Concurrent sessions I
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
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
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
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
Related topics: Elementary Inclusive Education
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
In honor of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award Honorees
The afternoon Plenary Session highlights three TC Faculty working in some of our cutting-edge arenas:
Concurrent Sessions II
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.
Related topics: Policy, EPSA, Education Leadership, K-12, NYC
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
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
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
Concurrent Sessions III
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?
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
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