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April 13, 2013

TC’s fifth annual signature homecoming event anchors our year-long series of 125th anniversary events on campus, bringing together alumni, students and friends of the College for a day of learning, engaging and celebrating. Take part in interactive sessions that will explore some of the many trails we have blazed, as well as the cutting-edge work that keeps us at the forefront of change and innovation.

Connect with the TC Community on April 13.

Register Now! Visit to register or for more information about the speakers and sessions. To register by phone, please contact Alumni Relations at 212.678.3215. Classes of ’63 and earlier will be guests of the College for the day. $45 Conference, all-inclusive $20 Conference, sessions only $30 Awards Luncheon

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Saturday, April 13 | Schedule of Events 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Registration & Check-in, Zankel Building – Main Hall

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Everett Lounge

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Awards by President Susan Fuhrman (PhD ’77), Joyce Berger Cowin Conference Center Keynote Address: “Educational Scholarship, Past, Present, and Future: Lawrence Cremin’s Legacy to Teachers College” featuring Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (PhD ’78), moderated by Tom James, with Edmund Gordon (EdD ‘57), Robbie McClintock (PhD ’68) and Amy Stuart Wells (PhD ’92) 11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Morning Break 11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, Grace Dodge Dining Hall 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  Teachers College:The Next Generation featuring TC Faculty Christopher Emdin, Karen Froud, Joey J. Lee, Lisa Miller 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions II

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions III

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception, Zankel Building – Main Hall

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The President’s Medal of Excellence Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (PhD ’78) is the Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. She previously served as the Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University. A historian of education, she is a former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a former president of the Spencer Foundation. She is the author or editor of 11 books as well as numerous articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters. She has been president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society. She is a former trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations, and a former vice chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Stanford University. She is also a former president of the board of Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts, and, from 2005 to 2011, she chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation. She served on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was also Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education and Editor of the Teachers College Record and a member of the faculty of the Columbia University (Faculty of Arts & Sciences) History Department. For a more complete biography, please visit: The President’s Medal will be presented during the Opening Ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Joyce Berger Cowin Auditorium. Immediately afterward, Professor Lagemann will deliver the day’s Keynote Address, “Educational Scholarship, Past, Present, and Future: Lawrence Cremin’s Legacy to Teachers College.” Considered perhaps the preeminent historian of American education, Lawrence Cremin – TC’s seventh president – believed that learning took place not only in classrooms, but also through museums, the media, faith-based institutions, and all the other theaters of everyday life. His vision remains a touchstone for Teachers College and millions of educators across the country and around the world. Through the Academic Festival 2013 Keynote, former students and colleagues will sketch the dimensions of what can only be described as the enduring Cremin Era of Teachers College. The Keynote will be moderated by Tom James, Provost & Dean of the College and Professor of History and Education, and also feature Edmund Gordon (EdD ‘57), Emeritus Professor; Robbie McClintock (PhD ’68), Emeritus Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education; and Amy Stuart Wells (PhD ’92), Professor of Sociology and Education.

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Distinguished Alumni Awards Jody Gottfried Arnhold (MA ’73) has been a visionary dance educator and influential advocate for dance for more than 40 years. She has been instrumental in promoting effective governance and program development for a wide range of dance and education institutions. Jody founded the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd Street Y in New York, which was recently recognized as Best Program by the National Dance Education Organization. Jody taught in NYC public schools for 25 years, providing her with the practical experience that has guided her dance education efforts. She was instrumental in developing the most robust citywide guide to dance curricula for public schools. She serves as Co-Chair for the creation of the NYC Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance Grades PreK-12. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Arts Education for the NYCDOE, is Chair of the Hunter College Dance Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Board of the Center for Arts Education and Chairman of the Dance Center Task Force at the 92Y, where she serves on the Board. For 26 years, Jody served on the Board of Ballet Hispanico and held the position of Chair of the Board from 1995 to 2011.

Erika Himmel (MA ’59) has contributed to the development of standardized assessment procedures that have been a key feature in the operation of the educational system in Chile for close to half a century, including the University Admission Test (PAA) and the Education Quality Measurement System (SIMCE). She has also pursued an extensive career in research and teaching and has participated decisively in advancing the capabilities of Chile in social and educational research and evaluation at Universidad de Chile. She has taught social scientists and teachers for more than 25 years, while also serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs at la Universidad Católica de Chile, where she was named Professor Emeritus in 2010. She has designed and implemented dozens of research projects that set the standard for studies on factors affecting school and university performance, preschool learning, quality of secondary school education, and the effect of educational improvement programs implemented under public policies. In 2011 she was awarded the Premio Nacional en Ciencias de la Educación by the Chilean government.

