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Teachers College has received an extraordinary $11 million commitment from longtime Trustee Abby M. O'Neill. The gift reflects her passion for supporting aspiring teachers.

The United States is becoming a majority non-white nation. To truly level the playing field, non-whites will need to reclaim and recast their own narratives.

Research by Suniya Luthar, Professor of Psychology and Education, finds that the ever-escalating pressure on children to succeed has fostered an "at-risk" group afraid of falling behind.
The 2013 Teachers College TESOL summer certificate program is drawing many applicants like Joy, a successful book designer who, when she volunteered at a local literacy center, had no idea that she was taking the first step into a new career.
A small study by TC's Community College Research Center found that students retained less from online courses than from traditional ones.
On the OpEducation blog of Education Week, the Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy says increase in standards and accountability reforms have "ignored the wider process of schooling."
In an opinion piece on LoHud.com, the March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education, emeritus, writes that recent testing scandals are evidence of the misuse of standardized test scores to hold students, teachers and schools accountable.
In this year's Tisch lecture, Howell Wechsler calls on TC and other schools of education to embrace health as part of their mission
Professor Christopher Emdin and GZA, the Rap Artist from the Wu Tang Clan, demonstrate their Rap Science B.A.T.T.L.E. contest at Bronx Compass High School.
Ryan M. Allen, a master's student in Politics and Education, writes in University World News that China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan are catching up to the US and UK in educating foreign students.
The College's fifth annual conference on health disparities is highlighted by the launch of a new center and a call for a new paradigm of adapting coping to cultural differences
Work by TC's Henry Levin and colleagues is helping to create a new science
An article co-authored by Lesley Bartlett, Associate Professor of Education, has received honorable mention in the competition for the 2012 George Bereday Award, which recognizes the best article published in the journal Comparative Education Review (CER).
On WNYC's SchoolBook blog, Professor Amy Stuart Wells and doctoral student Allison Roda write that New York City shouldpursue policies that fosterintegration and cross-cultural understanding in schools.
The Commission, led by Yale and TC Professor Emeritus Edmund Gordon, called for assessments that help students accelerate learning and teachers personalize instruction.
According to research co-authored by Professor Robert Carter, black Americans may have adverse mental health effects from perceived racism
Azzarito, Associate Professor of Physical Education, says schools could use PE time to help students think critically about the messages they receive concerning body, health and physical activity.
Running a school in New Orleans or pretty much anywhere in the post-Katrina South is challenging work. TC's "SPA NOLA" program readies people for the job

Food was front and center at TC on Valentine's Day, as the College hosted a major conference on food research, policy and practice and announced its new Laurie M. Tisch for Food, Education & Policy.

As reported in Yahoo Canada, in its final report to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a blue-ribbon, federally appointed panel that includes TC's Michael Rebell has issued guidelines for closing the nation's education achievement gap.
Comprehension, memory and motivation can all improve when you engage in a little role-play — or when your Second Life avatar does
In Science magazine, Rutgers' Ravit Duncan and TC's Ann Rivet review radical proposed changes to K-12 science curricula.
At a national bullying summit held at Teachers College, educators learned that anti-bullying efforts must be embedded in teaching
The power of local school boards is fading, and control of education policy is moving toward"general-purpose government and politics," the Chair of TC's Department of Education Policy and Social Analysiswrites.
Closing underperforming schools "throws a lifeline" to kids who would otherwise receive "subpar" educations, the Visiting Professor of Practice writes in The New York Daily News
America's favorite sex therapist, who holds a PhD in Education from TC, joined NPR's "Ask Me Another" host to discuss how people's views on sex have changed over the years.
"Games are fast becoming the defining metaphor of our time," determining "how we think about, see and engage our world," the Professor of Psychology and Education writes in the Huffington Post.
At a recent TC gathering of top education researchers, the consensus was that poverty really does influence educational outcomes
An article in the August issue of Computer, co-authored by TC faculty member Sandra Okita, explores peer interactions between robots and children.
Writing in Noticias en Desarrollo, a publication of the University of the Andes, the Associate Professor of International and Transcultural Studies, writes, that "literacy, 'the great enabler,' correlates with other important capabilities."
The study guide is available for free download at EdLab site; teacher trainings offered this fall in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami
Eleanor Drago-Severson's new book presents a new model for building effective learning environments in universities and K-12 schools by attending to the different ways adults learn and grow.
Ernest Morrell, installed as President-elect of his field's leading professional organization, challenges English teachers nationwide to "reevaluate what we do, how we do it, and why it is all still necessary".
In a speech this past week, TC's Anna Neumann concludes her presidency of the Association for the Study of Higher Learning with a call for stakeholders in higher education to focus on the learning that occurs in the classroom.
Researchers led by Carol Ewing Garber and John Allegrante find that more than 7.5 hours of exercise per week is associated with an increase in depression and anxiety

Philip Saigh, Professor of Psychology and Education, has conducted 35 years of research and clinical interactions with traumatized youth, work that began during the nine years he spent at the American University of Beirut. Following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, he shares his knowledge of the long-term effects of trauma exposure.

One report, Essential Resources, focuses on educational resources to which students are constitutionally entitled. The second, Deficient Resources, documents the availability of these essential resources in 33 high-needs.
When patients relearn the seeming innate act of swallowing, their brains change -- and their lives can, too

Half a century ago, people were asking, "Is God dead?" Now TC is offering a new master's degree program in spirituality and psychology

Roy, a Professor of Economics and Education, says the study done for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, which found that school staffing grew at 2.3 times the rate of student population, is flawed because it doesn't describe the duties and responsibilities of new employees.