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Santomero's Neighborhood

A new generation of preschool "neighbors" will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood airs this fall on PBS KIDS with the help of Angela C. Santomero (MA '95), a co-executive producer of the program and founding partner and chief creative officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises.

The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood from The Fred Rogers Company stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program's Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid's-eye view of his life. As they closely follow and share Daniel's everyday adventures, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their families learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning.

The show asks questions regarding sharing, deals with toilet training and what to do when getting a cold, to name just a few, with answers that have a "Fred-ish approach," said Santomero. The newly invented character universe includes O the Owl, nephew of the original X the Owl, and Katerina Kittycat, daughter of Henrietta Pussycat and a father who is not often around. That dynamic is designed to depict different kinds of families and friendships, said Ms. Santomero, who was raised on the original "Neighborhood" and credits Rogers with her decision to study early childhood development. Read More from the New York Times article. >>

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Department Center

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Arts & Humanities Homepage

Click here to read the department's blog. Visit the Music Ed site for alumni news and upcoming concerts. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @TCAandH, @TCSocialStudies, @TCMusicEd, and new to twitter: @TCEnglishEd.

Biobehavioral Sciences Homepage

You can also join the conversation on Twitter @BiobehavioralTC.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology Homepage

The MA Clinical Program is on Linkedin.

TC has just opened the Spirituality & Mind-Body Institute.

Curriculum & Teaching Homepage

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Education Policy & Social Analysis Homepage

Click here for the recent issue of EPSA-logue, the department's newsletter. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @EPSAatTC.

Health & Behavior Studies Homepage

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Human Development Homepage

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

International & Transcultural Studies Homepage

Check out the TC IED Alumni Blog

Mathematics, Science & Technology Homepage

View the link to the Summer 2012 issue of MST Times. In it you will find the latest news and events occurring in MST.

Organization & Leadership Homepage

Visit the site for alumni, faculty and student news.

Check out the HPSE Fall 2012 Newsletter.

Other Concentrations Homepage

Interested in other certificate programs and courses? Visit the site for additional opportunities.

Teachers College News

Coleman Speaks at TEDx Miami

In this recent TEDx talk in Miami, Peter T. Coleman, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of ICCCR, explains why politics in the US are more deadlocked and polarized today than they have been since the end of the US Civil War and what our next president and our citizens can do about it. Read More >>

Virtual Events
Were you interested in an event but unable to attend? If so, or if you want to be part of the audience again, you can watch many of our programs online. Simply visit our Youtube channel (TeachersCollegeCUNYC) or TC channel to see what you've been missing.

Support TC

TC Annual Fund Donor Event: November 14
The Provost Series: "Adventures in MathemAntics: Software to Help Little Children to Learn Math."

Thomas James, Provost & Dean of the College, invites our generous TC Fund Donors to join him and Dr. Herbert P. Ginsburg, TC's Jacob H. Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology & Education, for a cocktail reception and lively discussion on math learning as it relates to young children. From its earliest days, Teachers College has drawn on cognitive research to create new ways to help children learn. Professor Ginsburg is discovering and unleashing the analytical skills and math abilities of young children. How will MathemAntics change the future of math curriculum development and teaching? These questions and more will be explored in this informative and engaging presentation.
Location: Teachers College, Room 179 Grace Dodge Hall
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more information or RSVP, please visit
You can also contact Mark Lee at (212) 678-3411 or email at by Friday, November 9.

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!

Plan Ahead for Year-End Giving to the Annual Fund
You can help both Teachers College and yourself by making a charitable contribution before December 31. Cash and securities are deductible charitable contributions. If you give a gift of appreciated securities that you have held for longer than one year, you can deduct the full fair market value on your 2012 tax return and avoid capital gains tax. If you wish to give a gift of appreciated securities or mutual fund shares, contact your investment advisor soon to be sure your gift is completed by December 31. You can also use appreciated securities to establish a charitable gift annuity with Teachers College that will provide you with a fixed income for life, as well as a charitable deduction. If we can be of any assistance as you plan a gift of stock, please see the stock transfer instructions on our giving web pages at or contact Mary Amoon-Hickey at 212-678-3392. Please note that a stock transfer can take up to seven business days to complete, so remember to plan early.


