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The New York State Teacher of the Year for 2016 Dana McDonough and Vice Dean Lin Goodwin pose for a picture at the Cooperating Teacher and Student Teacher Showcase at Teachers College.

Vice Dean Lin Goodwin Publishes New Book: Building Bridges

Literacy learning continues to be central to schooling, and is currently of major concern to educators, policy developers, and members of the public alike. However, the proliferation of communication channels in this digital era requires a fundamental re-thinking of the nature of literacy and the pedagogy of literacy teaching and teacher education.

This text brings together papers by experts in teacher education, literacy, and information technology to help chart a way forward in this complex area. Because of their background in teacher education, the authors are realistic about what is appropriate and feasible – they do not just jump on a technology bandwagon – but they are also able to provide extended examples of how to embed technology in the practice of teacher education. – Viv Ellis, Professor of Education at Brunel University, England and Bergen University College in Norway

Clare Kosnik (University of Toronto, Canada), Simone White (Monash University, Australia), Clive Beck (University of Toronto, Canada), Bethan Marshall (King's College London, UK), A. Lin Goodwin (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA) and Jean Murray (University of East London, UK) (Eds.) 

Sense Publishers, 2016

You can get a free preview of the book here

Jaffe Peace Corps Fellow Helps School Targeted for Renewal

As a Peace Corps volunteer teaching math in a Liberian high school, Alex Abbondola learned to work without a playbook. Perhaps that’s why he has so appreciated his subsequent experience in Teachers College’s Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program, which enables returned volunteers to pursue a graduate degree while teaching in underserved public schools.


You can read the entire article here.


Directed by A. Lin Goodwin, Vice Dean and Evenden Professor of Education,TR@TC2 is one of 24 teacher preparation programs across the country that will receive TQP grants totaling more than $35 million. According to the Department of Education, recipient institutions will build partnerships between universities and high-need school districts to prepare more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years, with a national goal of improving student achievement in the STEM disciplines.

"Ultimately, this program will produce 90 high-quality teachers and so much more,” Goodwin said. “TR@TC2 is designed to be generative in nature, so as to qualitatively impact and reshape what we know about preparing quality teachers and about achieving excellent outcomes for students who have been underserved and left to lag behind, but who absolutely need and deserve more.”

TR@TC2 builds upon and extends the foundation developed by TR@TC, the teaching residency program started by Goodwin in 2009 with a previous federal grant, which graduated four cohorts of teachers to serve in New York City schools.

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Visit TR@TC2 for program information

Child Abuse & School Violence Prevention Workshops Now Offered at TC

Teachers College will now offer Child Abuse and School Violence Prevention workshops.  Please click the links below for workshop dates and registration forms. 

Child Abuse Workshop

School Violence Prevention

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Urban Education Fellowship

The Urban Education Fellowship at Teachers College created a space for pre-service and first year teachers of color to have collective interactions focusing on influences of race/ethnicity for teachers of color in urban schools.

Front row (Panel of TC Alumni):  Michalyn Easter, Crystal McIntyre, Melida Maldonado 

Back row (Spring 2015 Cohort) (from left to right): Tara Whitmore, Georgette Morgan, Janice Morales, Diane Figueroa, Iesha Jackson (leader), Kirsti Alvarez, Ashley Phillips, Tiana Mack

From Teaching...To Teaching Teachers...To Teaching Teacher Educators: A Journey Through the Profession From Singapore and Back

On March 26, 2015 Vice Dean A. Lin Goodwin shared highlights and insights from two important studies that bear on the future of education worldwide and offered lessons on preparing quality K-12 teachers through the lens of Singapore.

You can view the entire presentation here.