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Spring/Summer 2013

125 Years of Big Ideas

Volume 37, No. 2


Explore TC firsts and milestones throughout the years

This spring, when Frances Schoonmaker returns to China's Nanjing Normal University for the first time in 15 years, she'll be braced for a shock.

TC Testimonials: Alumni, friends and admirers reflect on the College

That's been the rallying cry of special-needs students throughout a century-plus of efforts to secure quality education. How far can inclusion go?

Changing the health of populations, from neighborhoods to nations, starts with finding out what's really going on in people's lives and their communities.

It takes sweat and tears to prevent bloodshed

It's a truly global classroom out there. Time for the United States to pull up a chair. It's called "learner-centered pedagogy," and since the 1970s it has been popular with some funders of education reform. Empower a group of students to work together on a project or report, the thinking goes, and they'll raise questions and own the work in ways that plain old didactic instruction could never produce.

Former TC faculty member Donna E. Shalala has served in two presidential administrations and presided over three universities. In excerpts adapted from an interview for the Teachers College Oral History Project, she reflects on an unplanned career that has given her a unique perspective on why public schools matter.

There's no single solution to the achievement gap, but a lot of solutions, together, just might do the trick.

As the scion of a great charitable family, William "Bill" Dodge Rueckert takes his obligations seriously -- especially his connection to Teachers College

A Former Scholarship Recipient Gives Back

A Pioneer of Learning Innovation Supports New Technology at TC

A founding family member acts on her belief that "education is the secret to it all"

Though bed-bound, Tom Sobol celebrates Dewey's vision of life as education

A Capitol Celebration

Alumni Focus: With World II, life at TC and beyond changed dramatically for Richard Alexander (M.A. '41). So, ultimately, did he.

Alumni Focus: David Johns (M.A. '06) has spent his life thinking about how to improve educational outcomes for African Americans. Now that's his job -- at the White House.

Alumni Focus: Saadia Khan (Ed.M.'99, Ed.D. '12) is demonstrating that emotions have a major role to play in education.

Alumni Focus: Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (Ph.D. -'78, M.A. -'68) sees herself as the latest in a line of TC civic educators. That's why she's teaching behind bars.

In the wake of the hurricane, TC helps New York City rebuild

TC's Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education (CBCSE), backed by a $500,000 grant from the federal Institute of Education Studies (IES), is making its methods widely available to other researchers.

During the past 30 years, U.S. education has become increasingly standards-driven. Are we getting anywhere?

In an essay published in the January 2013 issue of Science, Ann Rivet, TC Associate Professor of Education, called on scientists to get behind proposed new K-'"12 science education standards and advocate for their adoption by states.

As schools cut back on arts programs, parents and district leaders embrace partnerships with outside cultural organizations. But are kids really learning anything about art?

President Obama's proposal to expand early childhood programs has sparked a debate about a strategy many believe should be a national priority.

As the pendulum swings toward longer school days and years, is there a future in the concept - long championed at Teachers College - of education that occurs beyond school walls?

A TC Party of Historic Proportions

Dewey or Don't We?

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.