Academic Festival 2014

Schedule of Events

Below you will find an agenda with the activities available to you. For more information regarding the speakers and sessions, please visit our Speakers and Agenda pages.

Please note, that this information is subject to change and will be updated if speakers change, but a final list of speakers will be available in your official program on the day of the event.

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  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • 8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Registration and Check In
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Academic Festival Opening Ceremony with Awards Presentation & Keynote
    Academic Festival Opening Ceremony featuring the Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture on Education and Policy by Carmen Fariña titled "The First 100 Days".
    Keynotes:
     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Morning Break
     

    Concurrent sessions I

    11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Exploring Education in Africa

    Teachers College faculty, alumni and students have all contributed to the College’s well-deserved reputation around the world for research and programs supporting educational development. This session’s panelists will share their current projects and visions for the future of education in Africa.

    Kate Parry (Ed.D. ’86), co-founder and director of the Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda joins fellow panelists Samantha Basile (M.A. ’11), founder of the Mama Project in Rwanda; and Whitney Warner, a TC Master’s candidate originally from Liberia who prepared a subsector review of Liberia’s education system; for a panel discussion moderated by Peter Moock (Ph.D. ’73).

    Related topics: International Education

     Optional 
    11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Micro-Organisms with Mega Impact

    O. Roger Anderson, Professor of Natural Sciences at Teachers College, Senior Research Scientist in Biology and Paleoecology at Columbia University is a 50-year teaching veteran and will present a lecture and overview of the Science Education program at TC. Anderson will focus on land and sea microbes, exploring their role in the Global Climate, as well as the Challenge of Public Science Literacy. Uncovering the major biologically driven chemical changes on the Earth played by these ubiquitous single-celled microbes, Anderson will convey how carbon compounds, especially carbon dioxide and its many interactions with living things and the atmosphere surrounding the Earth, are producing major changes in the climate system. He will also explore the seminal role of knowledge networks and the importance of public understanding for effective science learning and its application in higher-order thinking and decision-making.

    Related topics: Science Education, K-12

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Moving through Life

    Movement has the power to change and enhance lives. This session will present movement programming (exercise, dance, fitness, therapeutic movement) in different stages of life - spanning infancy and early childhood through adulthood.  Learn about research that demonstrates how an active lifestyle can improve health and well being. Experience and/or view video clips of Eddy's movement curricula for coping with challenges as diverse as attention deficit, cancer, bullying and school violence. Consider the policy work necessary to encourage more physical activity in education and in health settings. 

    Martha Eddy (Ed.D. ’99), exercise physiologist, movement therapist, and dance educator; designs fitness programs for specialized health needs.

    Related topics: Movement Science, Health

     Optional 
    11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Pushing Buttons: Activist NY (Kid Friendly)

    Have you ever thought that something wasn’t fair and that you wanted to change it? Create your own button that expresses a view or idea about a cause that is important to you. After making your own button, visit the exhibition Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York to learn how New Yorkers have fought for change over the past 350 years.

    Maggie Bordonaro (daughter of a TC alumna) will lead this interactive and fun-filled session. Kids ages 6 and up are welcome! (MCNY will be providing Free Admission on Saturday to anyone with a Festival Nametag.)

    Related topics: Arts, Activism, Social Studies, NYC

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Teaching for All: Moving Teachers, Classrooms, and Schools towards Inclusivity

     

    2014 Early Career Award Recipient Eric Shyman (Ed.D. ’09) will join Celia Oyler, Professor of Education, and co-director of Teachers College’s Inclusive Classrooms Project (TCICP); Sarah Leah Schlessinger (Ed.D. '14), Lecturer; as well as two educators from the TCICP: Xochitl Garcia and Lincoln Smith, to highlight facets of inclusive classrooms and explore inclusive practices.
     