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

BookThe Practice of Professional Consulting by Edward Verlander (EdD '86). Edward Verlander, founder and chairman of EGVA, specializes in leadership development, executive coaching, and management training. In addition to corporate consulting, he is an adjunct professor of management at the College of Business, Stony Brook University. He has also taught at Columbia University, Hofstra University, and Long Island University, as well as at Jilin University and Nanjing University in China.

BookCan I Be President, Too? by Corey Emanuel Chapman (MA '11). Chapman, Chief Creative Officer of Corey Emanuel, is a multimedia producer, serving as a creative consultant for a number of clients. He trained at CNN under the leadership of Soledad O'Brien & was responsible for the daily social media updates on both Facebook and Twitter, providing underreported stories and breaking news coverage. In addition, he conducted research to support content for both Black in America and Latino in America.

BookMy Life In School by Tom Sobol (EdD '69). Sobol is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard School of Education. He was Superintendent of Schools of Scarsdale, New York from 1971 to 1987, New York State Commissioner of Education from 1987 to 1995, and the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Outstanding Educational Practice at Teachers College from 1995 to 2007. He continued to teach at the College until 2010. He lives with his wife and labrador retriever in Scarsdale, NY.

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? For consideration in a future bookshelf section, send information on your work to, subject: Alumni Publications.

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 You can also join the dialogue on Twitter @GottesmanLibs.

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November Alumni Newsletter

Our Thoughts Are With You After Hurricane Sandy

Dear TC Alumni & Community,

Please know that our hearts and thoughts are with you in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We know that many of you were hit hard by this storm and that the aftermath is still taking a toll on your daily lives.

Fortunately, our campus was spared damage; however, we are painfully aware of the destruction the storm has left on the city and the region. Collectively, we extend our concern for those whose lives, families and neighborhoods have been most seriously affected by flooding, loss of power and other damage.

TC will be organizing some special initiatives that will directly benefit schools, students and families affected by the storm. Stay tuned for ways to support these efforts.

Our city and surrounding communities have much hard work to do in recovering from this historic storm. For a list of resources that may continue to prove helpful, please visit:

It has been heartening to see the neighbors and communities throughout the regions coming together as one to help one other. Stay safe, and know that all of us in the TC Community wish you and your loved ones the best.

TC Alumni Relations Team

Decision 2012
We hope you exercised your right to vote today.

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.

Alumni Council Nominations Due Dec. 31
Are you interested in serving your fellow TC alumni? There's still time! TC alumni are represented officially by the Alumni Association's Council, a group of 35 members elected to serve three-year terms. If you are interested in becoming a council member or know someone who would be an asset to the council, please complete a nomination form. Deadline to submit nominations is December 31, the selection process will take place during the first quarter of 2013, and appointments will be made in May.

Stay Connected to TC As We Prepare for our 125th
Alumni Relations is planning events all over the world this year! Be sure your email & mailing addresses are up to date so you can receive your invitation! Take a moment to also share Class Notes. Keep up with what is happening around campus and with your fellow alumni - join the conversation online.

Help your fellow TC alumni stay connected - forward this newsletter!

