John Dewey Circle

John Dewey Circle Members—alumni and friends who support TC through a yearly contribution of $1,000 or more to the TC Fund—are honored at the annual Dewey Circle Reception. >>View the 2016 photo gallery
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In Honor of Inspired Leadership

The John Dewey Circle brings together generous and loyal alumni and friends who support Teachers College through a yearly contribution of $1,000 or more to the TC Fund. These leadership gifts are a vital mainstay of our operating budget and enable the College to support its world-class faculty and exceptional students in advancing groundbreaking research and programs.

Education philosopher John Dewey, who pioneered pedagogies based on his discovery that children learn best by doing, joined TC’s faculty in 1904.

The John Dewey Circle is named for the renowned progressive educator and academic philosopher, who was a member of TC’s faculty from 1904–1930 and is one of the College’s most iconic figures. Dewey’s vision of learning through doing continues to guide the work of Teachers College.

Members of the John Dewey Circle are invited to special TC events, including the annual Dewey Circle Reception with TC President Susan Fuhrman, and witness the impact of their generosity through meetings with faculty and students. All Dewey Circle members are recognized in TC’s Annual Report.

John Dewey Circle members enjoy additional benefits at levels described below:

Circle Members: $1,000 to $4,999
Access to special online content and faculty discussions relevant to today’s issues in education, health and psychology

Scholar's Circle: $5,000 to $9,999
Enjoy all Circle Members benefits, plus a special invitation to walk with the Alumni Council at graduation each May and priority seating at commencement exercises; and the chance to meet with dissertation candidates and discuss groundbreaking research

Dean's Circle: $10,000 to $24,999
Enjoy all Scholars Circle benefits, plus dinner with the Dean and Academic Department Chairs

Trustee's Circle: $25,000 to $49,999
Enjoy all Dean’s Circle benefits, plus an invitation to a special reception with members of the Board of Trustees

President's Circle: $50,000 and Above
Enjoy all Trustee’s Circle benefits, plus dinner with President Susan Fuhrman

All contributions are tax-deductible. Giving year extends from September 1 to August 31.