Academic Festival April 16, 2011 to Honor A&H Graduate Dr. Diane Ravitch and C&T Graduate, Dr. Sam Totten ☆

The following is a message about the Academic Festival from TC Alumni Director, Rosella Garcia:

“Every year, Teachers College Alumni Association honors alumni who have made significant contributions to their respective fields with the Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Awards.  This year, one of our Distinguished Alumni recipients is a graduate of the Department of Arts & Humanities: Dr. Diane Ravitch.

Dr. Ravitch received her Ph.D. from Teachers College and Columbia in 1975.  Dr. Ravitch is a well-known name in the field of education research.  From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.

From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Before entering government service, she was Adjunct Professor of History and Education at Teachers College.

Academic Festival will present the TC community with a full range of academic disciplines related to this year’s theme: Learn & Live Well: Bringing Education to the Table and we are happy to say several come from your department.  The lineup of speakers includes the new chancellor of NYC Public Schools, Cathleen P. Black, and alumni such as Dr. Ian Smith – this year’s Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ruth, Dr. Nabeel Ahmad. Drs Burton and Jeffri from A&H will present about the life cycle of artists and the effects that exposure has on alumni. Another Distinguished Alumnus Sam Totten, will present a talk on social studies and the effects of genocide in Rwanda. The day will no doubt be a treat for alumni, students and faculty.”