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Volume XI, No.6 ♦ 4/2006

  • A Taste for Change

    A Taste for Change

    Pat Green, the newest member of TC's Board of Trustees, is a Barnard graduate who earned an M.A. in Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College. She's been a New York City public school teacher; a political wife (her husband was the late Congressman S. William Green, who from 1978 to 1992 represented the district that included Manhattan's Upper East Side); the chair of Barnard's Board of Trustees; and a longstanding supporter of TC. Her past involvement with the College includes service on both the Alumni Council and the President's Advisory Council, helping to renovate the campus and, most recently, generously supporting The Campaign for Educational Equity. Below she talks about her past experiences and what she hopes to accomplish on TC's board.
    Published: 4/25/2006

  • Man On a Mission

    Man On a Mission

    "They will not know that I have gone away to come back. For the ones I left behind."
    Published: 4/25/2006

  • Kelvin Sealey: Breaking New Ground

    Kelvin Sealey: Breaking New Ground

    The architect of the course that took TC and Columbia students to New Orleans is a change agent who abhors a void He's probably best known around TC as the guy who hosts that cool live talk-show series that's had Cornel West, Gloria Steinem, Frank Gehry and Edwidge Danticat as guests. But his work on the show Project Citizen doesn't begin to describe the breadth of Kelvin Sealey's activities at TC and Columbia.
    Published: 4/24/2006

  • Education after Devastation

    Education after Devastation

    Can New Orleans build better schools the second time around? Inside's Diane Dobry joins a TC class trip and finds scenes of Biblical devastation -- and a city struggling to reap the potential upside of an opportunity to start from scratch.
    Published: 4/24/2006

  • A Beleaguered Denmark Turns to ...New York City?

    A Beleaguered Denmark Turns to ...New York City?

    It's not every day that New York City is sought out as a model for how to manage human relations-'"particularly by Europeans, who sometimes imagine the Big Apple as a Darwinist battle-ground.
    Published: 4/23/2006

  • NCLB: Education Reform or Politics as Usual?

    NCLB: Education Reform or Politics as Usual?

    Harvard education scholar Richard Elmore describes himself as "a recovering political scientist," but to the standing-room-only TC audience that heard him discuss the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in February, it was apparent that old ways die hard.
    Published: 4/23/2006



    Teachers College will award nine Medals for Distinguished Service at two master's degree ceremonies on May 16, and the Cleveland A. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education at the doctoral ceremony on May 18. The recipients hail from the fields of philanthropy, medicine, journalism, government, academia and entertainment.
    Published: 4/23/2006

  • When Tests Don

    When Tests Don't Tell the Full Tale

    How do you accurately measure a child's proficiency in a particular subject? The results of even a well-designed test will be skewed toward those proficient in working within its specific format. Those who aren't may fare poorly, even when they're knowledgeable about the subject being tested. Thus "a test should be just one variable among many in determining a student's proficiency in a particular content area," says Douglas Wood, Executive Director of TC's National Academy for Excellent Teaching (NAfET).
    Published: 4/24/2006

  • Education Volunteers Wanted

    Education Volunteers Wanted

    As a first-year graduate student at Teachers College, I am concentrating on how education policy is developed and implemented. But no amount of classroom experience could have prepared me for what I saw unfolding in Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina-ravaged St. Bernard Parish on a recent visit.
    Published: 4/24/2006

  • Winter Roundtable

    Winter Roundtable

    The annual Winter Roundtable is the longest-running continuing professional education program in the U.S. devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology and education. At the Roundtable's 23rd annual convening in February, the fourth Annual Social Justice Action Award was presented to Linda James Myers, Ph.D., and the 17th Annual Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Psychology and Education was presented to Beverly Greene, Ph.D. The presentation of the awards was part of the two-day conference of lectures and workshops sponsored by TC's Counseling Psychology Program and Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation.
    Published: 4/25/2006

  • In Brief

    Mun Tsang (International Transcultural Studies) was recently awarded the Cheung Kong Professorship from the Ministry of Education, China. This professorship recognizes academic excellence and contribution to Chinese education.
    Published: 4/25/2006

  • T.C. Takes Second in U.S. News Rankings

    TC has placed second in the 2006 U.S.News & World Report rankings for graduate schools of education. With an overall score of 98 out of 100, the College received a peer assessment score of 4.3 out of 5.0 and a superintendent assessment score of 4.7 out of 5.0, tying with Harvard (which placed first). Of the top 50 schools, TC had the highest amount of funded research dollars for 2005 and granted the most Ph.D.s and Ed.D.s in 2004-2005 (211).
    Published: 4/25/2006