    Inclusive education benefits all children, both those with and without disabilities. Research shows that inclusive education leads to significantly better post education opportunities for students with disabilities. The programs in inclusive education at Teachers College are preparing teachers to teach all children. TC's Inclusive Classrooms Project works with teachers and schools throughout the metro area and conduct research on how teachers learn to teach more inclusively.

     

    Related topics: Elementary Inclusive Education

     Optional 
    11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
    When Women Take the Lead

    This panel will address the challenges women face as more run corporations, institutions and nonprofits; advances in understanding the science of leadership; and the most effective leadership styles across multiple industries. Taking cues from Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, author of the recent bestseller Lean In and President of Barnard College, Debora Spar, author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, panelists will consider leadership from the vantage point of what women can do, rather than what they can’t, and how we can all work together to create a more just and egalitarian world.

    Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. ’77), President, Teachers College; Gayle Allen (Ed.D. '08), Chief Learning Officer & Director of BrightBytes Labs; ret Major General Irene Trowell-Harris (Ed.D. ’83), Director, Center for Women Veterans, Ayanna Hill-Gill (M.A. '03), Head of School, Purnell School and Katie Conway (Ed.D. '12), Adjunct Assistant Professor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Teachers College.

    Related topics: Leadership, Gender Studies

     Optional 
    12:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon

    In honor of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award Honorees


     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
    TC Faculty Showcase

    The afternoon Plenary Session highlights three TC Faculty working in some of our cutting-edge arenas:

    • Learning Analytics: The Power of Data by Ryan Baker, Associate Professor of Cognitive Studies in Education;
    • Robots as Learning Partners by Sandra Okita, Assistant Professor of Technology and Education;
    • Thinking with the Body and the World by Barbara Tversky, Professor of Psychology and Education
     
     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Afternoon Break
     

    Concurrent Sessions II

    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    WeBop (Kid Friendly)

    WeBop is an early-childhood jazz education program which invites families to stomp, strut and swing to the joyous rhythms of jazz as they learn about the core concepts, instruments, and great performers of jazz with their parents or caregivers. The class offers a creative outlet for children to explore jazz through movement, songs, storytelling and play. Webop is produced in collaboration with Lori Custodero, Associate Professor of Music Education. For parents and kids ages 8 months to 5 years.


    Presented by Patrice E. Turner (Ed.D. ’09) and accompanied by Adam Platt

    Related topics: Music Education, Elementary Education
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Envisioning the Future of Arts Administration
    Join current students and a panel of ARAD Alums for a lively afternoon of conversation and best practice exchange. The guided discussion will explore strategies that current arts leaders are using to navigate their organizations through the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.  The panel will be moderated by second year Arts Admin student, Pearl Kermani.

     Presented by Morgan Arenson (MA '12), The Whitney Museum, Manager of Foundation and Government Relations, Daniel Gallant (MA '04), Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poet's Café, Eugenia Han (M.A. '12), Media Producer, Brand and Audience Development  at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Vasso Giannopoulos (MA '11), National Design Awards Manager at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
    Moderator:
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Perkins Platform Presents: 10 Lessons from New York City Schools (Part 1 of 2)
    The Perkins Platform will feature this lively and illuminating conversation about New York City’s public schools that will focus on NYC’s educational successes and failures, the Bloomberg agenda and its impact, the Common Core roll out, privatization, charters, assessment, teacher quality, and what future direction lies ahead for our schools. With nearly a century of expertise between them, they will also offer words of wisdom and caution for the de Blasio administration. The Perkins Platform will be broadcasting this discussion live from Academic Festival. Q&A and a book-signing will take place in the second half.

    Eric Nadelstern (M.A. ’73), Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University and the former Deputy Chancellor of the Division of School Support and Instruction for the NYC DOE will be interviewed by Liz Willen, Director, The Hechinger Institute and Editor of The Hechinger Report. Brian Perkins (Ed.D. '97), TC faculty member and Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program, will host this session as a part of The Perkins Platform radio show.