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Chong Yang Kim (EdD ’83) is a prominent education leader in Korea who began teaching at Hanyang University in 1982 before eventually serving as the university’s President for 18 years. He is now the chairman of the board of trustees of the Hanyang University Foundation, located in Seoul, which in addition to the university itself, includes a kindergarten, an elementary school, middle and high schools, a women’s college, a cyber-university, two hospitals and several profitable organizations. He had served as the president of Columbia Alumni Association of Korea since 2010. Susan Jay Spungin (EdD ’75) is known nationally and internationally as an expert in the education and rehabilitation of individuals who are visually impaired. She has had extensive consultative experience, has been invited to speak to national and international audiences, has published widely and has coordinated many workshops and meetings. She retired from her employment with the American Foundation for the Blind in 2009 after 36 years of service, coordinating and serving as Vice President of AFB’s International Programs and Special Projects. Presently she is President of Blind Biz Inc. a consulting firm that serves blind or visually impaired individuals of all ages, as well as organizations and universities that work in direct service and training. Bobby Susser (MA ’87) earned his master’s in Communication Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College. He has written and produced original, easy-to-learn, award-winning children’s songs since 1972, as well as internationally acclaimed popular songs for all ages. Bobby works with several types of singers and musicians depending upon the song, style, and subject matter. He has sold over 5 million CDs, produced 25 albums, and entertained and taught lessons to scores of children through his songs. Along the way, he has received dozens of awards from respected children’s, parenting and educational organizations. A very special project in his career was recording and contributing an official theme song to the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Hospital. His latest album, for children of all ages, is titled WO! Upon its release, one review stated, “Bobby Susser has raised the bar in children’s music, higher than we could have imagined.”

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Early Career Award Sarah Bolson Barnett (MA ’08) joined The New York Botanical Garden in 2008 as the Manager of Foundation Relations. She was promoted to Associate Vice President for Foundation Relations in 2011, reporting directly to the President and CEO. Sarah is responsible for raising more than $4 million each year in private foundation and government support. Before joining the Garden, Sarah held several positions in the arts and cultural field, including for Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts LLC, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC Office of Parks and Recreation and Playwrights Horizons. While at Teachers College, Sarah worked for the Research Center for Arts and Culture both as a Research Assistant and as the Columbia Culture Map Coordinator, and was the Special English Coordinator of the International Symposium on Georgian Art. Sarah graduated Magne Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. Sreyashi Jhumki Basu (PhD ’06) received a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. Her undergraduate thesis brought her to Russia, where she interviewed homeless children and presented her outreach findings to UNICEF for implementation. For this work, she received the Deans Award for Best Dissertation in the School of Arts and Sciences. While at TC, from which she received her PhD in Science Education in 2006, Jhumki developed an after-school program for a South Bronx school and cofounded a public school in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. Upon graduating she worked at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where she was awarded a research fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. She was promoted to associate professor and made tenure by 2008. Jhumki passed away in 2008, at the age 31, following a seven-year battle with breast cancer. The Jhumki Basu Foundation has since been created in her honor.

The Distinguished and Early Career Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Grace Dodge Dining Hall. Do you know an alumnus/a deserving of a future Distinguished Alumni Award? Please nominate him or her today:

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Concurrent Sessions I 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Creative Task Ahead of Us: Celebrating Progressive Education at Teachers College moderated by David Hansen, Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education and Director, Program in Philosophy and Education; featuring Megan Laverty, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education; Darryl De Marzio (PhD ’07), Assistant Professor of Education at Scranton University; Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd, TC Doctoral candidate, and Jahsee Pickering, TC MA candidate in Philosophy and Education Educators the world over would agree that no true education hall of fame would be complete without John Dewey, William Heard Kilpatrick, George Counts, Philip Phenix, Jonas Soltis, and Maxine Greene, all of whom have served on TC’s faculty. These pioneering philosophers of education have helped make Teachers College a leader in progressive education. Come learn about their continuing worldwide legacy from faculty and students associated with the College’s historic Philosophy and Education Program and learn, too, why great philosophical ideas can live on for generations, sustaining us in the creative task that always before us: realizing the promise of education. Psychology Without Borders: Providing Hope and Healing in the Face of Adversity – a TC Psychology Roundtable featuring Lena Verdeli, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; George Bonanno, Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical Psychology; and Claudia Cohen, Lecturer and Associate Director, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution Putting oneself in another’s shoes is a vital starting point for psychologists, counselors and mediators all across the globe. Join us as we examine how situations ranging from peace negotiations to working with individuals traumatized by disasters or epidemics begin with an awareness of cultural differences and differing life circumstances. Leading the Way: Higher Ed in the 21st Century moderated by Susan Fuhrman (PhD ’77), President of Teachers College, and featuring Joel Bloom (EdD ’78), President of New Jersey Institute of Technology; Mildred Garcia (EdD ’87), President of California State University, Fullerton; Marcia Keizs (EdD ’84), President of York College and Regina Peruggi (EdD ’91), President of Kingsborough Community College Institutions of Higher Education stand at an historic crossroads as they confront a fastchanging global environment and the need to continuously reinvent themselves in order to remain relevant and meet the needs of students. To survive, colleges and universities 6 | | #TC125

