received her Ph.D. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Biobehavioral Sciences Students Get Funding

    Students in the Biobehavioral Sciences Department are also encouraged to write grant proposals, and many have been successful, according to Professor Andrew Gordon. “From the time they arrive here, they are given grant writing skills, particularly doctoral and post doctoral, so they can study full-time. Also, if they are interested in pursuing a research or educational position, those positions require grant seeking. They will be a step ahead.”
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Distinguished Alumni Awards Presented at November Dinner

    What brought together the six people for a dinner at President Levine’s home on November 17th was not just that they all are graduates of Teachers College, but graduates who have lead exemplary careers since earning their degrees. All six have touched the lives of many through their diverse work in non-profit, government, education and entertainment.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • Celebrating the Campaign at TC

    Trustees at the November 13th appreciation dinner for donors to the Campaign for Teachers College. Back row: (l to r) William Rueckert, Enid (Dinny) Morse, Joe Brosnan. Front row: (l to r) Jack Hyland, Joyce Cowin, Antonia Grumbach, Elliot Jaffe, Jim Benkard and Arthur Levine.
    Published: 1/1/2003

  • New State-of-the-Art EEG System Will Enhance

    Students and researchers in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences can start to plan new types of studies soon, once a new high-density electroencephalographic (EEG) system arrives. The EEG system uses up to 256 scalp electrodes to study the time-course and localization of neural activity associated cognitive function. In other words, through the use of this equipment, not only will researchers be able to measure brain activity, but will also be able to do mathematical calculations to determine from where in the brain the activity is coming.
    Published: 11/26/2003

  • In Brief

    Colette Mazzucelli (CEO&I) has been elected to Membership of the World Peace and Diplomacy Forum as a Founding Cabinet Member and as such is placed on record as supporting the Forum’s official Statement of International Fellowship.
    Published: 11/26/2003