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2013 Year in Review

Covering the Period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013

Illustrations by Josue Evilla

September 2012
More than 300 parents, teachers, community members and dignitaries celebrate the new permanent home for the pre-k–8 Teachers College Community School.

October 2012
The National Young Arts Foundation begins nationwide distribution of a study guide, developed by Professor of music Education Hal Abeles and team, for the award-winning HBO young Arts “master Class” series.

In her State of the College address, TC President Susan Fuhrman declares 2012-13 “the year of effectiveness” and announces transformative initiatives in learning, policy and comprehensive opportunity in public schools.

The annual Elaine brantley memorial Award for Community and Civility is awarded to Evelyn Cardona, Administrative Assistant in the College’s Office of School and Community Partnerships; Thomas Rock, Associate Dean, Enrollment Services; and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of English Education.

TC hosts a debate between the education advisors of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

November 2012
Soon after Hurricane Sandy, the TC Reading and Writing Project’s Literacy Lifeboats initiative raises nearly $30,000 to help damaged schools. TC Cares, spearheaded by the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, launches a citywide assistance effort. TC also provides tutoring to students at Kingsborough Community College.

December 2012
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Dinelia Rosa (TC file photo)
Dinelia Rosa, Director of TC’s Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, becomes the 2013 President- Elect of the New York State Psychological Association – the first person of color to serve in that role.

Rap artist GZA and TC’s Christopher Emdin, Assistant Professor of Science Education, launch a Hip-Hop Science Battle for students at 10 New York City public high schools. In June 2013 senior Jabari Johnson of Urban Assembly for the Performing Arts High School is crowned contest winner.

January 2013
Volunteers from TC, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) and World Vision distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to students at PS 154. The school is part of REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition in Harlem), the College’s partnership with local public schools supported by a $1 million JPMC grant.

Faculty, students and staff kick off TC’s year-long 125th Anniversary celebration at a party in the Zankel Hall lobby.

TC’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education and academic publisher Zaner- Bloser co-sponsor the conference “Beyond Bullying: Safe Schools, Successful Students.”

February 2013
Tisch Lecturer Howell Wechsler (Ed.D. ’95), Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the u.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges education schools to focus on student health.

TC hosts a major conference to launch the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy. (See page 15.)

March 2013
Former u.S. Surgeon general David Satcher keynotes TC’s fifth annual Health Disparities Conference as the College launches its new Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education.

The New-York Historical Society launches a month-long exhibit on TC. The College unveils bus shelter ads showcasing John Dewey, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Swartz Rose, Carl Rogers and Albert Ellis.

The Program in Neuroscience and Education begins a lecture series featuring investigators from local universities.

April 2013
Carol Burris (Ed.D. ’03), Principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY, is named the state’s High School Principal of the year.

TC hosts the launch for the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, an analytic survey with contributions from 17 TC faculty members, students and staff .

The College’s 2013 Academic Festival celebrates the legacy of the late TC President and education historian Lawrence Cremin and honors six distinguished alumni, including the late science educator Sreyashi Jhumki Basu, who died of breast cancer at age 31 in 2008.

The College unveils 125th Anniversary street banners honoring its academic leadership and alumni.

New York City Public Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott visits the Teachers College Community School to encourage registration for the city’s 4,000 new pre-kindergarten seats.

May 2013

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Thomas Friedman at TC’s Commencement in May (Photo by Heather Van Uxem Lewis)

TC’s Commencement honors New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; Merry l Tisch (Ed.D. ’05), new york Regents Chancellor; and Lee Sing Kong, Director of Singapore’s national institution of Education.

Teachers College ranks third in 2013 among the nation’s master’s international and Coverdell Fellows Programs. TC’s Jaff e Peace Corps Fellows Program was founded in 1985 to prepare returning Peace Corps veterans to teach in high-need schools.

June 2013
TC’s Office of School and Community Partnerships receives an annually renewable federal grant of $1.173 million for its Harlem Ivy 21st Century Community Learning Center.

July 2013
Joining student delegates from 17 countries at the un, TC students celebrate Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot by the Taliban.

Global TC Day unites the TC community worldwide to celebrate the College’s 125th anniversary .

The inaugural Financial Literacy Summer Institute, funded by TC Trustee Joyce B. Cowin (M.A. ’52), prepares 50 new york City high school teachers to incorporate fi nancial education into their classes.

TC hosts New York City’s 2013 mayoral candidates for a live-streamed discussion of the arts and arts education.

August 2013
The Rockland County Historical Society honors Professor Emeritus Edmund Gordon and his wife Susan Gordon, a physician, with its living landmark Award.

Published Monday, Jan. 13, 2014