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must identify effective leaders who are willing to be innovative and creative. Hear how TC alumni will help pave the way. Contemporary Approaches to Watercolor taught by Sarah Fantuzzo, figurative painter, will draw inspiration from two very different artists who both used the watercolor medium – Eva Hesse and TC alumna, Georgia O’Keeffe – as we experience the lovely and versatile properties of painting transparently with pigment and water. Color, composition, and design will be thoughtfully considered as we explore the medium through warm-up exercises and create several small-scale works. (Limit: 20 people) Behind the Scenes at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders presented by Kathleen Youse, Clinic Director; Elise Wagner, Assistant Clinic Director; Bernadine Gagnon (MS ’01), Chief Clinical Supervisor; Lindsay Milgram (MS ’06), Clinical Instructor; and Georgia Malandraki, Dysphagia Research Clinic Director The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate training program in Speech and Language Pathology at TC, offering a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders. Learn more from the Clinic faculty and staff about the impact this work makes in our communication-driven world. Shaping the Children’s Media Landscape: In the ‘Thinking Chair’ with Creator and Executive Producer Angela Santomero (MA ’95) and Educator and Researcher Alice Wilder (EdD ’98) for kids ages 2 to 6 years and the kid in all of us. Come meet the makers of “Blue’s Clues”, “Super Why!”, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”, and “Speakaboos”! Through video screenings, discussion and a Q&A session, learn more about your favorite friends and the lessons they have to share with you.

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Plenary Session 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. “Teachers College: The Next Generation” will feature TC Faculty, including Christopher Emdin, Assistant Professor of Science Education; Karen Froud, Associate Professor of Speech & Language Pathology and Director, Neurocognition of Language Lab; Joey J. Lee, Assistant Professor of Technology and Education; Lisa Miller, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Clinical Psychology Teachers College stands tall as the oldest and largest school of education in the country, consistently ranked as one of the top education research institutions in the world. Often recognized for our ongoing cutting-edge research on learning, we are on the verge of major breakthroughs in cognitive science, neuroscience, and technology that will transform education and learning as we know it. As the only school of education with faculty and students collaborating across multiple disciplines under one set of gabled roofs, TC is leading this great transformation through the development of new curricula, new technologies, and new ways of preparing educators. Join us for this special presentation that will spotlight just a handful of our faculty who are leading the way.

Concurrent Sessions II 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Changing Face of Leadership moderated by Caryn Block, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, featuring Kevin Jennings (MA ’94), Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation; David Johns (MA ’06), Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans; Danielle Moss-Lee (EdD ’06), CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York; and Joianne Pyram, TC MA candidate Learn about the growing range of diversity in the workforce, workplace, community and marketplace, and find out about new perspectives representing the LGBT community, people with disabilities and those from different faiths. How can leaders help create inclusive communities? There’s a New TA in Town: Learning with Robots & Avatars moderated by John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications & Education and Chair Department of Human Development Director Institute for Learning Technologies, featuring specialists in Robots: David VanEsselstyn (PhD ’01), Director of UX & Design at Wireless Generation and founder of Brooklyn Robot Foundry; Carol Lu (MA ’07), TC 8 | | #TC125

