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Shih Awarded Redesigned Alumni Medal
Edith shihTC alumna and trustee, Edith Shih, Esq. was recently presented with a newly redesigned Columbia University Alumni Medal by Michael Griffin, Executive Director for Alumni Relations at Columbia University. The event was held in Hong Kong on June 18, 2011. Shih was originally honored with this award in 1993. CU launched an initiative last year to create new medals for past recipients and present them personally where possible.

Alumna Conducts Julliard Workshop
Conductor workshop
Dr. Virginia Allen (left) directed the Conducting Workshop for
Music Educators at The Juilliard School this summer. The workshop was designed for band and orchestra conductors actively teaching at the middle school, high school, and college levels. To continue reading about Allen and her journey, visit TC's A&H website

Alumna Appointed Editor
Conductor workshop
Emily N. Skinner will serve as co-editor of The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL) through 2016. This prominent journal has an international readership of more than 14,000 and is the only literacy journal published exclusively for literacy advocates of older learners. For more on Skinner, click here.

Teachers College News

Student Press Initiative's Second Annual Summer Institute

On July 11-14, TC hosted the Student Press Initiative (SPI) Summer Institute, where more than 75 educators of all disciplines gathered to learn about teaching writing, project-based curriculum, and the process of publishing student work. The event program included a selection of presentations by in-service teachers who shared their own SPI experience, including clear direction and anecdotes on the process, plus inspirational tips on how to get your own classroom project off the ground. Amy Lombard, from TC's A&H department, shares details on a stand-out session from alumnae Paige Conn and Mary Maddox. Click here to read more.

For more information on SPI, visit

Teachers for East Africa's 50th Reunion
Teachers for East Africa (TEA) and Teacher Education in East Africa (TEEA), two important projects that provided teachers for secondary schools and teacher training colleges in East Africa in the 1960s, held their 50th anniversary reunion in New York on TC's Campus. TEA was one of the first international initiatives of the Kennedy Administration, launched in February 1961 with a grant to Teachers College from the International Cooperation Agency, the predecessor to the Agency for International Development (AID). TC had the professional responsibility of recruiting, selecting, and training American teachers for educational service and providing technical assistance to help increase the number of local qualified teachers who were trained in East Africa. For more information on Teachers for East Africa Alumni, visit their site at

Views on the News

Views on the News is a monthly online journal of analysis just launched by the External Affairs team at Teachers College. Enlisting the expertise of TC's faculty, alumni, students and leadership, Views on the News offers timely analysis and lively commentary on news events and current trends in education, health, nutrition, organizational leadership and other fields within the College's core areas of research, policy and practice. To subscribe, go to

TC Annual Fund

Being TC

As a member of the Teachers College community, you know how deeply our work transforms lives. The TC Fund enables the college to provide our students and faculty with the resources they need to become accomplished scholars, educators, and leaders. Your contribution will support individuals who will work in our communities for decades to come.

Please act now and make a gift online at or call 212-678-4067. Every gift counts!

The Next Step: TC

Informational Sessions
The Office of Admission is hosting information sessions to speak with prospective students about the TC experience and the admission process. We may be coming to your neighborhood and extend an invitation to alumni if you would like to take part in these sessions to share your TC experience and give an alumni perspective. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Deanna Ghozati, Associate Director of Admission, at

(Each session is from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 21
Boston Marriott Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Monday, September 26
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tuesday, September 27
Delta Chelsea Hotel 33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z4

Friday, October 7
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611

Thursday, October 20
Strathallan Hotel 550 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

Wednesday, October 26
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607

Saturday, October 29
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, November 2
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

Thursday, November 3
Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW Washington, DC 20037

Department News

Links and news from TC's Departments.

Arts & Humanities

Biobehavioral Sciences

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Curriculum & Teaching

Education Policy & Social Analysis (Fall 2011)

Health & Behavior Studies

Human Development

International & Transcultural Studies

Mathematics, Science & Technology

Organization & Leadership

Continuing & Professional Studies

September Alumni Newsletter

Fall Term 2011
It's back to school at TC! The fall semester begins on September 7.

Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award Nominations
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awards- the highest honor bestowed on TC Alumni by the Alumni Association. We invite you to nominate TC graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have earned high respect among their colleagues and the general community, and whose impact is felt on a national or international level. Recent graduates who have graduated from TC in the past 10 years or less, have earned distinction in their field, and who demonstrate further future potential will be honored with the Early Career Award.

Do you know an alumnus or alumna who meets these criteria? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due by October 31, 2011. Download the nomination form here or at For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Nominees will be announced in January and will be honored during Academic Festival 2012 on April 21, 2012.

For video of this past year's Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award recipients being honored, click here.

