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President Bloom

Joel S. Bloom (EdD '78) has been named president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, after more than twenty years of service at the institution. Bloom holds master's and doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from TC. Read the full story here.

Spiro to Lead the Wallace Foundation

Jody Spiro (EdD '89) will lead the Wallace Foundation's $75-million Principal Pipeline initiative, designed to help school districts build a corps of effective principals and to determine whether that effort improves student achievement across the district, especially in the highest needs schools. Read the full story here.

President Krejcarek

Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek (Ed.D '06) has been selected as President of Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, effective July 1, 2012. Read the full story here.

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Teachers College News

Excerpts From a Letter Submitted by President Fuhrman to the New York Times

There is no evidence that evaluating teachers solely on the basis of their students’ performance on standardized tests improves schools, and releasing the yearly “rankings” of individual teachers is demeaning and demoralizing.

Yes, teachers should be judged on their students’ progress and achievement. However, as a 2010 compilation of research by the National Research Council and the National Academy of Education demonstrated, “value-added” methodologies can’t control for many factors that affect students’ performance on standardized tests.

For example, if administrators routinely assign struggling students either to the “best” teachers (as one might hope) or to inexperienced teachers (as too often is the case), those teachers’ measured gains in student achievement typically suffer in comparison to those of their colleagues. Read more here.

Virtual Events

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Continue the Legacy

Alumni play an important part in spreading the word about Teachers College. We encourage you to send the Office of Admission the name and email address of anyone you think might be a good 'fit' for TC. They will reach out to each student you provide information for and will be sure that the student receives important information about the application and admission process at TC. They will send a personalized note to each student letting them know that they were referred by a TC alumnus.

If you would like to recommend a prospective student, please forward his or her first name, last name, and email address to Write 'Alumni Referral' in the subject line of the e-mail message.

Please feel free to recommend as many individuals as you wish. Together, we can continue the legacy and enroll outstanding students to the College each year.


Alumni Publications
To read about our TC authors, please click on the links below.


Agorafabulous! by Sara Benincasa (MA '09). Benincasa is an award-winning comedian, writer and host of the popular podcast, Sex and Other Human Activities.


The Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools by Yvette Jackson (EdD '83). Jackson is currently CEO of the National Urban Alliance. Join Jackson for a special event on Tuesday, March 13, as she discusses her book. RSVP Today.

Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5 by Rekha S. Rajan (EdD '10). Rajan is an assistant professor and the director of graduate programs in early childhood education at National-Louis University.

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works?
Send information on your work to, subject: Alumni Publications. we can feature you on our bookshelf section.

Gottesman Library

The Gottesman Library Newsletter is available here. If you are interested in learning more about events hosted by the Gottesman Library or about available library services please visit

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Biobehavioral Sciences
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Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Curriculum & Teaching
Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Education Policy & Social Analysis

Click here for the first Epsa-logue, the department's first newsletter.

Health & Behavior Studies
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Human Development

Click here to read the most recent edition of HUDN, the department's newsletter.

International & Transcultural Studies
ITS is also accepting nominations for the Harold J. Noah Award. Click here for more. Are you a CIES alumnus/a? Fill out the CIES alumni survey here.

Mathematics, Science & Technology
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Organization & Leadership
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March Alumni Newsletter

Academic Festival 2012: Sneak Peek

Read all about the sessions and speakers who will be featured at Academic Festival 2012 - Rewiring the Learning Landscape.

Click here for a sneak peek of your invitation. Academic Festival, a full-day, on-campus event brings you a wide array of breakout sessions that will feature faculty, alumni and students in interactive sessions that explore the intersection of technology and humanity in education, computing, the arts, psychology, nutrition and leadership.

Highlights include Jeffrey Sach's Keynote Address; the Distinguished Alumni & President's Awards ceremonies; programming for all ages and Alumni Networking. Online Registration opens March 15. Read all about the sessions now. Mark you calendar for April 21. Stay tuned for more information about Academic Festival 2012.

Center for the Professional Education of Teachers
The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) home to TC's secondary literacy initiatives that work to create and maintain global equity in education, Student Press Initiative (SPI), Studies in Educational Innovations (SEI) and Secondary Literacy Initiative (SLI), has several partnerships and programs launching this spring. One such partnership unites the expertise of Columbia and Teachers College through a multinational student-publishing project. Through 3G technologies, students from remote villages of sub-Saharan Africa can connect and collaborate with their New York City counterparts to publish their stories! To learn more about this project and others, please visit CPET's website: Also, CPET seeks to engage alumni in volunteer opportunities that might include outreach efforts, event planning and article writing. If you're interested, please contact CPET's Associate Director, Hilary Aylesworth, at

TESOL Certificate Program
The Teachers College TESOL Certificate Program is now accepting
applications for our Summer 2012 certificate program! The 8-week
intensive program prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages, in the United States and abroad. Our students include recent graduates who hope to travel and teach overseas, professionals considering a career change, and teachers who wish to continue their professional development. For more information, and to download an application, visit our webpage:

Become a NYC Secondary Special Education Teacher
Interested in becoming a secondary special education teacher in New York City public schools? There is still time to apply to the Secondary Inclusive Education master's program in partnership with Teaching Residents at Teachers College Program. This program prepares residents as highly qualified educators for urban high-need secondary schools (grades 7-12) through a residency model that provides multiple support networks and strength in connecting theory with practice. Teachers College applicants that are selected to participate in this residency program receive a substantial scholarship, health insurance assistance, and a $22,500 living stipend while participating in the 14 month master's program. Applications are being accepted now. For more information and details on how to apply go to:

What's New in Your Program?
Visit the Department News section to link to your department's site where you can learn more about what's happening in your program.