Upcoming Alumni Events


November 8 - President's Reception in Honolulu, Hawaii
Aloha, Hawaii area alumni! Join us for an opportunity to meet TC President Susan Fuhrman during a speaking program and reception. #AlohaTC
Hosted by: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815
For more information or to register, please visit

November 8 - A Conversation on Education Across the Americas
Join us in the university-wide celebration of 50 years of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. A roundtable of exceptional Teachers College alumni will share insights on their active engagement with research and policy in various aspects of education throughout the Americas. Panelists include: Ryan Burgess (EdD '08), Education Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Veronica Cabezas (PhD '10), Assistant Professor, Universidad Católica de Chile, Paulo Da Silva (MA '04), Visiting Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, Adrian Franco (MPh '11), Director of Economic Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Milagros Nores (PhD '06), Assistant Research Professor, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, and Adriana Vilela (MA '99), Senior Education Specialist, Office of Education and Culture, Organization of American States. Reception to follow.
Hosted by:
Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Horace Mann 140, Teachers College
For more information or to register, please visit

November 14 - "International Education: Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide" an 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.
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations & International Student Services
Horace Mann 150, Teachers College
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit

November 14 - The Provost Series: "Adventures in MathemAntics: Software to Help Little Children to Learn Math."
Thomas James, Provost & Dean of the College, invites our generous TC Fund Donors to join him and Dr. Herbert P. Ginsburg, TC's Jacob H. Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology & Education, for a cocktail reception and lively discussion on math learning as it relates to young children. From its earliest days, Teachers College has drawn on cognitive research to create new ways to help children learn. Professor Ginsburg is discovering and unleashing the analytical skills and math abilities of young children. How will MathemAntics change the future of math curriculum development and teaching? These questions and more will be explored in this informative and engaging presentation.
Location: Teachers College, Room 179 Grace Dodge Hall
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more information or RSVP, please visit
You can also contact Mark Lee at (212) 678-3411 or email at by Friday, November 9.

November 14 - The Perkins Radio Platform
The November Special Edition (1 hour) will feature two special guests who are the chief architects for the ongoing merger of Shelby County and Memphis City Public Schools - David Pickler and Martavius Jones. The unification is considered to be the largest school district consolidation in American history. Fraught with historical tensions, issues of race and equity, this is a consolidation ambitious both in scale and momentum. Actions by members of the Memphis and Shelby school boards, local city councils, a 2011 referendum, and ongoing lawsuits have divided the local landscapes along political lines. Tune in to next Wednesday's broadcast here.
Time: 2:00 p.m.

November 15 - The 6th Superintendent Roundtable - Urban School Turnaround: Mission Impossible?
This month's guest is Dr. DeWayne Davis of Los Angeles Unified School Districa turn-around specialist. He has been a principal in some of LA's most challenging schools. Dr. Davis has been widely recognized for his accomplishments in transforming urban underperforming schools -- having turned several into notable academic institutions. Join us in a discussion with Dr. Davis about the leadership skills needed to successfully turn around urban schools and how to build sustainable cultures of academic excellence.
Cost $30.00 (Dinner Provided). Space is limited.
Location: Zankel 109 (Trustee Room), Teachers College
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
To register, and for more information, please visit If you have any questions about the events, please call at 212.678.7449 or email at

November 16 - TC at ASHE: A Reception in Honor of ASHE President Anna Neumann
Join us in celebrating ASHE President, and TC faculty, Anna Neumann during a reception in her honor while also networking with Higher Education and Nevada area alumni.
Hosted by: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
For more information or to RSVP, please visit

November 27 - TC Psychology Roundtable: The Psychological Impact of Spirituality
This third installment in the Psychology Roundtable Series, will explore the topic of spirituality and the mind/body link. Lisa Miller Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, will moderate the panel discussion with Suniya S. Luthar Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology, John Allegrante Ph.D., Professor of Health Education and Deputy Provost, along with clinicians Dale Atkins (MA '72), Ph.D. and Betsy Schur Levy Ph.D. '89.
Sponsored by: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Networking Reception immediately following
Location: Teachers College
For more information or to RSVP, please visit

November 29- HBS Colloquium Series: The Undivided Self: Psychophysical Unity and its Role in Education and Health, Theodore Dimon
This colloquium series seeks to bring together faculty and students from across Teachers College and other units of Columbia University whose research interests include the biological, behavioral, and social basis of healthy human development and health-related educational, behavioral, and social intervention. Dr. Theodore Dimon is the founder and director of The Dimon Institute in New York City.
Hosted by: Office of the Provost of Teachers College and Gottesman Libraries
Location: 305 Russell Hall, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College
Time: 3:45 p.m.
For more information or to register, please visit

Mark Your Calendar

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                        January 16 - 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. #TCinDCFPI
Hosted By: TC Office of Alumni Relations
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cosmos Club (Powell Room), 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
For more information to follow.