2011 Graduates and Degree Candidates Survey
If you are a 2011 graduate or degree candidate please take a few moments to fill out a brief TCCS survey. The results of this survey will help TCCS gather information regarding the employment status and/or graduate school plans of TC alumni. Fill out the TCCS survey today.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

September 12, 2011 - "A Day of Remembrance" September 11th: Tenth Anniversary Memorial
President Susan Fuhrman invites the TC community to join her for "A Day of Remembrance" featuring Dr. George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology, as he presents 'Out of the Ashes: Lessons Learned from Research about 9/11'. A reception will follow. Members of the Teachers College community are invited to speak a name memorializing an individual they know who perished on September 11th, 2001.
Hosted By: The Offices of the President and Diversity & Community Affairs
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College
To participate, please contact Jolene Lane by email at

September 16, 2011 - International Student Welcome Reception
Join the Office of International Student Services (OISS) and the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association for a student and alumni reception welcoming new international students to New York and into the TC family.
Hosted by: OISS and TC Alumni Council
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Teachers College, Russell Courtyard (cafeteria, if raining)
More information coming soon. Visit

September 21, 2011 - New York City Alumni Reception & Program "Literacy: More than Words"

Join fellow alumni for a reception hosted by alumna Mary Jo Meade - Weinig who graciously opens her Upper East Side home to share her passion for Literacy with the TC Community. Featured speaker, Dr. Marjorie Siegel, TC Professor of Education, will share insights from her research on literacy and her collaboration with Weinig on her dynamic program "Read a Recipe for Literacy."
Hosted By: Alumna Mary Jo Meade-Weinig and TC Alumni Relations
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: The home of alumna Mary Jo Meade-Weinig - New York City
More information coming soon. Visit

September 27, 2011 - De-Stress for School Success, with Emily Grossman & Kirk Charles Workshop
With mid terms already looming, De-Stress for School Success is a seminar that explores the intricate mind-body connection. It offers valuable ideas on how to incorporate simple physical and mental health exercises to overcome anxiety, worry, stress -- and achieve your academic goals. In this engaging seminar Emily Grossman and Kirk Charles will provide an overview of their techniques, conduct sample exercises, and sign copies of their newly published books.
Hosted By: Gottesman Library
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Russell Library Room 306
For more information or to RSVP, please visit
Rsvp no later than Tuesday, September 27.

HollywoodOctober 3, 2011 - TC Connections - Los Angeles
TC will host a networking reception in Los Angeles for prospective students, current students, parents, alumni and friends. An Admissions Information Session will take place from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Verandah Room while alumni enjoy networking on the Terrace. The speaking program will begin at 8:00 p.m. and feature remarks from Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College; Rosella Garcia, Director of Alumni Relations; and Tom Rock, Executive Director of Enrollment Services. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Spread the word to your fellow alumni and prospective TC students!
Hosted By: TC Offices of Admissions and Alumni Relations
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Peninsula Hotel, Verandah Room, 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
More information coming soon. Visit

Downtown houston at nightOctober 6, 2011 - Houston Alumni Reception & Program: "Learning through the Arts"
Join fellow alumni for a reception hosted by a TC alumna who is graciously welcoming us into her River Oaks home to share her passion for the Arts and her personal collection with the TC Community. Featured speaker, Dr. Judith Burton, TC Professor of Art Education, will share insights from her research and work on the role artists play in the education of children and the transfer of learning in the arts.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Houston, TX - River Oaks
More information coming soon. Visit

October 11, 2011 - Special Presentation - "Achievable and Affordable: Providing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity to Low- Income Students"
Join Susan Fuhrman, President of TC; Michael Rebell, Professor of Law and Education; alumnus and Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York, John B. King, Jr; President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten and others as they discuss how to equalize and overcome the achievement gap. Reseachers and Policy makers are beginning to agree that if we are to overcome the achievement gap, students from poverty backgrounds must receive full range of extra supports and services they need to succeed in school. Most people assume that this is unaffordable, especially in the current economic climate. The Campaign for Educational Equity at TC has researched this issue and, working with scholars, practitioners, advocates, and policy makers, explains how comprehensive educational opportunity is affordable and achievable for all students from poverty backgrounds.
Hosted By: The Offices of the President and Diversity & Community Affairs
Time: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
To RSVP or for more information, visit

October 12, 2011 - "How to Navigate Your Career Within the Current Market" Webinar
Join consultant and alumna Julia Harris Wexler as she helps you with your career. This session is perfect for those alumni who are considering career shifts, as well as recent graduates on the job hunt.
Hosted By: TC Career Services, Alumni Relations and Julia Harris Wexler
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar
More information coming soon. Visit

November 7, 2011 - Implementing Mindfulness Techniques in Educational Settings, Pre-K-12
Join the Mindfulness and Education Working Group (MEWG) for a mindfulness program featuring Susan Kaiser Greenland and Dr. Suzi Tortora. Reception to follow.
Hosted By: Mindfulness and Education Working Group (MEWG); Reception hosted by TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
More information coming soon. Visit

November 16, 2011 - International Education Week Student & Alumni Mixer
Join the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association and the Office International Student Services for a mixer celebrating International Education Week. Stay tuned for the full lineup of I Ed Week events, which include global hot topics and panel discussions featuring TC faculty, alumni and students.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Teachers College
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
More information coming soon. Visit

