Teachers College, Columbia University

Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow – Saturday, April 13

Academic FestivalThe theme of Academic Festival 2013 is “Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow.”

TC’s fifth annual signature homecoming event anchors our year-long series of 125th anniversary events on campus, bringing together alumni, students and friends of the College for a day of learning, engaging and celebrating. Take part in interactive Breakout Sessions featuring alumni, students and faculty who represent all 10 of the College’s academic departments  that will explore some of the many trails we have blazed, as well as the cutting-edge work that keeps us at the forefront of change and innovation.

Teachers College is faithful to the idea of using the past to inform the future, while steadfastly committing itself to being a leader in change and innovation.

Connect with the TC Community on April 13.

Stay tuned for more information, and for all things Academic Festival, please come back to www.tc.edu/festival.

This day-long event will also feature:

  • Programming for Learners of All Ages
  • Interactive Learning Experiences
  • TC Gear Pop-Up Shop
  • Photobooth & Instagram Spots
  • EdLab Features
  • Academic Computing Resources
  • Learn more about the Alumni Council
  • Memory Lane: Share your Story
  • TC Campus Tours
  • Network Cafe: Social Media Tutorials
  • Columbia Bookstore with TC Press
  • Alumni Networking, and much more!

Tentative Schedule of Events // Saturday, April 13

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Academic Festival Registration & Check-in, Zankel Building – Main Hall

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Everett Lounge

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Academic Festival Opening Ceremony & Awards Ceremony, Joyce B. Cowin Auditorium

Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Awards: Jody Gottfried Arnhold ’73, Founder, Dance Education Lab, 92nd Street Y; Erika Himmel ’59, Professor, Department of Education, University of Chile; Susan Jay Spungin ’75, President, Blind Biz; Chong Yang Kim ’83, Chairman of the Board, Hanyang University Foundation; Bobby Susser ’87, renowned American songwriter, performer and record producer. The Early Career Award Recipients are Sarah Bolson Barnett ’09, Associate Vice President for Foundation Relations at The New York Botanical Garden and (posthumously) Sreyashi Jhumki Basu ’03, ’04, ’06 former professor of Science Education at New York University.

President’s Medal of Excellence: Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (PhD ’78)

Keynote Address: “Educational Scholarship, Past, Present, and Future: Lawrence Cremin’s Legacy to Teachers College” featuring Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (PhD ’78), moderated by Tom James, Provost & Dean of the College and Professor of History and Education, with Robbie McClintock (PhD ’68), Emeritus Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education; and Amy Stuart Wells (PhD ’92), Professor of Sociology and Education

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Morning Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I

12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, Grace Dodge Dining Hall

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Plenary Session: Teachers College: The Next Generation featuring TC Faculty:

Karen Froud, Associate Professor of Speech & Language Pathology and Director, Neurocognition of Language Lab; Joey J. Lee, Assistant Professor of Technology and Education; Lisa Miller, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Clinical Psychology

Teachers College stands tall as the oldest and largest school of education in the country, consistently ranked as one of the top education research institutions in the world. Often recognized for our ongoing cutting-edge research on learning, we are on the verge of major breakthroughs in cognitive science, neuroscience, and technology that will transform education and learning as we know it. As the only school of education with faculty and students collaborating across multiple disciplines under one set of gabled roofs, TC is leading this great transformation through the development of new curricula, new technologies, and new ways of preparing educators. Join us for this special presentation that will spotlight just a handful of our faculty who are leading the way.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Afternoon Break

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Closing Networking Reception, Zankel Building – Main Hall

A full list of speakers and sessions is coming soon! Here’s just a sampling of some:

The Creative Task Ahead of Us: Celebrating Progressive Education at Teachers College moderated by David Hansen, Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education and Director, Program in Philosophy and Education; featuring Megan Laverty, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education; Darryl De Marzio (PhD ’07), Assistant Professor of Education at Scranton University; Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd, TC Doctoral candidate, and Jahsee Pickering, TC MA candidate in Philosophy and Education

Educators the world over would agree that no true education hall of fame would be complete without John Dewey, William Heard Kilpatrick, George Counts, Philip Phenix, Jonas Soltis, and Maxine Greene, all of whom have served on TC’s faculty. These pioneering philosophers of education have helped make Teachers College a leader in progressive education. Come learn about their continuing worldwide legacy from faculty and students associated with the College’s historic Philosophy and Education Program and learn, too, why great philosophical ideas can live on for generations, sustaining us in the creative task that always before us: realizing the promise of education.