Update Your Information and Stay Connected to TC
Does the new year find you at a new address or job? Please take a moment to update your information or share Class Notes. Keep up with what is happening around campus and with your fellow alumni by following us on Twitter and being a part of the conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn. We post pictures from our events on our Facebook page, so log on and tag yourself.

Forward this newsletter to your fellow TC alumni and help them to stay connected!

Upcoming Alumni Events


March 7 - Education Career Fair
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Join us as students, recent graduates, and experienced practitioners to network during this one-day event. This event is designed to facilitate recruitment in the areas of Educational Technology, Educational Publishing, For-Profit, Higher Education, International Education Development, Museum Education, Not-For-Profit, and PreK-12 Educators.
Hosted By: TC Career Services
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
For alumni and student registration - click here. For more information please contact Naomi Naiztat at (212) 678-3203 or

No RSVP necessary. Be sure to bring ID and resume with TC information.

Ellie kriegerEllie Krieger (MA '95) refuses to believe that anyone has to choose between food that's good for you and food that tastes good. "I want to help people realize they can enjoy the meals they love in a healthier way," says the TV chef, registered dietitian, and former model. She tackles some of America's most cherished - and traditionally indulgent - comfort foods in her new cookbook, Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy. Join Krieger along with TC's Nutrition experts Isobel Contento and Pam Koch (EdD '00) for a Book Talk and Signing. We will be serving up some of the delicious and nutritious recipes from her book.
Hosted By:
TC Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Teachers College, Grace Dodge Hall Room 179
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit

March 22 - 2012 Julius and Rosa Sachs Lecture
The Sachs Lecture Series was established in 1924 with the purpose of making it possible to bring distinguished visiting lecturers to campus. This year the lecture features Pam L. Grossman, Ph.D.
Stanford University, School of Education and and 2012 Distinguished Tisch Lecturer on Re-imagining Teacher Education in a Changing Landscape. Professor Grossman will chart the changing landscape for teacher education and its implications for university-based teacher education. Using her large-scale study of pathways into teaching in New York City as a springboard, she will explore ways to re-imagine the work of teacher education and the role of the university.
Location: Teachers College, 179 Grace Dodge Hall
Time: 5:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP visit

March 23 - Annual Special Education Conference: When Worlds Collide 2012
Puerto rico   The annual Conference sponsored by the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities of the Health and Behavior Studies Department at Teachers College will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 9:30-3:30 in the Cowin Center. This year’s theme continues to focus on: When Worlds Collide: Ongoing Challenges of Special Education in 2012. It fosters dialogue between professionals and students on contemporary issues in special education. The Conference also features the Leonard and Frances Blackman Lecture and this year’s speaker is Dr. Catherine Lord. She is a clinical psychologist and a leading expert on autism. She is best known for developing diagnostic standards for autism and new ways of teaching social and language skills. She is the newly appointed Director of the Institute for Brain Development which will be located on the Westchester campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and will be staffed by faculty physicians from both Columbia and Cornell. There is no charge to attend any of the Conference events, but *registration is required*.
Hosted By: Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities of the Health and Behavior Studies Department
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cowin Center
For more information or to RSVP visit

March 26 - Tisch Lecture
Teachers College is honored to present Helen Clark, the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand and current Administrator of the UN Development Program, as this year's Distinguished Tisch Lecturer. Ms. Clark will speak on Education as a Driver of Economic and Social Development.
Location: Teachers College, Milbank Chapel
Time: 4:00 p.m. Lecture in Milbank Chapel, 5:00 p.m. Reception in Everett Lounge
For more information or to RSVP please visit
RSVP by March 21.

March 28-31 - AERI Conference: Educational Assessment, Accountability, and Equity: Conversations on Validity Around the World
This conference seeks to engage educational researchers, evaluators, psychometricians, graduate students, educational administrators/leaders, teachers, policy makers, and those concerned with valid use of educational tests and assessments in a robust conversation about issues and factors that serve as barriers or facilitators to valid and meaningful use of educational assessment information around the world. Come hear distinguished speakers in educational assessment and evaluation, and participate inconversations on validity. Among them: Michael Kane, Educational Testing Service; Adrie Visscher, University of Twente, Netherlands; Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Eva Baker, University of California - Los Angeles.
Hosted By: Teachers College, Columbia University and Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP please visit

March 30 - Children's Artwork from the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center Exhibit and Reception
Join students, alumni, faculty, artists and the Arts & Humanities department for a reception to network and showcase the artwork.
Hosted By: Arts & Humanities Department
Location: Macy Gallery, Room 444
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
No RSVP necessary.


