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Academic Festival at TC: Pulling Out all the Stops on April 24th

TC's second annual Academic Festival will feature a keynote address by the Prime Minister of Namibia, a round-table of TC alumni who have created and led innovative schools, faculty presentations on everything from technology in learning to executive coaching, a slate of events geared to parents, and a special tribute to longtime TC Trustee Joyce Cowin.

Academic Festival at TC: Pulling Out all the Stops on April 24th

Academic Festival 2010 -- the second annual incarnation of this major event -- will showcase an impressive line up of TC community members, including trustees, faculty, alumni and students.

Among the day's many highlights is the formal dedication, at 10:45 a.m., of the Cowin Conference Center and a tribute to the person who made it possible, longtime Trustee Joyce Berger Cowin. Then TC President Fuhrman will honor Nahas Angula '79, Prime Minister of Namibia and architect of that country's school system, and Ulysses Byas '52, a pioneering principal in an all-black school in the American south during the 1950s, with The President's Medal of Excellence. Prime Minister Angula will then deliver a keynote address, titled "Out of Apartheid and Into the 21st Century."

The day will also include a full slate of events geared to parents with children, including a session on college admissions.

The full schedule for Academic Festival follows below. For more information about Academic Festival or to register to attend, please visit If you have questions, you may call Marlene Tucker in the Office of Alumni Relations at 212-678-3790.


Academic Festival Schedule of Events

8:30 -- 9:30 a.m.

Academic Festival Registration & Check-in, Zankel Hall


Continental Breakfast, Everett Lounge

9:30 -- 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions I


Schools from Scratch: A Panel of School Founders & Heads of Schools

Moderated by John Merrow, TC Board of Trustees, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour, & President, Learning Matters, Inc.; Luyen Chou '07 and Daniel Kikuji Rubenstein, Ed.D. '07, Founders of Brooklyn Prospect Charter; Ramn M. Gonzalez III '97, Principal, MS 223 - The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology; Jose Maldonado-Rivera '98, Founding Principal of Columbia Secondary School; Joshua N. Solomon, Ed.D. Candidate '10, Founder & Principal of Business of Sports School

What does it take to start, lead and maintain a truly innovative school in New York City?  Is it better to work inside the mainstream -- or are charters smarter? Find out from those who have done it; hear about their mistakes and successes.


Dewey in the 21st Century: The Magic of Experience Plus Simulation

John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications & Ed. and Chair Department of Human Development Director Institute for Learning Technologies

Dewey stressed the importance of linking learning to experience -- but sometimes experience needs to be fine-tuned to ensure understanding of a sophisticated concept. Black will describe how recent research has shown that, by allowing learners to manipulate variables and thus imagine and re-imagine situations, new technologies like graphic computer simulations, video games and robots enable students to test their own assumptions and increase their learning, understanding and motivation.


Executive Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness

Terry E. Maltbia, Senior Lecturer, Organization & Leadership, with Caryn Block, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Debra Noumair, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Patricia Raskin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

Maltbia, leads a round-table discussion. The author of A Leader's Guide to Leveraging Diversity: Strategic Learning Capabilities for Breakthrough Performance, he consults with clients to implement research-based best practices.


TC Alumni: We Mean Business

Panel Chair: Marla Schaefer '03, Board of Trustees, former Co-CEO of Claire's Stores, Inc.
Nabeel Ahmad, Ed.D. '09, Learning Technologist, IBM
Jay Gaines '70, President and CEO of Jay Gaines & Company

Diana Lewinstein '67, DL Interiors

Schaefer will lead a round-table of entrepreneurial leaders with degrees from a wide range of TC programs. Hear how Teachers College alumni have leveraged their degrees to gain a competitive edge in non-educational fields.


Sketch Artist

Mark Dzula, Freelance Arts Museum Educator and Ed.D. Candidate, Computing, Communications, Technology, in Education

Bring your children and your imagination, and get ready to explore the world of visual arts in this painting workshop for children 3 to 10 years and their parents or caregivers.


10:30 -- 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

10:45 -- 12:15 p.m.

Dedication of the Joyce Berger Cowin Conference Center


Academic Festival Opening Ceremony


Susan H. Fuhrman, President of Teachers College


Presentation of the The President's Medal of Excellence to


His Excellency Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia


& Ulysses Byas, Pioneering Principal in the Segregated South


To be followed immediately by Keynote Address: "Out of Apartheid and into the 21st Century" by Prime Minister Angula

12:30 -- 2:15 p.m.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, Grace Dodge Dining Hall

2:30 -- 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions II


Black Schools Before "Brown"

Ulysses Byas '52, and Vanessa Siddle Walker, Biographer and Winship Distingushed Research Professor, Emory University

He was a witness to the tumultuous days of school segregation. Octogenarian Ulysses Byas is the subject of Hello Professor: A Black Principal and Professional Leadership in the Segregated South. Biographer Vanessa Siddle Walker will speak of Byas' courage and conviction in his quest for equality in the Deep South and how that shaped the school systems of the neighboring states. Byas will discuss his experiences and take questions from the audience.


