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Volume XI, No.3 ♦ 11/2005

  • All Together Now

    All Together Now

    Janice Robinson, Executive director of TC's Office of diversity and Community, gives out prizes at the end of the Community breakfast on October 2.
    Published: 11/11/2005 5:03:02 PM

  • Acing the Boards

    Acing the Boards

    Every year, Teachers College's English Education department seeks new ways to impart certain intangibles to its pre-service teachers: how to develop an engaging classroom presence, build vocal and body-language skills, and form creative approaches to classroom management.
    Published: 11/10/2005 3:41:20 PM

  • A Journey Inward

    A Journey Inward

    Many artists would need a lifetime to produce 75 paintings. Frank Shifreen, a TC doctoral student in Studio Art and Art education, has produced that many since August.
    Published: 11/10/2005 3:36:25 PM

  • Ready For Prime Time

    Ready For Prime Time

    When Doug Wood arrived at Teachers College last year to head the fledgling National Academy for Excellent Teaching, he hardly seemed, at first glance, like the man to upgrade literacy in some of the city's worst-performing high schools.
    Published: 11/10/2005 2:53:43 PM

  • The Equity Info Source

    The Equity Info Source

    When you take on a project like suing New York State on behalf of 1 million school children, it helps to be able to rally good people to your cause. Fortunately, Michael Rebell, co-founder and for years the guiding spirit of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (the plaintiff in the nation's most prominent school finance lawsuit), has that knack. And of all the people Rebell has collected over the years, none has proven more valuable than Molly Hunter.
    Published: 11/10/2005 12:13:56 PM

  • Fellows Focus Eastward

    Fellows Focus Eastward

    As a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, Soo Ah Kwon worked as a liaison for the Asian and Pacific Islander community in an Oakland School district. There she was surprised to find a group of second generation Asian-American young people who were advocating for school reform.
    Published: 11/10/2005 11:17:00 AM

  • The Price of Inequity

    The Price of Inequity

    Educational Equity Symposium puts America's losses at "hundreds of billions" of dollars
    Published: 11/9/2005 3:22:00 PM

  • Voice of Experience

    Voice of Experience

    Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District and formerly Superintendent of Washington, D.C., Public Schools, will join Teachers College's Education Leadership faculty as the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Outstanding Educational Practice, effective September 2006.
    Published: 11/9/2005 2:05:00 PM

  • Dollars and Sense

    Dollars and Sense

    Beyond the numbers presented by researchers at the College's first Symposium on Educational Equity, the two-day event was a free-ranging debate on economics, morality, race and - to a very large degree - messaging.
    Published: 11/9/2005

  • A Break in the Weather

    A Break in the Weather

    It wasn't the surprise Samantha Morrison's friends had planned for her birthday. Instead of opening the door on a room full of decorations and grinning classmates, Morrison - a Ph.D. candidate in Education and Psychology at Tulane University - found herself fleeing New Orleans on the eve of fall semester to avoid the path of Hurricane Katrina.
    Published: 11/9/2005 4:17:00 PM

  • "I Was a Nobody"

    "I Was a Nobody"

    "One thing you can never measure is a kid without a dream." That was how Congressman Charles B. Rangel chose to open a two day symposium packed with statistical measures of the impact of inadequate education on society.
    Published: 11/10/2005 11:52:29 AM

  • The People Have Spoken

    "The problem with No Child left behind is that we end up treating kids like plastic bags. We stuff the information into them and don't look at who they are and where they come from. And I have to tell you that after working in the field as long as I have, it's enough to drive you crazy."
    Published: 11/10/2005 12:03:25 PM

  • A Researcher, Too, Finds Safe Haven

    A Researcher, Too, Finds Safe Haven

    Education school students displaced by Hurricane Katrina aren't the only ones who have found refuge at Teachers College. Researchers, too, have relocated here.
    Published: 11/10/2005 3:04:45 PM

  • Teaching the Possible

    Teaching the Possible

    Jerome Bruner has encountered many brilliant thinkers during his 90 years - including Jean Piaget, with whom he founded the field of cognitive psychology - but perhaps the greatest influence on his intellectual development was his older sister.
    Published: 11/9/2005 2:19:00 PM

  • Circle of Friends

    Circle of Friends

    The Teachers College John Dewey Circle gathered in October to honor its newest members and recognize the many contributions of a veteran one: Laurie M. Tisch, TC Trustee, former member of the President's Advisory Council, sponsor of the Tisch visiting Professorship, and newly appointed Chair of the board of the College's Campaign for educational equity.
    Published: 11/10/2005 2:26:36 PM

  • Remembering TC Medalist William Ruane

    Remembering TC Medalist William Ruane

    William Ruane, noted businessman and philanthropist and recipient of the 2004 TC dodge medal, passed away in early October. Ruane built and chaired a successful investment management firm, Ruane Cunniff & Co., and from that also formed the Sequoia Fund, a highly successful mutual fund.
    Published: 11/9/2005 2:19:00 PM