April 5 - International Week Student & Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception
Wine and cheese   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
Location: Macy Gallery, Room 444
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

April 15 - Vancouver Reception in conjunction with AERA

Vancouver  Join fellow AERA and Vancouver area alumni for this annual reception with faculty, students and alumni planned in conjunction with the AERA Conference.
Hosted By: TC President Susan Fuhrman
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, Cypress Room, Vancouver, Canada
No RSVP necessary. We look forward to seeing you there.

April 21 - Academic Festival: Rewiring the Learning Landscape
Academic Festival, our signature homecoming event, is a day-long celebration of the rich intellectual traditions, past and present, that make TC the nation's leading school of education. Breakout sessions featuring TC faculty and alumni representative of all TC departments will offer interactive opportunities to explore and discuss the intersection of technology and humanity.
Hosted By: Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Teachers College
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

April 24 -San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alumni Reception in Conjunction with CIES
Puerto rico   Join TC Faculty from the Comparative and International Education Program Professor Monisha Bajaj, Professor Lesley Bartlett, Professor Regina Cortina, Visiting Professor Mark Ginsburg, Professor Henry Levin, Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi, and Portia Williams, Director of International Affairs, Dr. Carine Ezzedine Allaf and Dr. Kimberly Foulds as well as alumni for a reception in conjunction with the Comparative & International Education Society Conference (CIES).
Hosted By: Office of Alumni Relations
Location: Caribe Hilton, 1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit

Mark Your Calendar

May 23 - TC in DC "Making a Difference: The Nuts and Bolts of Social Entrepreneurship"
July 26-28 - Superintendents and Aspiring Superintendents Work Conference
September 28-29 - Language and Social Interaction Working Group

For additional information on Alumni Events and Programs, visit 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

TCCS Events
Use TCCS Link through myTC Portal to RSVP for the events below, access online job postings, alumni mentors, online resources and more. Forgot your password? Simply visit, click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts. All workshop information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK.
Click here for afull listing of all of TCCS events.

All workshop information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK.
March 20 - Dress for Success, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 150 Horace Mann
March 23 - Curriculum Vita (CV)/Cover Letter Writing Workshop, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 438 Horace Mann

For all panels, please register on TCCS LINK within the 'Career Fairs and Events' section.

March 7 - Where's My Fit?, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Lerner Hall, Room 555, Columbia University Campus (116th and Broadway)
March 7 - Careers In Publishing, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Lerner Hall, Room 555, Columbia University Campus (116th and Broadway)
March 27 - Laid Off...What Now?, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 179 Grace Dodge Hall

For all information sessions, please register on TCCS LINK within the 'Career Fairs and Events' section.
March 2 - New Visions Partner for Public Schools Info Session, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 148 Horace Mann
March 28 - NYC Department of Education, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Grace Dodge Hall Private Dining Room
March 28 - United Federation of Teachers (UFT), 5:30 - 6:00 p.m., Grace Dodge Hall Private Dining Room

March 7, 2012 - Education Career Fair
career road sign        Join us as students, recent graduates, and experienced practitioners to network during this one-day event. This event is designed to facilitate recruitment in the areas of Educational Technology, Educational Publishing, For-Profit, Higher Education, International Education Development, Museum Education, Not-For-Profit, and PreK-12 Educators. To register, click here.

Are looking to hire students, recent graduates, and experienced practitioners in the areas listed above? Attend this one-day event! Registration is now open.
Hosted By: TC Career Services
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
For more information please contact Naomi Naiztat at (212) 678-3203 or

March 21, 2012 - Education Career Fair
Interested in a career in the Media Industry? Not sure what you want to do? Media Networking Night is the perfect opportunity for students to network with representatives from a wide variety of disciplines within the Media Industry. Meet with a variety of alumni and professionals who can speak candidly about their own experiences in the film, photography, book publishing, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, entertainment, visual arts industries, and many more! Use this opportunity to see how these professionals got where they are and what the day-to-day life is like for them in this industry. Networkers already registered to attend include representatives from Magnolia Pictures, CNN Headline News - Showbiz Tonight, Amplify Sports and Entertainment, Madison Square Garden, Conde Nast Publications Group, Random House, Inc., XTec Media, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Andres Valenzuela Photography, Newsweek Magazine, MTV Networks, Chanel, and many others! Click here to register.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Low Memorial Library

March 22 - Stand Out from the Crowd: A Strong Resume in a Weak Economy Webinar, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Alumni Mentor Program
Want information on becoming an Alumni Mentor? For more information and to apply, click here.

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

Spring 2012 Columbia Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
Mark your calendars for opportunities to volunteer and share your expertise, your experience and time for upcoming career events. For more information on the events below or to RSVP, please click here
March 12-16 - Columbia Externship Program
March 21 - Networking at Media Networking Night
March 28 & April 13 - Professionals in Residence

Champion Columbia students at your Firm!
CU is seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Visit for more information.

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

For further assistance, please contact the TCCS office at

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Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013