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A Message from Alumni Relations

February is shaping up to be a busy month, with events and receptions on the TC campus and on the road. Alumni Relations will be making stops in Scottsdale and San Diego, offering our alumni out West some opportunities to connect with TC and network with each other. Back at home, the winter slush won't stop us from hosting several major events and conferences, as well as workshops and job fairs, for our alumni and friends. February is also Black History Month, so be sure to connect with us on social media for spotlights and stories honoring TC's rich history and diversity.  Of course, who could forget that Valentine's Day is around the corner? If you met your significant other at TC, please share your sweetheart stories with us via social media or by email. We love hearing about love fostered on 120th Street; it's one of the highlights of our year!


Alumni Spotlight


 Dr. Olivia J. Hooker (M.A. '47), recently discussed her personal experiences as a survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 in an interview with WFUV.org. Hooker, who was the first African-American woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, went on to become a pioneering psychologist after earning her master's in Psychological Services from TC and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Rochester, where she was one of two black female students. Hooker has been honored by the New York State Senate for her contributions to both the women's and the civil rights movements. Photo courtesy of the American Psychological Association. Listen to her story, in her own words, here>>

Janet H. Carr (Ed.D. '91), who passed away on November 4, 2014, was honored with a tribute in Physical Therapy, the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy.  Carr was called "an absolute giant in the physiotherapy field in Australia" and, along with her collaborator Roberta Shepherd, is credited with pioneering a clinical approach to treating patients with neuromuscular diagnoses. Her most well-known textbook, Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing Motor Performance, has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Farsi, and Arabic. Read More >>

Dr. Daniel Hoffman (Ed.D. '13) has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since graduating from TC's Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design program.  Hoffman's research focuses on the design of innovative interactive experiences and their impact on learning and engagement. Hoffman and two colleagues from his department recently received over one more than one million dollars in funding from the National Science Foundation for a four-year core research project that will examine how body movement supports student reasoning about critical science concepts possessing unseen structures and unobservable mechanisms (e.g., molecular interactions). Read More>>

James Connelly (M.A. '68) was named Interim Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools.  Connelly has extensive experience as an interim superintendent in Connecticut, having served in that capacity in Naugatuck, Oxford, Montville, Putnam, Region 16 (Prospect-Beacon Falls), Woodbridge and Killingly.  Photo courtesy of Norwalk Public Schools. Read More>>                                            


Featured Video

TC Alumna's Show Wins Animation and Parents' Choice Awards
Congratulations are in order for Alice Wilder (Ed.D. '98). Alice is part of the creative team for the Amazon Originals Kids program Tumble Leaf, which just won "Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children" at the Annie Awards. In addition to the Annies victory, Tumble Leaf also received a Parents' Choice Gold Award for 2015. Watch the first episode of Tumble Leaf for free on Amazon today.

For additional video content visit TC on Tape and TC's YouTube channel.


Career Services         


Save the Date for the TCCS Spring Career Fairs! Don't forget these exciting career opportunities.
The 13th Annual Metro NY Charter School Career Fair will be held February 28. It will be an opportunity to meet hiring managers from top performing metro NYC-area public charter schools, such as Success Academy, KIPP NYC and many others. More than 50 charter school organizations will be recruiting classroom teachers, curriculum leaders and school administrators at this event.
The Education Career Fair will be on March 4. Don't miss this opportunity to meet with national school systems, independent schools, charter schools and international organizations who are seeking students, recent graduates and experienced practitioners interested in teaching, guidance/school counseling, and various educational and administrative positions.
And mark your calendar: the next TCCS/Alumni Relations networking breakfast will be on Tuesday, March 3.


TC News

President Fuhrman Pens Privacy OpEd
In a recent guest editorial for Education Update, President Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. '77) explored the issues of privacy inherent in new educational technologies, arguing that we must protect students' information in this new age of data mining. While new educational platforms and databases have revolutionized the ways students learn and the capacity of educators to study how students learn, educators, parents and students aren't the only ones who want access to all the data collected through online learning platforms and programs - commercial entities do, as well, and not always with pure intentions or appropriate regard for protecting student identities. According to Fuhrman, "Educators should be leading a wide-ranging conversation about how to protect the privacy of students." Read More >>


TC Launches Diabetes Education and Management Master's Program
TC's new Diabetes Education and Management master's program is the world's first solely online, interprofessional degree in this specialty. Designed for working professionals, the master's program prepares clinicians and care managers to provide diabetes education and disease management, with a focus on pathophysiology, patient and client assessment, prevention and intervention, program development, program management and evaluation, and advocacy - all through interdisciplinary courses. Learn More>>

TC Faculty in the News
Jeffrey Henig has been quoted recently in the LA Times regarding the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and in the Miami Herald about how divisive issues of the Common Core might affect the 2016 presidential election. | Derald Wing Sue recently released a new book Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race and was interviewed on the globally-televised Thom Hartmann show about the book and the importance of discussing race (appearance begins at the 29:30 mark). | Maria Hartman, instructor and student teaching supervisor for students in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at TC, was quoted in Lohud regarding how new technologies' are majorly improving deaf education outcomes. | Dr. Carol Ewing Garber, president of the American College of Sports Medicine and professor of movement science, weighed in on wellness tips, including an easy checklist to assess your health before making important changes.