    Related topics: Policy, EPSA, Education Leadership, K-12, NYC

     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Spirituality in Action: Realizing a More Loving World

    Religious leaders, scholars and activists will discuss their views on spirituality, faith and social activism and share their personal experiences on the importance and impact that comes from living your faith.

    Moderated by Lisa Miller, Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology and Director, Spirituality and Mind-Body Institute; featuring the Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown, CT; Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, monk, lecturer and the first-ever Hindu chaplain for Columbia University and the Reverend Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. 

    Related topics: Spirituality, Psychology, Activism

    Moderator:
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Student Driver: Taking Back the Admissions Process
    This all alumni panel will focus on advice to empower high school students to take more initiative in their own college admissions process.

    Tom Rock (Ed.D. ’02), Associate Dean, Office of Enrollment Services, Teachers College; Jennifer Fondiller (M.A. ’89), Dean of Enrollment Management; Assistant Dean of the College, Barnard College; Diane McKoy (M.E. '02), Senior Associate Director of Admissions; Director of Staff and Professional Development, Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; Eric Furda (M.A. ’94), Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania. 

    Related topics: Higher Education
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    The M3 Project: Math Movement and Mobile Games

    Teachers College and WNET, New York's flagship public media provider, have received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop prototypical mobile games to teach fractions to children ages 8-11 years old. Drawing on TC research,  the mobile apps use gesture movements on tablets and smartphones to give kids a better feel for fractions, while using motivating characters, settings and stories related to WNET’s Emmy Award-winning Cyberchase TV show (e.g., powering robots to save penguins on an ice planet).

    John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications and Education at Teachers College and Director of TC's Institute of Learning Technologies, Principal Investigator for the project, will moderate this panel featuring Michael Swart (M.A. ’11), TC Doctoral Student; Ben Friedman, TC Doctoral Student; Sandra Sheppard, WNET Director of Children's and Educational Media, Kristin DiQuollo, Multimedia Producer, Cyberchase, THIRTEEN/WNET and Alice Wilder (Ed.D. '98), Educator and Researcher.

    Related topics: Human Development and MST

    Moderator:
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    The Way Forward: Interventions to Promote Motor Skill Learning

    This session will showcase recent advances in developing interventions to promote motor skill learning for children and adults with neurological conditions.  Mr. Ferre will present his doctoral work on the efficacy of intensive, home-based bimanual interventions for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Dr. Andrew Gordon will discuss his exciting research on the effects of intensive practice on improving upper extremity function in children with cerebral palsy.  Dr. James Gordon will share his insights into future directions in the field, and will lead an interactive discussion on the advances in motor learning research and implications for clinical practice.

    2014 Distinguished Alumnus Jim Gordon (Ed.D. ’85), Professor and Associate Dean, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California will join Andy Gordon, Professor in and Coordinator of the Movement Science Program at TC, and 5th year doctoral student, Claudio Ferre for a lively discussion on Motor Learning. 

    Related topics: Movement Sciences, Biobehavioral Sciences

     Optional 
    4:30 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Afternoon Break II
     

    Concurrent Sessions III

    4:45 PM  -  5:45 PM
    Add Some SKIP! To Your Step (Kid Friendly)
    This participatory workshop experience will introduce participants to SKIP!, a school and home-based curriculum designed for young children accompanied by adult caregiver. SKIP! aims to increase physical activity and improve motor skills in young children through dance-based movement. Creative movement allows for children of various developmental ages and adults to participate in physical activity simultaneously and teaches adults and children to play with each other in a physically active manner. Children and adults will learn about the importance of physical activity and ways to be active and be inspired to keep moving! Young children (4 years and under) accompanied by an adult or adults without children are invited to attend this enjoyable, creative experience. Clothing and footwear (or stocking feet) suitable for movement are recommended.

