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Volume XI, No.7 ♦ 6/2006

  • An "A" for Access, a "C" for Success

    Community colleges were created in 1947 by the President's Commission on Higher Education to give all Americans low-cost access to public higher education. Some 60 years later, they've delivered on that promise - but not, for the most part, on the successful lives that were meant to follow.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Au Revoir!

    Au Revoir!

    "Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." With those words of George Bernard Shaw, Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and one of 10 people awarded the TC Medal for Distinguished Service at two Teachers College masters degree ceremonies on May 16, captured the spirit of TC's graduation ceremonies.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Early Care and Education

    In June, the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) at Teachers College will convene leading American policymakers, including the Speakers of each state and 50 top business executives, to focus on early education and care (ECE) in a four-day event titled "Capitalizing on the Investment: Making the Most of Your Early Care and Education Dollars."
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Elsa Chen

    Elsa Chen

    At the first of two convocation ceremonies for TC's masters degree students, student speaker Elsa Chen, who was receiving her degree in International and Transcultural Studies, credited Teachers College with changing her outlook toward the world-'"right down to the stories she tells herself about the people she sees every day on the New York City subways.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Farewells for Sobol and Reid

    Farewells for Sobol and Reid

    Thomas Sobol first came to Teachers College more than 40 years ago, receiving his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching in 1969. He served as a school administrator for 20 years in the Great Neck (Long Island) Public Schools and in Scarsdale before being named New York State's Commissioner of Education in 1987. During TC's Disability Awareness Week activities, Professor D. Kim Reid was honored with a reception marking her retirement from TC. Reid has served as Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Programs in Learning Dis/Abilities and Disability Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching since 1999. She co-founded the Seminar on Disability Studies - an ongoing series of lectures that brings together scholars from the tri-state area.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • In Brief

    Teachers College Trustee Elliot Jaffe gives a speech as his wife Roslyn watches during a ceremony to name Teachers College's Trustee Room after him. Dr. Barbara Wallace, Associate Professor of Health Education at TC, introduces a panel at the first-annual Health Disparities Conference and Community Health Fair. Mahazin Banaji, a psychology professor at Harvard University, gives a lecture, "The Mental Origins of Conflict and Cooperation," as part of The Morton Deutsch Awards Ceremony for Social Justice at TC on April 6.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Susan Fuhrman is TC

    Susan Fuhrman is TC's 10th President

    Susan H. Fuhrman, a leading authority on school reform and an early analyst of the state-level school standards movement, has been named the 10th president of Teachers College.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Win the Game? No, Design the Game. Then Win the Prize.

    Win the Game? No, Design the Game. Then Win the Prize.

    On March 11th, having known each other for all of a day, a group that included three TC students won the Top Overall Game prize at the video-game design conference, "Mobile Game Mosh: a 24-hour Game Design Jam," held at Parsons School of Design.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Zankel Gift Establishes 50 Urban Scholarships

    Zankel Gift Establishes 50 Urban Scholarships

    In June, Teachers College received a gift of $10 million from the estate of the late Arthur Zankel, the longtime philanthropist and vice-chairman of the College's Board of Trustees, who passed away in July 2005. The funds are being used to establish the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowships-'"50 one-year scholarships of $10,000 each that will be given to both masters and doctoral students with demonstrated financial need.
    Published: 6/27/2006

  • Sarah Esposito

    Sarah Esposito

    Sarah Joy Esposito, the student speaker at the evening convocation ceremony, says she thought graduation "would never come." But then, Esposito - who dual majored as a Reading Specialist and in the Teaching of American Sign Language - never thought she'd go to TC, either.
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  • Tisch and Rebell Lead TC

    Tisch and Rebell Lead TC's Equity Campaign to Washington

    On March 29, the New York State legislature voted to appropriate $11.2 billion in capital construction funds to New York City schools - money that Rebell, as counsel in one of the nation's most prominent school finance suits, sought for more than a decade. The decision was only a partial victory - the state continues to defy a court order to provide the City with an annual increase of more than $5 billion in school operating funds - but it followed on the heels of an appellate court ruling that, in perhaps the strongest language yet, directs the legislature to pay up.
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