Support TC    


TC Fund: John Dewey Circle Spotlight
The TC Fund recently asked alumna Audrey Riker Vizzard (Ed.D.'59) what inspired her to increase her annual gift this year and join the John Dewey Circle of Leadership Giving.  She told us "I received an enriching educational experience at TC, which launched me into a deeply satisfying career as an educator and led to my subsequent work in the field of Clinical Psychology. I will always be grateful to TC!"

So many of our alumni echo Audrey's sentiments and tell us how they value the importance of their TC education.  TC alumni, faculty and students work hard, every day, to improve our communities with better teaching, learning and leadership. Help support the valuable work that happens at Teachers College by making your gift to the TC Fund today.  To make your annual gift, just click here.


Joy in Life and Learning:  The Ruth L. Gottesman Mathematics and Science Education Scholarship
Rajwant Sandhu has a keen appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life. A biology major as an undergraduate with a nearly perfect GPA, she loved science and was preparing for medical school. The night before taking the MCATs, Sandhu was rushed to the hospital with a heart attack. "It was totally unexpected," she reports. One month later, she suffered a stroke.

Sandhu worked hard to recover her physical abilities and lost knowledge. She underwent a heart transplant, and was  able to complete her senior year. "Now education is my passion because I saw how hard it was to regain what I knew." Sandhu, who is in TC's MA program for Science Education, is one of the first two holders of the Ruth L. Gottesman Mathematics and Science Education Scholarship. Ruth Gottesman (M.A.'52; Ed.D. '68) has been a trustee since 1990 and is the lead benefactor who established TC's Gottesman Libraries.    Read More>>


Alumni Creations

Rabbi Herbert David Teitelbaum (M.A. '50), who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965 and brought support to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union during a 1976 mission, has published his memoir, As a Mighty Stream, The Life of an American Rabbi.

Recent graduate Shana Bernabela (M.A. '14) just released her first children's book, Sparkalina, on Amazon. Shana is passionate about multicultural children's literature and providing opportunities for children of color to see themselves in the books they read.                

Are you an alumnus or alumna with published works? For consideration in a future newsletter, send information on your work to tcalumni@tc.edu, subject: Alumni Creations.

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February 3: Sachs Lecture: Professor Thomas Philip
February 4: Provost's Series Event with Dr. George Bonanno
February 5: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (*also on February 8)
February 6: Seize the Moment: Rise to the Challenge of Pre-K Conference
February 8: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
February 13-14: 32nd Winter Roundtable
February 20: Open House for Prospective Students
February 26: Scottsdale, AZ: Provost on the Road featuring Ryan Baker
February 26: San Diego, CA: Faculty on the Road featuring Brian Perkins
February 27: San Diego, CA: Alumni Reception in Conjunction with AASA
February 28: 13th Annual Metro New York Charter School Career Fair
March 3: TCCS Networking Breakfast
March 3: Sachs Lecture: Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith
March 4: Education Career Fair
March 5: School Violence Prevention & Intervention (*also on March 28)
March 6: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools:           Prevention and Intervention (*also on March 15 and March 29)
March 6-7: Seventh Annual Health Disparities Conference
March 7: 36th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (ALWC)
March 9: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (*also on March 28)
March 9-10: Making Conflict Work Workshop
March 11: Washington, DC: Alumni Reception with CIES
March 15: Just Food Conference
March 24: TC COLA presents How to Connect and Influence People Online
March 31: Sachs Lecture: Professor David Berliner
April 4: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools:            Prevention and Intervention (*also on April 18)
April 7: TCCS Networking Breakfast
April 11: Academic Festival 2015
April 15-16: Strategic Agility in Practice
April 24-26: SAVE THE DATE: ILA Conference
April 25: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (*also on April 27)
April 25: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
April 28: Sachs Lecture: Professor Lauren Anderson
May 2: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools:            Prevention and Intervention (*also on May 3 and May 30)
May 5: TCCS Networking Breakfast
May 9: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
May 14: School Violence Prevention & Intervention
June 2: TCCS Networking Breakfast
June 6: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
June 13: DASA Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools:                      Prevention and Intervention
June 28-July 18: 2015 Educators Study Tour to Japan

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Published Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015


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