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Bringing new direction to the humanities: Suzanne Choo wins International Award for Excellence  ☆

"The beautiful is the symbol of the morally good.” Upon first reading this statement by Immanuel Kant, Suzanne Choo, PhD candidate in English Education, was haunted by the desire to discover Kant’s meaning. Finding his words paradoxical in light of violent acts that have been committed by those with close engagements with art and literature, …

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Masterclass and the Importance of Mentoring Across Disciplines  ☆

“Do young artists need older practitioners to look at them with something benign, giving them permission to try? Yes, yes, that’s essential,” remarks Bill T. Jones, on the importance of mentoring. The Tony award-winning choreographer is a member of a cluster of great artists (including Placido Domingo, Frank Gehry and Edward Albee) who mentored select …

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Racial Literacy Roundtables: Seeing & Hearing Multiple Perspectives 

Facilitated by Noah Gordon, Brooke Schechner, and Zara Zuckerman (MA students, English Education) with sponsorship from Assistant Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (English Education), Racial Literacy Roundtables seek to foster open dialogue about race, language differences, and other important issues in urban education. The discussions provide a respectful and supportive community in which participants feel comfortable sharing …

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Beyond Belief  ☆

When TC’s Professor Margaret Crocco of the Social Studies program began working on a study guide for the 2007 award-winning documentary, Beyond Belief, she quickly realized her team would have to perform a balancing act in order to complete the project. The challenge: to present the material about a film set in Afghanistan in such …

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Creativity Brown Bag 

How does creativity factor into the teaching of TESOL and Applied Linguistics? What about Social Studies or Technology? Professor Lori Custodero sat down with faculty from all over the college for two brown bag lunch discussions, on March 3rd and March 31st, to talk about the role of creativity in education and research across multiple …

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Spotlight on Alumni: Keith Frome  ☆

Keith Frome, a TC Philosophy and Education alumnus (EdD, 1994), is quick to recognize how the material he studied and techniques he acquired while at TC are woven into the work he does today. The Head of the King Center Charter Middle School in Buffalo, New York; co-founder of one of the largest college access …

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Spotlight on Alumni: Rosie Frascella  ☆

Rosie Frascella was a TC Peace Corps Teaching Fellow in 2001 and graduated with a TESOL degree in 2009. She teaches seniors at the International High School at Prospect Heights (in Brooklyn, NY). She teaches English and Literature, plus a History class. She's a member of NYCoRE, a collective of radical educators. She got involved …

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Being an Outreach Fellow 

The topic of teaching and learning is no less difficult when it comes to philosophy. And we ‘volunteers’ (a felicitous title!) at the Philosophy Outreach ponder these questions with the effect of, well, leading to further puzzlement. Recall that Socrates, too, expresses doubt about whether virtue could be taught—though interestingly he does not express a …

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The Philosophy Outreach Program: One Year Later, Many Steps Ahead 

It has been a year since The Gazette last checked in with the Philosophy Outreach Program, a trailblazing project designed to engage high school students in philosophical discourse. Much has transpired in the past twelve months; Fueled by a second Squire Foundation grant, support from the Office of the Provost, the Department of Arts …

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Finland: An Unanticipated Paradise 

Right now, Finland and its educational system are enjoying their time in the sun. Bolstered by the attention of progressive educators (see Samuel E. Abram’s January 2011 New Republic article, ‘The Children Must Play’) and sky high PISA scores, the nation is portrayed as an educational utopia where children thrive and teachers are afforded the …

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Spotlight on Alumni: Erik Holmgren  ☆

Recently, the Gazette talked with Erik Holmgren, TC alum and Education Director of the Abreu Fellows Program about his career path, the power of music, and the visionary global movement that he is a part of.

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At the Interface Between Research and Practice: Professor ZhaoHong Han  ☆

With her ongoing research, publications, and teaching, Dr. ZhaoHong Han, Associate Professor of Language and Education, is at the forefront of the interface between research and practice. A strong belief in the importance of using research to inform teaching drives her professional interests and accomplishments, resulting in continuous contributions to the field of Second Language …

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Creativity, Imagination and Innovation in Education Symposium  ☆

With a philosophy firmly rooted in the belief that creativity is essential in all disciplines and knowledge-oriented societies, The Department of Arts and Humanities will host the Creativity, Imagination and Innovation in Education Symposium this April 28th and 29th at Teachers College. Aimed at both practitioners and scholars, the symposium will explore these concepts in …

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“You Need to be an Arts Advocate” – SAA Wins Video Contest 

In conjunction with their 50th Anniversary, Americans for the Arts invited arts advocates to participate in a video contest in which contestants would express their answer to the question, “Why do the arts matter?” Of the many inspirational and creative submissions, TC’s own Student Advocates for the Arts has been honored as the winners of …

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Creativity, Play, and the Imagination Across Disciplines 

This May, Teachers College will be host to an exciting forum for educators, artists, scholars, and game-makers to come together and share their ideas for how creativity, imagination, and play can inspire new ways of thinking in a broad array of domains. Creativity, Play, and the Imagination Across the Disciplines will be held May 26-28 …

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Merging Research and Practice: Professor Michael Kieffer  ☆

Michael Kieffer, Assistant Professor of Language and Education for the TESOL and Applied Linguistics programs, is making a difference in public schools across the United States. His research, which primarily focuses on the literacy development of English language learners in K-12 schools, is an outstanding example of work that both informs and is informed by …

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Ellen Livingston Unites Jazz and Democracy  ☆

The Inception Ellen Livingston, Instructor for the Social Studies Education program, is the primary author of an exciting new curriculum recently released by the Arts and Humanities Department in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Documentary Group; Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy brings two cornerstones of American …

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Researching Creativity 

Four doctoral students in Arts and Humanities have been busy doing fascinating research in the areas of creativity and education. They took some time to tell us about what they’re working on.

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Re-assessing the Creativity Gap: How an Education for Critical and Creative Thinking has Extended from One New York School District to a Global Initiative 

On November 15, 2010 in Horace Mann 152, Dr. Suzanne Choo, Dr. Alison Villanueva, and Dr. Deb Sawch, all PhDs holding in English Education, will present an eight-month long study in a top-performing New York school district (Westchester County) involving five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Using video shots from actual …

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Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz: Creating Spaces to Discuss Waiting for Superman  ☆

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of English Education, has taken on a task both important and exciting: facilitating critical engagement with the film Waiting for Superman in schools of education. Waiting for Superman, a documentary by Davis Guggenheim, is a sharp and moving critique of the public education system in the US. Premiering nationally on September …

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