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February 2015 Edition


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We wish to initiate an ongoing dialogue with you in order to ensure that our graduates continue to meet your needs and expectations.  


To that end, I'm pleased to share with you this issue of TC's News You Can Use, which features recent developments in research, curriculum development, community outreach and policy analysis at Teachers College. We welcome your thoughts, and thank you for giving our graduates the opportunity to grow and flourish as education professionals and scholars.



Research & Policy



The Jury Remains Out on Teacher Tenure and the Courts: A TC conference weighs the implications of Vergara and two New York cases


The Benefits of Cultural Immersion

For TC's Fulbright scholars, an experience that changed their perspective both abroad and at home


Sign of the Times: Symposium highlights Latin America's growing mathematics prowess


As showcased at a TC symposium, math researchers, teachers and students in Latin America and the Caribbean are asserting themselves on the global stage.


Forgotten Lessons from Segregation-Era Schooling


New Center for the Analysis of Post-Secondary Readiness will study ways to improve remedial assessment and instruction


Teaching as a Team Sport: Elizabeth Green and others discuss the sharing of best practices among teachers


Speaking in TC’s Milbank Chapel this past fall, Green, author of  Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone),  anchored a panel focused on the importance of teachers sharing precisely these kinds of insights.


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TC's Henig: What the Elections Mean for Education

Jeffrey Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education and Chair of TC’s Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis,  reflects on what the changes could mean for education policy at the national, state and local levels.

Pallas in The Hechinger Report: "Governor Cuomo's Take on Teacher Tenure Wrong for New York Schools"


“Teachers across the state of New York haven’t suddenly gotten worse; rather, their students are being asked to do more.”


Trustee Urwitz in Newsday Op-Ed: "Trashing Tenure Won't Improve Teaching"


Fixing selection and retention will yield better teachers than trashing tenure


Bailey and Scott-Clayton: Free College Isn't Enough; We Need Bold, Transformative Change


President Obama's free college plan won't actually raise the number of college graduates without improvements in the way community colleges help students succeed, say two education researchers.


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Research & Policy

Multiple Factors - Not Just Mental Illness -Tied to Gun Possession By Youths

New Study Finds Multiple Factors -- Not Just Mental Illness -- Associated with Gun Possession and Violence Among Youth

Using African Literacies to Foster English Ones: Michelle Knight studies a group that assists U.S. schools to support immigrant girlss


How can U.S. high schools best help newly arrived immigrant students from Africa learn academic literacies so they can succeed and go to college?


Education Sets the Table for Healthy Eating in School


"Give a child a free lunch, and you might feed him for a day. Teach a child about healthy eating, and you feed him nutritiously for a lifetime."


TC's Koch: Lack of Education About Healthy Food Leads to Waste at Schools


"Sometimes people say it's the family and parents making choices, but it's the larger system we're in that's making this problem."


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Published Monday, Feb. 2, 2015


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