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Get Involved! Opportunities for Students in MST

The following events, labs, workshops, and centers are open to MST students. Please see the contact information for more details. In alphabetical order:

Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies

Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies-Co-sponsored by CMLTD and ITS

The Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies (CMLL) conducts and disseminates research on how different languages and literacies can be used as resources to advance human development, education, and intercultural understanding. CMLL also promotes dialogue across societies and groups through lectures, conferences, and the Internet. In addition, it supports educators in using research to inform practice. CMLL's work is elaborated in the context of a world characterized by greater flows of people, information, goods and services within and across national boundaries. The Center is distinctive because of its emphasis on international and transcultural societies and its attention to educational systems, including schools, families, religious institutions, community centers, workplace, and media. CMLL is led by Prof. Lalitha Vasudevan (Director) of the MST Department and Prof. Nicholas Limerick (Associate Director) of the ITS Department. For more information about CMLL, please visit


Center for Technology and School Change

Center for Technology and School Change-CMLTD

‌The Center for Technology and School Change (CTSC) is committed to the creation of innovative learning environments for all students. Recognizing technology as a catalyst for transforming instruction, the Center engages in research and practice to reimagine approaches to equitable education in the digital age. Some core values of the Center include: (1) Championing opportunities for students to be at the center of their own learning and leveraging digital tools that enable teachers to facilitate student inquiry; (2) Leading research that informs the transformative use of technology in existing and emerging practices; (3) Engaging teachers as designers of student-centered, authentic learning experiences; and (4) Informing policy through dialogue with key stakeholders to address the dynamic needs of today's schools, teachers, and students. For more information about the CTSC, please visit


The Civic Participation Project (CPP)

Civic Participation Project (CPP)-TC

CPP at Teachers College is an interdisciplinary hub for bringing together participatory work going on campus wide. CPP’s co-directors are Drs. Lalitha Vasudevan (CMLTD), Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (English Education), and Laura Smith (Counseling Psychology). At its heart, CPP invites the community to ask: Can academic scholarship become a force that promotes the broad access of all citizens to social platforms, opportunities, and resources? As a contemporary exemplar of the College’s historic commitments to inclusion, CCP’s aim is to demonstrate that the answer is yes. This question and its answer are unmistakably aspirational, but they are not merely so. The aims of CPP are premised in specific elements of the work that it does and the events that it organizes, yet it also connects both concretely and philosophically to conceptions of authentic inclusive democracy. For more information about how CPP both conceptualizes and implements inclusive democracy through its events, please visit


First Fridays

First Fridays - TC Student Affairs

First Fridays is a new initiative open to all TC students that has been created to support and promote student development through conference-style workshops, sessions, and panels. It is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and in collaboration with the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Doctoral Studies, Career Services, the Registrar's Office, the Office of International Services, and the Gottesman Libraries. Previous First Friday Sessions have included writing literature reviews, writing personal statements for doctoral applications and job searches, preparing for conference presentations, and publishing conference and course papers. For more information about First Fridays, please contact Dr. Felicia Mensah, Associate Dean and Professor of Science Education, at

 Games Research Lab-CMLTD

Faculty and students in the CMLTD Program Games Research Lab (GRL) design, develop and study games and game-like experiences for social and educational impact. We seek to learn more about games, virtual reality, augmented reality and related areas in terms of their learning affordances and opportunities for instruction and persuasion, along with the development of various 21st century skills like creativity, systems thinking, collaboration and identity change. The Games Research Lab is both a community of game scholars, designers, and researchers and a physical lab. People affiliated with the lab community have broad-ranging interests, including human cognition, training, computer science education, and social change. The lab itself has hundreds of resources that support the study of video games, including both tabletop and digital games for teaching and learning, games for social change, advanced hardware such as VR headsets, game creation tools, and many games-related books. The Games Research Lab is open to all Teachers College, Columbia University students and practicing researchers in the field. For more information and lab open hours, please visit:


Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College

Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College (JMETC)-Mathematics Education

The Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College (JMETC) is a scholarly publication offered by the Mathematics Education program. Throughout the year, JMETC announces calls for papers, reviewers, and editor nominations. For more information about JMETC, its opportunities, and its past issues, please visit



Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab)-CMLTD

MASCLab is envisioned as a hub for multimodal and digital scholarship that explores the relationship between media and social change. The lab supports (1) media creation intended to spark social change, (2) curation of and critical engagement with media through the lens of its impact on society, (3) research and scholarship that investigates how media and society influence each other, multimedia-based research methodologies, and (4) the development of pedagogy that uses media to foster engagement. The lab meets in Horace Mann 46A. All TC community members are welcome. For more information about MASCLab and its upcoming events, please visit


MASCLab Writing Group

MASCLab Writing Group-CMLTD

The MASCLab Writing Group is a monthly initiative aiming to provide a helpful collaborative space where students and faculty discuss the process of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, from beginning to end, while sharing their works in progress and receiving feedback from the group. Topics include identifying valuable research questions, building scholarly arguments, finding appropriate publication venues, and going through the revise & resubmit process. The aim of the group is for everyone to have a journal article or conference paper ready for submission by the end of the academic year. For more information, please contact Professor Ioana Literat of the CMLTD Program at


Snow Day Learning Lab-CMLTD

Snow Day Learning Lab-CMLTD

The Snow Day Learning Lab is the research group and design laboratory of Dr. Nathan Holbert. Its primary goal is to research and to understand how children make sense of their world through play. To that end, the lab makes and studies games, toys, and technologies that offer children opportunities to experience and explore personally interesting phenomena, while furthering the field's understanding of cognition. For more information about the Snow Day Learning Lab, please visit


STEAM Garage


STEAM Garage offers the opportunity for all students in CMLTD to engage in designing, building, and evaluating how artifacts can become an interesting and entertaining learning tool in the STEAM subject areas (and beyond). This year, we are planning to hold some workshops (i.e., “Playing with Raspberry Pi”), small projects, and brainstorming sessions. It is located in Thorndike 50A (next to the Games Research Lab). Please email if you have any questions.

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