The source for news and events at Teachers College, Columbia University
Volume XIII, No. 7 ♦ 6/2008
TC's 2008 graduates-'"at both the masters and doctoral level-'"are a diverse and diversely talented group. Meet some of them here in our Graduates Gallery.
In April, TC held its first Student Research and Outreach Recognition Day, sponsored by the College's Office of School and Community Partnerships, in collaboration with The Campaign for Educational Equity.
I happened to be walking in Russell Courtyard a couple of weeks ago when I noticed several planter boxes decked out with growing vegetables. The scallions caught my eye, green and delicious-looking in the noonday sun. We have a garden growing at Teachers College, I thought to myself, and walked on with an extra spring in my step.
TC's 2008 graduates -- at both the masters and doctoral level -- are a diverse and diversely talented group.
Curriculum development projects in India; a growing partnership with the education ministry of Jordan; new collaborations in Africa and Iceland -- these are heady times for faculty and students at TC with an international focus. Now there's yet another exciting development: the appointment of the College's first Director of International Affairs, Portia Williams.
"Probably more than you bargained for-'"but at least you'll have something to choose from. Don't make it lame." They were Kristen Jefferson's parting words to an interviewer to whom she had just briefly sketched out her life story, but they stand as an accurate description of Jefferson herself.
"Have guitar, will travel. Can teach hip-hop fiction; knows middle school classrooms." All right, that's not the precise wording on his resume, but after talking to soft-spoken Brendon Mitchell, you wouldn't be surprised to find out that it was. There is a sense of the wanderer about Mitchell, and a touch of the poet as well.
Elizabeth Hagen, an authority on educational and psychological measurement and evaluation who taught at Teachers College from 1950 through 1981, passed away in February.
They may not be ready to sign with Def Jam Recordings, but tenth graders at the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan rapped their way to preparation for the chemistry Regents exam this spring. The students recorded and published a rap study guide to chemistry as participants in the Student Press Initiative (SPI), a writing and publishing program for middle and high school students based at Teachers College, that also has helped boost students' scores on standardized tests.
"If there is a single thread that links the full breadth of our activities at TC, it is the notion of serving as education partners to the world -- locally, nationally and internationally."
With those words, TC President Susan Fuhrman established partnership as the theme for the College's 2008 commencement exercises, held over the course of two cool and rainy days on May 20th and 21st at Riverside Church. More than 1,900 master's and doctoral students, hailing from 57 nations, 38 American states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, participated in the three ceremonies. Their interests and stories were hugely diverse, Fuhrman said, but in her view, the graduates had all originally come to TC "because you wanted to engage the world -- and even more important, because you wanted to change it."
Teachers College has received a $750,000 grant from The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) to help develop and assess a leadership curriculum for junior high and high school students at a group of schools in India. tGELF is an Initiative of the The Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the SUN Group, an energy corporation based in India and Russia.
Christopher Emdin, an assistant professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University, has won the 2008 PDK International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for his in-depth research on approaches to increase student motivation, involvement and achievement in science education in urban high schools.
Emdin will receive the award, and -- together with his former students from Marie Curie High School in the Bronx -- present ideas from his dissertation at a special ceremony and colloquium at Teachers College in New York City on Thursday, April 17th, from 3-5 pm.