EdTPA Conference a Success, Department of Arts & Humanities Well Represented (VIDEO LINK) ☆

By Tim Ignaffo

On March 8, nearly 150 people attended a National edTPA Conference at Barnard College, a joint event co-sponsored by TC Departments Arts & Humanities, Curriculum & Teaching, and the Barnard Education Program. The conference was organized by students at Teachers College with the generous support of Department Chairs Marjorie Siegel and Ruth Vinz. The one day conference attracted many teacher educators, student teachers and researchers from numerous states. In addition to panels and lectures, the conference also provided much-needed space for an open forum to discuss and engage edTPA, a controversial national teacher licensure assessment tool aligned to standards such as the Common Core that was recently implemented in New York State.

All in all, the event was a constructive, rigorous engagement (from all sides), and produced genuine conversations over positive aspects of the reform, challenges, questions, and possibilities for new initiatives to address concerns from students, parents, and educators alike.

In particular, alumni, students and faculty from the Department of Arts and Humanities were well represented.


Maeve McNamara
Student-teacher and Masters Degree student in the Social Studies Program in the Department of Teachers College, Columbia University


Jessica Hochman, PhD (TC, Philosophy and Education)
Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute


John Browne and Kerry McKibbin (Faculty, English Ed Program)

For more videos, check out the Barnard Youtube Page or visit ourtc.wordpress.com

Timothy Ignaffo is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy and Education program, and works for the Department of Arts and Humanities