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November 2014 Alumni Newsletter


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A Message from President Fuhrman


In my recent State of the College, delivered on October 8, I focused on how we're moving forward – on multiple fronts – to support strategic innovation, better positioning TC as a 21st century institution that will continue to lead, educate and innovate.  There is much hard work ahead, but the hope is our efforts will bear fruit and help us create a more robust College in every way. Read More from the State of the College>>


A Message from Alumni Relations


October was an amazing (and busy) month for Alumni Relations and the entire TC Community, with opportunities not only to pay homage to departed TC legends, but also to learn through lectures, conferences and roundtables, as well as plenty of chances to network, both in New York and on the road! As we head into another jam-packed month this November, we love looking back on all the amazing alumni we met in October and the events that brought us together, like the 21st Century Leaders Fall Kick-Off Event (pictured). Be sure to check our alumni site frequently for recaps, news and information on upcoming events and opportunities. And don't forget to follow us on social media for all the latest from alumni relations. We look forward to seeing you here at TC and around the globe!


 Alumni Spotlight


                                            Stan Salett (M.A. '63) will speak at Upward Bound’s 50th Anniversary Symposium in Boston, November 8. Salett, the father and architect of Upward Bound and a national leader in social policy and education, will join Upward Bound alumni in celebrating 50 years and millions of students assisted with their high school performance and transition to post-secondary education. (Photo Courtesy of Stan Salett) Read More >>
                                            Alumnae Irina Abulade (M.A. '11) and Magda Nutsa Kobakhidze (M.A. '10) are working to improve public education and teacher certification standards in Georgia, where they are both Ministry of Education officials. The former-Soviet nation is currently involved in intense debate regarding teacher preparation, training, testing, and salaries. Read More >>

TC Tokyo celebrated its final graduation on October 25. Congratulations to our newest TC Alumni!

                                              Dr. Azadeh (Azi) Jamalian (Ph.D. '14) has been making headlines this month as the co-founder and chief learning officer of Tiggly, a New York City-based ed-tech startup that merges physical toys with learning apps to promote children’s development. Tiggly's first product, Tiggly Shapes, is now available in more than 20 countries and in more than 300 Apple Store locations across four continents. Azi is also an adjunct professor here at TC. (Photo Courtesy of Tiggly) Read More >>


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A Big Thank-You for a Big Year
 It has been a record-breaking year for Teachers College! Thanks to the support and generosity of our alumni and friends, like you, TC is able to remain the finest graduate school of education in the world, with  more students  earning their degrees and more faculty engaging our students in the groundbreaking work that creates a smarter, healthier and better world for all. To read more about the successful 2013-2014 fiscal year, click here.
We are so grateful for the vision and engagement of our alumni community and for your many contributions to TC. Thank you!                                   


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 TC News


Discussions of the Common Core
                                    President Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. '77) participated in the Common Core Education Summit October 22 at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, along with other education leaders and members of the TC Community. It was a great evening with lively discussion regarding the fate of new K-12 Common Core State Standards in California and their impact on the education landscape. To listen to a full podcast of the evening’s proceedings, click here and select "play now," or view photos from the event, here


TC to Collaborate with Greenwich Schools
The Greenwich, Connecticut Board of Education has allocated $94,000 of its newly approved $300,000 spending initiatives to fund a partnership between Teachers College and two of the district’s middle schools. The TC collaboration will focus on helping students to improve their writing as part of the school district’s plan to close the achievement gap in some underperforming schools.  Read More >>


                                          Career Services


Networking is relationship building. Whether it is with people you already know or with professionals you have yet to meet, networking is essential in building your career. Join us for coffee, camaraderie and career conversations in a casual setting at our next  networking breakfast, co-hosted by TC Career Services (TCCS). Come meet fellow alumni and learn about ways to connect! Light breakfast will be served. Mark your calendar: the next breakfast will be on Tuesday, December 2.


                                          Support TC

                                                        Scholar Spotlight, Nutritional Ecology
TC’s Nutritional Ecology Scholars (from top), Katie Leonard (M.S. '16) and Carrie Russo (Ed.D. '18) both have deep personal connections to food and education that brought them to TC’s Nutrition Education program. Thanks to the Nutritional Ecology Scholarship, established in 2012 by alumnus Linford Lougheed (Ed.D. '77) and supported by alumnae Valerie Cooke (Ed.D. '87) and Alison Rosenthal (M.S. '08), these special scholars are able to learn firsthand from Joan Gussow (Ed.D. '75), Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita of Nutrition Education, and Pamela Koch (M.Ed. '98, Ed.D. '00), Executive Director of the Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy.  Read More >>

TC Fund: Annual Fund Scholar Spotlight
When you make a leadership gift in support of Financial Aid to the TC Fund, you help to greatly ease the burden of debt for many of our students, like Annual Fund Scholar Sunjeong Kim (M.A. '16), as they pursue their dreams of improving educational outcomes in their communities and around the world.  To learn more about how your gift can immediately impact a student through the Annual Fund Scholars Program, just click here.

A special thanks, again, to all those who supported TC in 2013-2014! For a recap of the many wonderful things you helped TC accomplish this year, click here.


Alumni Creations


Abby Barry Bergman (M.A. '70; Ed.M. '73; Ed.D. '75) co-authored a chapter about former TC Professor, Willard J. Jacobson (M.A. '48; Ed.D. '51) in the book Going Back for our Future: Carrying Forward the Spirit of Pioneers of Science.

Mentoring expert Lois Zachary (Ph.D.  '86) co-authored Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable, a hands-on guide to cultivating effective mentoring relationships, told in the form of an engaging fable.
 Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works?
For consideration in a future newsletter, send information on your work to, subject: Alumni Creations.                                     

November 6: Landmark Symposium: Spirituality in Education
November 7: San Francisco, CA: TC Connections
November 7-8: Celebrating 30 Years of the Hollingworth Preschool
November 8: Miami, FL: Road Work: Memories under Construction
November 9: TC's Brian Perkins (Ed.D. '98) Keynote for the Ohio School Boards Association 59th Annual Conference: "Leadership for Learning"
November 10: Screening of The Red Orchestra
November 13: San Diego, CA: TC Connections
November 17: Cultivation Documentary Premiere
November 18: Sachs Lecture Series: Professor Viv Ellis
November 20: Washington, DC: TC Faculty Noah Drezner Book Signing, Fundraising and Institutional Advancement
November 20: Washington, DC: Alumni Reception with partner ASHE
November 21: Washington, DC: Alumni Reception with partner NCTE
November 22: Washington, DC: Faculty on the Road with  Noah Drezner
November 22-24: Tokyo, Japan: Teachers College @ JALT2014
November, multiple dates: Continuing Professional Studies, ICCCR Fall Non-Credit Conflict Resolution Programs
December 2: TCCS/Alumni Networking Breakfast
December 3: TC Faculty Erica N. Walker Book Talk, Beyond Banneker
December 31: Alumni Council Nomination Deadline
January 6, 2015: TCCS/Alumni Networking Breakfast
January 14, 2015: Washington, DC: Alumni Reception in conjunction with FPI
February 13-14, 2015: 32nd Winter Roundtable
April 11, 2015: Save the Date! Academic Festival 2015

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Published Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014