Psychology Without Borders: Providing Hope and Healing in the Face of Adversity – a TC Psychology Roundtable featuring Lena Verdeli, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; George Bonanno, Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical Psychology; and Claudia Cohen, Lecturer and Associate Director, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution

Putting oneself in another’s shoes is a vital starting point for psychologists, counselors and mediators all across the globe. Join us as we examine how situations ranging from peace negotiations to working with individuals traumatized by disasters or epidemics begin with an awareness of cultural differences and differing life circumstances.

Leading the Way: Higher Ed in the 21st Century moderated by Susan Fuhrman (PhD ’77), President of Teachers College, and featuring Joel Bloom (EdD ’78), President of New Jersey Institute of Technology; Mildred Garcia (EdD ’87), President of California State University, Fullerton; Marcia Keizs (EdD ’84), President of York College and Regina Peruggi (EdD ’91), President of Kingsborough Community College

Institutions of Higher Education stand at an historic crossroads as they confront a fast changing global environment and the need to continuously reinvent themselves in order to remain relevant and meet the needs of students. To survive, colleges and universities must identify effective leaders who are willing to be innovative and creative. Hear how TC alumni will help pave the way.

Contemporary Approaches to Watercolor taught by Sarah Fantuzzo, figurative painter, will draw inspiration from two very different artists who both used the watercolor medium – Eva Hesse and TC alumna, Georgia O’Keeffe – as we experience the lovely and versatile properties of painting transparently with pigment and water. Color, composition, and design will be thoughtfully considered as we explore the medium through warm-up exercises and create several small-scale works. (Limit: 20 people)

Behind the Scenes at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders presented by Kathleen Youse, Clinic Director; Elise Wagner, Assistant Clinic Director; Bernadine Gagnon (MS ’01), Chief Clinical Supervisor; Lindsay Milgram (MS ’06), Clinical Instructor; and Georgia Malandraki, Dysphagia Research Clinic Director

The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate training program in Speech and Language Pathology at TC, offering a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders. Learn more from the Clinic faculty and staff about the impact this work makes in our communication-driven world.

Shaping the Children’s Media Landscape: In the ‘Thinking Chair’ with Creator and Executive Producer Angela Santomero (MA ’95) and Educator and Researcher Alice Wilder (EdD ’98) for kids ages 2 to 6 years and the kid in all of us.

Come meet the makers of “Blue’s Clues”, “Super Why!”, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”, and “Speakaboos”! Through video screenings, discussion and a Q&A session, learn more about your favorite friends and the lessons they have to share with you.

The Changing Face of Leadership moderated by Caryn Block, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, featuring Kevin Jennings (MA ’94), Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation; David Johns (MA ’06), Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans; Danielle Moss-Lee (EdD ’06), CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York; and Joianne Pyram, TC MA candidate

Learn about the growing range of diversity in the workforce, workplace, community and marketplace, and find out about new perspectives representing the LGBT community, people with disabilities and those from different faiths. How can leaders help create inclusive communities?

There’s a New TA in Town: Learning with Robots & Avatars moderated by John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications & Education and Chair of TC’s Department of Human Development Director Institute for Learning Technologies, featuring specialists in Robots: David VanEsselstyn (PhD ’01), Director of UX & Design at Wireless Generation and founder of Brooklyn Robot Foundry; Carol Lu (MA ’07), TC Doctoral candidate; and Avatars: Xin Bai (EdD ’08), Assistant Professor at York College and CUNY; and Saadia Khan (EdD ’12), Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

Explore how robots, virtual world avatars and animated agents assist teachers and help students learn in a variety of content areas.

The Art of Computers: Photoshop Basics taught by Nina Edwards, graphic illustrator and designer

Learn how to use Photoshop to scan, edit and retouch photos. Create graphics from your pictures, sketches or doodles in this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own photos and artwork to work on. All levels are welcome. (Limit 12 students per session; also offered in Concurrent Sessions III)

Primary Elements – Building a Successful Legacy of Primary Grade Science presented by Jacquelyn Duran (MPhil ’09), Director of Enrichment and Outreach Services at The Hollingworth Center; Michele Damiano (MA ’07), Co-Director of the Summer Science Program for Children; and Lisa Wright (EdD ’87), Director of The Hollingworth Center

STEM opportunities are essential in the early years. For the past two decades The Hollingworth Center has created a developmentally appropriate and inquiry-based science program for primary-grade children. TC alums immersed in this dynamic experience take on the role of lead teacher, mentoring current TC graduate students who participate in an in situ clinical intensive. Over 600 graduate students have honed their science pedagogy and carried this experience with them into urban classrooms.

