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Thomas Sobol

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • A.B., Harvard College
  • A.M. in Teaching, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Education policy. Elementary and secondary education reform. Public school governance and finance. The development of reflective education practitioners.

Selected Publications

  • Your Child in School (Arbor House).

  • "Revising the New York State Social Studies Curriculum" (Teachers College Record).

  • Teaching in Cities (Whitbread PLC).

  • "Beyond standards: The Rest of the agenda" (Teachers College Record).

ORLA 4900: Research and independent study in educational leadership

For students wishing to pursue independent study and/or research on topics not covered in regular courses. Requires faculty member's approval of a study plan, reading list, and final paper or other products or projects. Permission required from individual faculty.

C&T 5074: Curriculum and teaching policy

Prerequisite: C&T 4004. Examination of the theoretical and political bases of curriculum and teaching policies and their influences on school organizations and teaching practices. Explores the policy-making process from policy design through implemen-tation.

ORLA 6461: Internship in school and school district leadership

A 450-hour supervised field experience in school district leadership. Partially satisfies New York State requirement for School District Leaders certificate. Permission required.

ORL 6518: Methods of case study and analysis

Techniques and methods of preparing and analyzing case studies of organizations and institutions.

ORLA 6900: Directed research and study in education leadership

For students wishing to pursue independent study or original research as they prepare for their doctoral certification examination and/or dissertation proposal. Permission required from individual faculty.

ORLA 8900: Dissertation advisement in educational leadership

Individual advisement on the doctoral dissertation. Students register for this in the first semester after their dissertation proposal has been approved and continue registering in this (or in another course, with sponsor approval) until the dissertation is completed. Requires ongoing consultation between the student and dissertation sponsor. The fee equals three points at the current tuition rate for each term. Permission required from individual faculty.

Thomas Sobol appeared in the following articles:

The Year in Review (5/21/2008)

Sobol v. Sobol (10/10/2007)

Campus News (10/3/2007)

Something Old, Something New (10/3/2007)

School's Out (6/21/2007)

Graduates, Engage! (5/29/2007)

Extraordinary People with Plans to Change the World (5/19/2007)

Thomas Sobol, Shirley Ann Jackson and Lee Shulman to Speak at Convocation (5/8/2007)

Thomas Sobol, Shirley Ann Jackson and Lee Shulman are Convocation Speakers (4/25/2007)

2005 at TC: The Year in Review (9/20/2006)

Seating Superintendents at the Policy Table (8/2/2006)

"Au Revoir!" (7/3/2006)

Au Revoir! (6/27/2006)

Farewells for Sobol and Reid (6/27/2006)

This Concludes Your Final Lesson (5/23/2006)

New York City Will Add Schools to Ease Overcrowding (4/19/2006)

Ackerman to Join TC Faculty (4/13/2006)

Bush Education Policy Leaving Behind Vital Subjects (3/30/2006)

Talking About Education and No Child Left Behind (3/30/2006)

Talking about Education and No Child Left Behind (3/29/2006)

Schools Cut Back Subjects to Push Reading and Math (3/25/2006)

Voice of Experience (11/9/2005 2:05:00 PM)

'No Child' in Rockland (10/25/2005)

Arlene Ackerman to Join Teachers College as Christian A. Johnson Professor in Fall 2006 (10/19/2005)

2004 at TC: The Year in Review (5/27/2005)

A Campaign for Equity: Across the State (5/27/2005)

Adding Muscle to the Mission: TC's New Office of Policy and Research (5/27/2005)

Power Principals (4/12/2005)

Experience May Be the Deciding Factor (3/28/2005)

In Brief (3/23/2005)

A Busy Summer for Aspiring Principals (3/11/2005)

A Man with a Mission (10/14/2004)

A Tough Assignment (9/17/2004)

"Letters to the Next President" Forum Addresses the American Education Crisis (6/7/2004)

Education Policy Panel Discusses the Real-World Impact of No Child Left Behind (6/7/2004)

Discarding Rules to Give Teachers a Say (9/18/2003)

The 62nd Annual Superintendents Work Conference Explores Effective Leadership (9/2/2003)

The 62nd Annual Superintendents Work Conference Explores Effective Leadership (9/2/2003)

Shaping the Public Debate on Education (8/1/2003)

TC Student Senate's First Annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony (6/1/2003)

"Letters to the Next President" Forum Addresses the American Education Crisis (1/1/2003)

Standardized Tests Examined (12/1/2002)

Court Decision Reversed (10/1/2002)

Working to Make Equity in Education a Reality (10/1/2002)

TC for the Plaintiffs: Court Declares State Deprives City Students 'A Sound Basic Education' - Annual Report 2001 (8/31/2002)

Continuing to Repair the World (8/28/2002)

Panel Discusses Strategies for Saving NYC Schools (4/1/2002)

TC Forum: 9/11 as the Latest Chapter in Ancient Struggle (12/1/2001)

Peter Comeau Remembered (10/1/2001)

Faculty Briefs (9/18/2001 6:08:57 PM)

Inside TC Faculty Briefs (6:9) (6/1/2001)

Educators, Policymakers and Journalists Gather for Second Annual School Law Institute (1/1/2001)

Breaking the Barriers of Isolation (12/1/2000)

Amy Stuart Wells: The Sachs Lecturer on 'Diversity at a Distance' (10/1/2000)

State of the College: A Time of Transition (10/1/2000)

NCREST Sponsors High-Stakes Testing Conference (5/1/2000)

NY Congressional Candidate Makes Education a Top Campaign Issue (4/4/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

Looking back and looking ahead: Founders Day (11/1/1999)

TC and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Create Future School Administrators Academy (11/1/1999)

State of the College: 8 steps to the future (9/1/1999)

The Road To Reform (3/11/1999)

TC Forum: Professor Natriello Says Cost to Meet New State Standards Could Reach $3.5 Billion (3/1/1999)

TC Forum: Dilemmas of High-Stakes Testing (12/1/1998)

Fall Convocation: Looking to the Future (9/1/1998)

Superintendents Discuss Need for and Resistance to Change (9/1/1998)

Public School Advocates Call on News Media to Cover What's Right and What's Wrong with Education (6/1/1998)

Superintendents Work Conference at TC (12/1/1997)

Examining the Choices and Challenges for People with Disabilities (11/20/1997)

NY Commissioner Richard Mills and Father of Test Preparation Stanley Kaplan in Great Speaker Series (11/20/1997)

Faculty Recognition (9/23/1997)

Irwin Named Vice-Chair of Trustees (3/4/1996)

New Vice Chairman of Teachers College Trustees has Family Connections to Institution (3/4/1996)

Christian A. Johnson Professor (10/15/1995)

Former New York State Commissioner of Education Named First Christian A. Johnson Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University (10/15/1995)

A New York Tradition for Teachers College Alumni (8/10/1995)