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The Teachers College Annual Report

2006 ♦ 5/2007

  • Does Phys Ed Really Matter?

    Does Phys Ed Really Matter?

    Ralph Montalvo wasn't always a fourth-degree black belt in Karate, a daily runner and a self-confessed fitness nut. In fact, during his first year in high school, overweight and unable to do a single pull-up, he was called a "fat pig" by his physical education teacher in front of the entire class.
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • How Can Schools Promote Multicultural Understanding?

    How Can Schools Promote Multicultural Understanding?

    Like most Americans in the moments after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Lou Cristillo's first thoughts were for the safety of his wife and children. It wasn't terrorists that Cristillo, a TC research assistant professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, was worried about, however. Instead, he was afraid his family might be attacked by angry Americans.
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • How Can Schools Teach Citizenship? What Would That Really Look Like?

    How Can Schools Teach Citizenship? What Would That Really Look Like?

    "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana The power of Spike Lee's four-hour HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, is not simply its kaleidoscopic rendering of Hurricane Katrina and the enormity of its ongoing impact. The film also painfully captures the sense of Santayana's words, leaving viewers to ask: How could this happen in the richest nation in the world? What should we learn from this? What do we need to do differently next time?
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • Technology Is Cool, But How Can We Use It To Help Kids Learn?

    Technology Is Cool, But How Can We Use It To Help Kids Learn?

    You're a high school social studies teacher and you want to prod your students into a meaningful discussion of an issue of national concern-'"say, global warming. Standard practice is to ask some version of the tried-and-true question, "What would you do if it were your decision?"-'"i.e., get them to take the part of legislators or policymakers thrashing out opposing viewpoints.
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • What is the Role of the Arts in 21st Century Schools?

    What is the Role of the Arts in 21st Century Schools?

    "This was a kid who was so nervous and shy, he couldn't put three words together." That's how Bert Konowitz, Adjunct Professor of Music Education, remembers Jacques Toney from when they first met in summer 2005.
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • What Really Works When It Comes To Closing The Achievement Gap?

    What Really Works When It Comes To Closing The Achievement Gap?

    At a time when there is an increasingly sharp divide between the nation's "haves" and "have nots", the odds would seem against three-and-a-half-year-old Melanie Sandoval ever being one of the "haves."
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • A Letter from the President

    A Letter from the President

    Dear Friends: It's been a great year for Teachers College-'"and for its new President. Returning to the place that taught me all I need to know about education; renewing old acquaintances and forging hundreds of new ones; working with our talented and dedicated Board of Trustees, our superlative faculty, our tireless staff and our boundlessly energetic and enthusiastic students-'"and all in my native city of New York-'"has been the experience of a lifetime.
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • 2006: The Year in Review

    2006: The Year in Review

    The College welcomes a new President, tackles the question of whether and how to revise the nation's education law, takes significant steps to increase financial aid to students, opens a state-of-the-art new conference center, develops a curriculum to deal with civic issues raised by Hurricane Katrina and receives official accreditation for its campus in Japan.
    Published: 5/8/2007

  • 2006: Research Highlights

    2006: Research Highlights

    These are just some of the outstanding research projects at TC. Visit www.tc.edu/annual/aera for a look at presentations by TC faculty and students at the 2007 meeting of the American Education Research Association.
    Published: 5/8/2007