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- The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST), established at Teachers College in 1990, supports restructuring efforts by documenting successful school improvement initiatives, creating reform networks to share new research findings with practitioners, and linking policy to practice. NCREST works to develop understandings that help schools become: learner-centered by focusing on the needs of learners in decisions about school organization, governance, and pedagogy; knowledge-based, by restructuring teacher learning and professional development that are supported by disciplined inquiry; and responsible and responsive, by refocusing and re-inventing accountability and assessment practices. Currently, NCREST is involved in a variety of projects including aligning curriculum and educational technology, Professional Development Schools, teacher learning, student assessment, the documentation of successful school reform efforts in elementary and secondary schools, and the development of local, state, and national policies that reflect the relationship of research and practice. Jacqueline Ancess is the director of NCREST.
- The Rita Gold Early Childhood Center serves to support and promote the growth and development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families through four inter-related practices: supportive early care and education for very young children; transdisciplinary professional preparation for students; ongoing research to improve practice and inform theory in early development, care and education for young children and families; and outreach within and beyond the Teachers College community. Located at the College, the Center provides inclusive and culturally responsive care within mixed-age groups for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years and their families who are affiliated with Columbia University. Founded in 1982 as the Center for Infants and Parents, the Center's growth and development has been supported over the years through the gifts of many kind and generous donors. We are grateful to Rita and Herbert Gold for their support of our most recent expansion. The Rita Gold Center is a resource for students across the College who are engaged in observation, teaching, and research with young children and families. Supervised practica focusing on educational and developmental issues for infants, toddlers and preschoolers are offered on site at the Center. Patrice Nichols is the on-site coordinaton
- The Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project (TCICP) supports research, teaching, and service to create educational practices that support all students to grow and thrive in their classrooms.