You Can Get There From Here: Pathways to Wellness moderated by John Allegrante, Deputy Provost, and featuring Carol Garber, Associate Professor of Movement Sciences and Director; Stephen Silverman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences; Debra Wein (MS ’94), President, Wellness Workdays

Join us as we explore a variety of approaches to physical and emotional well-being and the implications of emerging research in movement science.

WeBop!, developed by Lori Custodero, Associate Professor of Music Education, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will be presented for the fifth year in a row at Academic Festival. This early-childhood jazz education program is for children, ages 8 months to 5 years, and their parents/caregivers.

Honored by New York Magazine as the city’s Best Music Class of 2012, WeBop! teaches the elements of jazz—including instrumental technique, rhythms, soloing, improvisation—to children. This creative outlet allows parents and children to explore jazz and express themselves together.

Dr. Ruth Before Sex: A Story of Reinvention and SurvivalHope Leichter, Elbenwood Professor of Education will interview her long-time colleague and friend, Dr. Ruth Westheimer (EdD ’70), world-renowned sex therapist

As a survivor of the Holocaust, Dr. Ruth has devoted her life to creating a better and happier world. And what a life it has been. After escaping Nazi Germany in 1939 through the kindertransport, Dr. Ruth lived in Switzerland and then Israel, where she joined the Zionist movement and became a trained sniper. She came to the United States and embarked on a teaching career that led her first into the public health field and then to fame as the world’s best-known sex therapist and speaker and author on sex education. She is now featured in a British documentary series, “Extraordinary Women,” alongside such cultural icons as Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel.

All the Right Moves: Learning with Gestural Mobile Devices moderated by John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications & Education and Chair of TC’s Department of Human Development, as well as Director Institute for Learning Technologies, featuring Nabeel Ahmad (EdD ’09), Learning Developer, IBM and TC adjunct; Ayelet Segal (PhD ’01), Founder and CEO, iGeneration; Michael Swart (MA’01), TC Doctoral Research Fellow; and Ilya Lyashevsky, TC Doctoral candidate, Director of Mobile and Web Development, Broadcastr, Inc.

Keyboards and touchscreens are fast becoming a thing of the past. Explore how innovative interfaces on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones can be used to increase student learning, understanding and motivation.

More Than Words: Expanding Access to Literacy and Learning with New Media and Technologies moderated by Marjorie Siegel, Department Chair, Curriculum & Teaching and Professor of Education, featuring Srikala Naraian, Assistant Professor of Education and Yen Yen Woo (EdD ’04), creator of “Dim Sum Warriors”

In today’s networked world, literacy involves more than reading and writing print. New media and technologies utilize multimodal texts that combine words, images, sound and movement. The ease with which such texts can be created and distributed allows for students with disabilities and others who find it challenging to read and write printed English to successfully participate in the digital world.

The Use and Abuse for Educational Planning in Developing Countries featuring Mark Ginsburg, Visiting Professor

Developing countries face various challenges when building Educational Management Information Systems, which are necessary to improve planning, organizational efficiencies, data collection and analysis, information sharing, as well as transparency in the education sector. This talk will take a look at how some national ministry staff and sub-national educational administrators have used, abused, and ignored data to inform policy and practice decisions while implementing education systems in their countries.

Learning Laboratory: Modeling Preschool Education presented by Heather Pinedo-Burns (MA ’05), Director of Hollingworth Preschool; Elizabeth Carlson (PhD ’90), Lead Teacher at Hollingworth Preschool; and Marisa Chin-Calubaquib, TC Doctoral candidate, Lead Teacher at Hollingworth Preschool

In the tradition of Lab Schools, TC’s Hollingworth Preschool leads the way for Preschool Education in the 21st Century. Early childhood education remains at the forefront of education reform. Adding to this discourse, the mission of Hollingworth Preschool is dual: to provide child-responsive early childhood education and to offer a vision of best practices based in reflexive pedagogy through mentorship of graduate students. At the heart of this work are the pedagogical moves of the teachers who weave together theory and practice through the enactment of curriculum.

The Kids Cook Today is a cooking demonstration for adults and kids ages 6 and up led by Pam Koch (EdD ’00), Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy

Put the fun in the fundamentals of healthy cooking. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen is the first step in teaching them how to make healthy choices about nutrition. They will find out that what’s good for them – and good for the planet – can taste good, too.




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