    Presented by Carol Ewing Garber, Associate Professor and Director of the Applied Physiology program at Teachers College, Columbia University, Aston K. McCullough, TC Doctoral candidate and Christina Salgado, TC Master’s candidate

    Related Topics: Movement Science, Health, Biobehavioral Sciences
     Optional 
    4:45 PM  -  5:45 PM
    Building Communities Through Public Art
    The panel discussion relates to the recent art exhibition Doing and Undergoing that celebrated the anniversary of Teachers College. It explores art as a tool for learning and an instigator for community building. Going beyond the institutional setting, the 5 panelists will investigate the effects that public art can have on communities and their behavior. 


    Lynda Hallmark (moderator) and project manager Doing and Undergoing, TC doctorate student; Robert Gero, curator Doing and Undergoing, Assistance Professor, SUNY Old Westbury; Victoria Marsick, TC professor; Helidon Gjergji, artist; and Reina Shibata, deputy director of Percent for Art will discuss “Doing and Undergoing” the multi-media art exhibition that took place on campus during the 125th anniversary. 


    Related topics: Art, Art Education
    Moderator:
     Optional 
    4:45 PM  -  5:45 PM
    Healthy Cooking for Pint-sized Chefs (Kid Friendly)
    In this Cooking Demo, kids ages 6 and up will have the chance to once again fire up the stoves and shine a spotlight on simple ways to get more whole foods and local produce into their diets.

     Lead by Pam Koch (Ed.D. ’00), Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy

     Related topics: Nutrition
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    4:45 PM  -  5:45 PM
    Perkins Platform Presents: 10 Lessons from New York City Schools (Part 2 of 2)

     

    The Perkins Platform will feature this lively and illuminating conversation about New York City’s public schools that will focus on NYC’s educational successes and failures, the Bloomberg agenda and its impact, the Common Core roll out, privatization, charters, assessment, teacher quality, and what future direction lies ahead for our schools. With nearly a century of expertise between them, they will also offer words of wisdom and caution for the de Blasio administration. The Perkins Platform will be broadcasting this discussion live from Academic Festival. Q&A and a book-signing will take place in the second half.

    Eric Nadelstern (M.A. ’73), Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University and the former Deputy Chancellor of the Division of School Support and Instruction for the NYC DOE will be interviewed by Liz Willen, Director, The Hechinger Institute and Editor of The Hechinger Report. Brian Perkins (Ed.D. '97), TC faculty member and Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program, will host this session as a part of The Perkins Platform radio show.

    Related topics: Policy, EPSA, Education Leadership, K-12, NYC

     

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    4:45 PM  -  5:45 PM
    Promoting Equity For English Language Learners

    As the number of English Language Learners in our nation's classrooms increases, what is the role of general education teachers in providing quality educational experiences to this student population? This session will take a look at the ongoing inequities in our system, policies and practices and open a dialogue about what it might mean to promote equity for ELLs. Where should policy makers and agencies focus their efforts to ensure that these students are prepared for college readiness and careers? 


    Claudia Aguirre, CEO, Office of English Language Learners, NYC DOE and Yalitza Vasquez-Johnson (M.A. ’11), Office of English Language Learners, NYC DOE

    Related topics: Applied Linguistics, Elementary Inclusive Education
     Optional 
    4:45 PM  -  5:45 PM
    The Alumni Career Experience (For Alumni Only)

    TC’s Career Services will present an interactive Group Career Counseling session during which time alumni will learn about how to format and write resumes and cover letters, network and job search strategies, how to create a winning LinkedIn Profile, and tips on interviewing and how to negotiate for a higher salary. Receive career advice through a round-robin experience facilitated by career counselors in four stations. For Alumni only.

    Lead by Naomi Naiztat, Associate Director of Career Development & Programming and Kimberly Whittaker, Assistant Director of Alumni Career Programming and Employer Development, and current students, Corinne Galgay, Part time Career Counselor, and Megha Sardana, Graduate Fellow Career Counselor.

    The session will cover four relevant topics:

    1) Resume + Cover Letter Guidance
    2) Networking + Job Search
    3) LinkedIn Profile
    4) Interviewing + Salary Negotiation

     

     Optional  Closed 
    5:45 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Closing Networking Reception
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