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3. Build a 21st Century Environment Campus & Technology

Build a 21st Century Environment Campus & Technology

TC’s beautiful and historic buildings will be transformed into an environment in which our students and faculty can do their best work, share ideas and create a stronger community. The Campaign will enable major renovations to our buildings and infrastructure, infuse teaching and learning spaces with technology and build our one-world smart classroom. 

Goal $60 Million 
Key Investments

  • Build smart classrooms equipped with the latest technology.
  • Create leading-edge auditorium spaces.
  • Develop a TC Student Center.
  • Complete the renovation of the Gottesman Libraries.
  • Repair the aging campus infrastructure.  

Already Under Construction: The Smart Classroom 

“Joining 21st century technology with the expertise of TC faculty and students is the best way to ensure that all children learn to their fullest potential.” –Amity Buxton (M.A. ’52, Ph.D. ’62) 

With Amity Buxton’s support, TC has created a prototype smart classroom where students and faculty use dynamic new technology to create and explore a world of ideas.

The Campaign will invest in more smart classrooms that prepare TC students to teach, work and lead in a hyper-connected global future.

A smarter TC campus means that “our society will benefit from informed, critically thinking and empathic citizens,” she says. 

…& the Library of the Future 

“I believe the library is the key to any institution, and especially to an institution of learning.” –Camilla Smith (M.A. ’72) 

An $8 million gift from Camilla Smith and her husband George will enable Teachers College to renovate the fourth floor of its Gottesman Libraries as the Camilla and George Smith Learning Theater. The new facility will support the next generation of faculty and student research and instruction, offer immersive projection capabilities like those of movies and high-definition television, and ensure that TC’s library remains preeminent in the field of education.

The Smiths’ gift extends the legacy of TC Trustee Ruth Gottesman and her husband Sandy, whose gift enabled renovation of the ground floor archives and material processing center together with three public floors of the library, completed in 2004.

“When completed, the Learning Theater will be a great model for institutions across the country,” says Camilla Smith. 

Published Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014


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