Helping Adults Learn and Grow

Ellie Drago-Severson, Associate Professor of Education and Victoria Marsick, Professor of Education/Co-Director J.M. Huber Institute

Recent work in adult development and learning underscores that adults learn throughout their lives. In fact, adulthood can be a vital period for growth. Learning does not stop with the end of formal education, and some learning is transformative to adult lives. Drago-Severson and Marsick will introduce some key ideas related to how we can better support adult learning and development in today's complex world. We will also provide examples of practices that support adult learning and development.


Beyond School Lunch

Charles E. Basch, Richard March Hoe Professor of Health Education; Isobel I. Contento, Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition and Education; Pam Koch, Project Director of the Center for Food & Environment); Toni Liquori, Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition Education & Developer of the CookShop-,ó Program and the SchoolFood Plus Initiative-,ó

Can schools serves as models for systems that promote health? Are healthy children better learners? Does learning about health translate into healthful behaviors? These questions are at the forefront of media attention. At Teachers College these questions have been debated and researched for the past several decades. Basch has extensively surveyed the literature for the connections between health and learning with a focus on what types of action steps are rooted in evidence from research. Contento has successfully tied her scholarly interests to nutrition in the nation's schools, creating programs that encourage youth to think critically about the food and dietary choices they make. Liquori is the head of SchoolFood FOCUS, a national initiative working with school districts that have more than 40,000 students to create system to purchase and serve foods that are healthier, more sustainably produced and more locally sourced than is typically the case. Koch is leading the research in the areas of food, food systems, and the diet-health connection seeking to understand what interventions would facilitate voluntary adoption of more healthful and ecologically sound food choices.


  •   You Gotta Try This! A Fun Program of Amazing Science


    Vicki Cobb '59, Children's Science Book Author

    Parents and kids-'"come have a rollicking and interactive good time with Vicki Cobb, the Pied Piper of Science. You'll learn how to taste chocolate in a whole new way, how experience can fool you and how technology can help you set a speed record for unrolling toilet paper.


  • 3:30 -- 3:45 p.m.

    Afternoon Break

    3:45 -- 4:45 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions III


    Big Math for Little Kids: Children's Surprising Mathematical Minds

    Herb Ginsburg, Jacob H. Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology & Education

    Guess what-' kids and math DO mix. Ginsburg, whose work attracted a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for teaching math to pre-school children, will demonstrate how very little kids can do challenging and complex "everyday" math problems, even from the age of two and three.  And they like it.  He will also screen several fascinating videos.


    Sound Mind, Sound Body & Sound Bites

    Isobel Contento, Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition and Education; Pam Koch, Project Director of the Center for Food & Environment

    Even if you saw Morgan Spurlock's Supersize Me you'll want to hear more shocking truths about the food you eat. You will see for yourself how many cups of sugar there are in a quart of Coca-Cola, for example. Participate in a demonstration of healthy cooking techniques with local, in-season ingredients from the green market. Snacking permitted.


    Cracking the Code: Getting Your Kids into College

    Facilitated by Thomas P. Rock, Ed.D. '02, TC Executive Director of Enrollment Services; Eric Furda '94, Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania; Diane McKoy '02, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Columbia University; Lawrence Momo '81, Director of College Counseling, Trinity School; Carla Shere, Ed.D., '93, Program Specialist for College Planning, Learning Leaders; Mitchell Thompson '96, Dean of Students, Scarsdale High School;

    Insight on admissions from insiders: Good grades and good scores are just the beginning. The admissions landscape has changed drastically in recent years. YouTube and social networks have emerged as essential tools. Conventional thinking about tests scores, financial aid and need-blind admissions has been turned upside down.



    Presented in collaboration with TC by Jazz at Lincoln Center

    WeBop is an early-childhood jazz education program for children (ages 8 months - 5 years) and their parents/caregivers. Learn about jazz's improvisation, creative process, instruments, styles and great performers. This session provides a creative outlet for parents and children to explore jazz as a tool to educate and express themselves together.


    5:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

    Closing Reception, Zankel Hall featuring comedienne Sara Benincasa '08


    Published Monday, Mar. 29, 2010


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