April 13 - Academic Festival 2013
The tradition of Academic Festival will continue as part of the 125th anniversary celebration. Our fifth annual signature homecoming event will explore the many trailblazing "firsts" that constitute the College's legacy and continue to shape its future. The day will include breakout sessions on topics in TC's core fields of education, health, psychology and leadership, featuring TC faculty, alumni and students who represent all 10 of the College's academic departments. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's keynote speaker and award recipients. Visit to see what happened at Academic Festival 2012! #TCAcFest

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

Tap in to TCCS
Alumni you can take advantage of the career resources available to them. To review a list of services offered, click here. Join Teachers College, Columbia University Career Services (TCCS) LinkedIn Group. Connect with TC alumni and fellow students, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, & learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events. Like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter.

TCCS Alumni Listserv
Do you want to receive the TCCS weekly emails with information on learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events? Sign up for the TCCS Alumni Listserv.

Alumni Mentor Program
Join the TCCS LinkedIn group titled 'Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University' for all your networking purposes. For more information, please 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

TCCS Events
Use TCCS LINK through myTC Portal to RSVP for the events below, access online job postings, alumni mentors, online resources and more. Note: Dates and room locations are subject to change so please verify location prior to event in TCCS LINK. All workshop, panel and info session information is listed in the 'Career Fairs and Events' section of TCCS LINK.

November 7 - Brooke Charter School, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 138 Horace Mann
November 8 - Catholic Relief Services, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., SIPA Room 411
November 8 - International Education Group, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 144 Horace Mann
November 8 - Marsh & McLennan (1st Years), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Zankel 109 (Board of Trustees Room)
November 13 - Save the Children, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 147 Horace Mann (Cowin Center Auditorium)
November 14 - Carney, Sandoe & Associates, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 150 Horace Mann
November 15 - Uplift Education, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 144 Horace Mann
November 16 - Teaching Matters, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Location: TBA
November 28 - New Visions, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Location: TBA
November 29 - New York City Department of Education, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Location: TBA

Columbia University Center for Career Education Webinar | Wednesday, November 28, 12-1 PM (ET)
Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family
Have you been out of the workforce for some time and are planning to get back in? Are you feeling overwhelmed about how to start, especially in this difficult economy? In this webinar, career coach Pamela Weinberg will share specific tips on how to begin this process, whether it involves returning to a chosen profession or a change of careers. Furthermore, the presentation will provide an overview of the job market today, careers with bright outlooks, strategies for researching careers and networking, and resources for building an action plan and creating a personal mission statement.
Click here to register and for more information.

For Columbia alumni volunteer & mentor opportunities please click here. You can also champion Columbia University students for your firm. Visit

Interested in sharing your expertise or mentoring Columbia University Alumni? Contact Malla Haridat ( or 212-854-7862) for information on the Professionals in Residence, the Columbia Externship Program and more.

Columbia Networking Events Monthly Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month contact William Jordan to inquire -

For further assistance regarding TC Career Services, please contact the TCCS office at

Events: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features.By entering the event premises you consent to videotaping, photography, interview(s) and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for public relations, news articles, telecasts, education, advertising, research, inclusion on web sites, fundraising, or any other purpose by Teachers College (TC) and and/or its affiliates. Full photo consent information here. If you would like to unsubscribe to these emails, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Change of address? Update your information here.

Published Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013


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