Lynn kagan

                        January 11, 2012 - Washington DC Alumni Reception in conjunction with Federal Policy Institute program featuring TC President Susan Fuhrman and Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan.
Join fellow DC alumni, as well as current TC policy students for this annual event. Stay tuned for more information about the special guest speaker for this event.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Washington, DC venue TBD
More information coming soon. Visit

February 14, 2012 - TC Sweethearts Valentine Event
Calling all TC Sweethearts! Did you meet your significant other on campus? Join us for a Valentine's event featuring a concert from the Teachers College Chamber Music program. A cocktail reception will follow the performance.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
Teachers College
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
More information coming soon. Visit

February 29, 2012 - Speed Networking Event
Students and alumni from across all TC Departments will come together to network in a fast and fresh format, where all will benefit from this opportunity to hone the skills needed for success in today's job place. Whether you are happily employed, seeking new challenges, have advice to share or all ears...speed networking is the experience for you! Time will be devoted for alumni peer-to-peer networking, as well as student and alumni interaction.
Hosted By: TCCS and Alumni Relations
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: New York, NY TBD
More information coming soon. Visit

April 5, 2012 - International Week Student & Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception
Join the International Outreach Committee of the TC Alumni Association, International students & fellow alumni in celebrating International Week on campus. Celebrate the cultures of the world represented in TC's student body through the flavors of international wines and cheeses.
Hosted By:
TC Offices of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Teachers College
Time: 6:00 p.m.
More information coming soon. Visit

April 21, 2012 - Academic Festival
Join us on campus for Academic Festival, the annual homecoming event for Teachers College alumni, which is a day-long celebration of the rich intellectual traditions, past and present, that make TC the nation's leading school of education. Take part in interactive and educational sessions, which will offer something for everyone. Stay tuned as we unveil next year's theme, Keynote Speaker and the list of Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awardees.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Teachers College
More information coming soon. Visit

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit,asp or email

For a full calendar of events happening on TC's campus, visit

**Event times and locations are subject to change. Please check the website prior to the event for the most up-to-date information.

TCCS Career Corner

Alumni Mentor Program
• Contact up to five mentors per month through email, that's 60 per year. Includes 660+ mentors who have graduated from all TC majors.

• Meet with professionals in various career fields, develop career plans, and create professional networks in various industries.

Interested in Becoming an Alumni Mentor?
• More information on the program here.

Alumni Mentor Spotlight: George Papayannis
Papayannis is a Science Teacher at Fenway High School - one of Boston's Public Schools. He teaches Physics, Biology and Chemistry to 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.

Educational Background:
M.A. Science Education, Teachers College, 2003

Mentor Interests:
Providing Informational and Mock Interviews
Job Shadowing
Resume/Cover Letter Critiques
Networking with students and alumni

Recruit TC
Is your organization seeking talented professionals? Contact TCCS to discuss recruiting efforts. Please contact Vicki Gochenour, Assistant Director of Employer Relations at 212-678-3202 or via email at

Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month
IvyLife-Columbia is a LinkedIn group, which is also part of the parent group, IvyLife. Both groups hold various networking events in NYC as well as around the world. For more information, visit the group on LinkedIn or If you have questions, please contact

Use TCCS Link through myTC Portal to access online job postings, alumni mentors, online resources and more. Forgot your password? Simply visit, click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts.

TCCS online resources include:

Vault The web's more complete resource for career management and job search information

Wet feet Access to complete Insider Guide library and the inside scoop on more than 1,000 companies, careers, and industries, along with videos and tips.

Going globalGoing Global - Leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluation, selecting, and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country.

2011 Graduates and Degree Candidates Survey
If you are a 2011 graduate or degree candidate please take a few moments to fill out a brief TCCS survey. The results of this survey will help TCCS gather information regarding the employment status and/or additional graduate school plans of TC alumni. Fill out the TCCS survey today.

For further assistance, please contact the TCCS office at

Meet The Author

Book cover Win at Work!
The Everybody Wins Approach to Conflict Resolution
by Diane L. Katz

Diane Katz
, the President of The Working Circle, has worked with businesses, government entities, non-profits, and family owned businesses. She brings insight, humor, intelligence and a passion for helping organizations and their employees function exquisitely well together. Her 8-step process, The Working Circle, is a brilliant method for resolving conflict without confrontation. To read more about this TC alumna, click here.

Book cover Every Book is a Social Studies Book
by Andrea S. Libresco (co-authored by Jeannette Balantic and Jonie C. Kipling)

Andrea S. Libresco credits the work she did while in the Program for Social Studies at TC with inspiring her to write the book. As she studied exemplary elementary social studies teachers' responses to state assessment, she became convinced that it was still possible to teach meaningful social studies, but it might have to be done by having picture books do double duty.

Libresco is associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership at Hofstra University, where she teaches social studies methods to pre- and in-service teachers at the graduate and undergraduate levels and was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2005.

Gottesman Library
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Published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013


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