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Volume IV, No. 11 ♦ 6/1999

  • AERA Award Given to TC Grad

    Zuru Du, a graduate at this year's convocation, received the 1999 AERA Division D Mary Catherine Ellwein Outstanding Dissertation Award at April's AERA Conference for his dissertation Modeling Conditional Item Dependencies with a Three-Parameter Logistic Testlet Model. Two years ago, Du was awarded a summer research scholarship from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey. At the time he said, "The work they are doing at ETS is directly related to my program. I think it will help me get a clear idea for the topic of my dissertation."
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Angels on Their Shoulders

    Many people claim that their religious faith keeps them going in the face of life's trials and temptations. Religious organizations and twelve-step groups talk about turning things over to a higher power. Research substantiates the positive influence that these beliefs can have in a person's life. Assistant Professor Lisa Miller is one of the researchers currently investigating the affects of religious beliefs on adolescents and the protective influence against substance use and abuse and depression these beliefs may have. She recently received a five-year Faculty Scholars Award from the W.T. Grant Foundation to undertake the project.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Extraordinary Doctoral Graduates

    In his address to graduates at the doctoral convocation, President Levine summarized the various dissertation topics and noted the achievements of some of the graduates. One was Joaquin Flores.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Improving Service At TC

    Teachers College is working with Towers Perrin, a global consulting organization, to help improve upon the administrative and support service operations around the College to make performing day-to-day functions easier for all.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Master's Degree Graduates Highlighted for Achievements

    As he does every year at the convocation ceremonies, President Arthur Levine highlighted several students in his address. Following are some of those highlights from his remarks along with a glimpse of the life of the master's convocation student speaker, Kelly Aramaki.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Professor Gary Griffin: 'I've Always Been Fascinated with the Act of Teaching'

    At this year's convocation ceremonies, President Levine paid tribute to Professor Gary Griffin, who retired at the end of the academic year. Levine said, "More than anything, he has shared with us his knowledge of teaching and his commitment to making a difference in education."
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Shifting the Arts Debate from One-Way Transfer of Skills To the General Development of Critical Thinking Abilities

    The Center for Arts Education Research is shifting the debate over the value of arts education in schools.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Study on NYC Magnet Schools Shows Positive Findings

    A new study from the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE), for which the lead author is Professor Robert Crain, indicates positive results for graduates of New York City academic career magnet schools. These programs offer college preparatory courses and vocationally oriented classes focused on a broad career theme.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • TC Employees Recognized for Long-Term Service

    The TC community gathered at Milbank Memorial Chapel on June 8 for the College's tenth annual Long-term Service Awards ceremony in recognition of administrative employees who have been with TC full-time for 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • TC Gives 67% More to Community Appeal

    This year, Teachers College increased its donations to the 52nd Columbia Community Service Appeal by a total of 67%.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • TC Resources for Those Seeking Redress of Grievances, Conflict Resolution services, or other Support

    Any member of the Teachers College community may experience difficulties at work or in personal life for which professional guidance and counseling may be helpful. Some resources are listed below.
    Published: 6/1/1999

  • Teleconference Trains Teachers and Parents in Character Education

    The teleconference in late May was billed as moving "New York State's public schools one step closer to leading the nation in character education."
    Published: 6/1/1999