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Doctoral candidate; and Avatars: Xin Bai (EdD ’08), Assistant Professor at York College and CUNY; and Saadia Khan (EdD ’12), Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education Explore how robots, virtual world avatars and animated agents assist teachers and help students learn in a variety of content areas. The Art of Computers: Photoshop Basics taught by Nina Edwards, graphic illustrator and designer Learn how to use Photoshop to scan, edit and retouch photos. Create graphics from your pictures, sketches or doodles in this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own photos and artwork to work on. All levels are welcome. (Limit 12 students per session; also offered in Concurrent Sessions III) Primary Elements - Building a Successful Legacy of Primary Grade Science presented by Jacquelyn Duran (MPhil ’09), Director of Enrichment and Outreach Services at The Hollingworth Center; Michele Damiano (MA ’07), Co-Director of the Summer Science Program for Children; and Lisa Wright (EdD ’87), Director of The Hollingworth Center STEM opportunities are essential in the early years. For the past two decades The Hollingworth Center has created a developmentally appropriate, and inquiry-based science program for primary-grade children. TC alums immersed in this dynamic experience take on the role of lead teacher, mentoring current TC graduate students who participate in an in situ clinical intensive. Over 600 graduate students have honed their science pedagogy and carried this experience with them into urban classrooms. You Can Get There From Here: Pathways to Wellness moderated by John Allegrante, Deputy Provost, and featuring Carol Garber, Associate Professor of Movement Sciences and Director; Stephen Silverman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences; Debra Wein (MS ’94), President, Wellness Workdays Join us as we explore a variety of approaches to physical and emotional well-being and the implications of emerging research in movement science. WeBop!, developed by Lori Custodero, Associate Professor of Music Education, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will be presented for the fifth year in a row at Academic Festival. This early-childhood jazz education program is for children, ages 8 months to 5 years, and their parents/caregivers. Honored by New York Magazine as the city’s Best Music Class of 2012, WeBop! teaches the elements of jazz—including instrumental technique, rhythms, soloing, improvisation—to children. This creative outlet allows parents and children to explore jazz and express themselves together. 9 | | #TC125

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Concurrent Sessions III 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Dr. Ruth Before Sex: A Story of Reinvention and Survival—Hope Leichter, Elbenwood Professor of Education will interview her long-time colleague and friend, Dr. Ruth Westheimer (EdD ’70), world-renowned sex therapist As a survivor of the Holocaust, Dr. Ruth has devoted her life to creating a better and happier world. And what a life it has been. After escaping Nazi Germany in 1939 through the kindertransport, Dr. Ruth lived in Switzerland and then Israel, where she joined the Zionist movement and became a trained sniper. She came to the United States and embarked on a teaching career that led her first into the public health field and then to fame as the world’s best-known sex therapist and speaker and author on sex education. She is now featured in a British documentary series, “Extraordinary Women,” alongside such cultural icons as Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. All the Right Moves: Learning with Gestural Mobile Devices moderated by John Black, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications & Education and Chair Department of Human Development, as well as Director Institute for Learning Technologies, featuring Nabeel Ahmad (EdD ’09), Learning Developer, IBM and TC adjunct; Ayelet Segal (PhD ’01), Founder and CEO, iGeneration; Michael Swart (MA’01), TC Doctoral Research Fellow; and Ilya Lyashevsky, TC Doctoral candidate, Director of Mobile and Web Development, Broadcastr, Inc. Keyboards and touchscreens are fast becoming a thing of the past. Explore how innovative interfaces on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones can be used to increase student learning, understanding and motivation. More Than Words: Expanding Access to Literacy and Learning with New Media and Technologies moderated by Marjorie Siegel, Department Chair, Curriculum & Teaching and Professor of Education, featuring Srikala Naraian, Assistant Professor of Education and Yen Yen Woo (EdD ’04), creator of “Dim Sum Warriors” In today’s networked world, literacy involves more than reading and writing print. New media and technologies utilize multimodal texts that combine words, images, sound and movement. The ease with which such texts can be created and distributed allows for students with disabilities and others who find it challenging to read and write printed English to successfully participate in the digital world.

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The Use and Abuse of Data in Educational Planning in Developing Countries featuring Mark Ginsburg, Visiting Professor Developing countries face various challenges when building Educational Management Information Systems, which are necessary to improve planning, organizational efficiencies, data collection and analysis, information sharing, as well as transparency in the education sector. This talk will take a look at how some national ministry staff and sub-national educational administrators have used, abused, and ignored data to inform policy and practice decisions while implementing education systems in their countries. Learning Laboratory: Modeling Preschool Education presented by Heather PinedoBurns (MA ’05), Director of Hollingworth Preschool; Elizabeth Carlson (PhD ’90), Lead Teacher at Hollingworth Preschool; and Marisa Chin-Calubaquib, TC Doctoral candidate, Lead Teacher at Hollingworth Preschool In the tradition of Lab Schools, TC’s Hollingworth Preschool leads the way for Preschool Education in the 21st Century. Early childhood education remains at the forefront of education reform. Adding to this discourse, the mission of Hollingworth Preschool is dual: to provide child-responsive early childhood education and to offer a vision of best practices based in reflexive pedagogy through mentorship of graduate students. At the heart of this work are the pedagogical moves of the teachers who weave together theory and practice through the enactment of curriculum. The Kids Cook Today is a cooking demonstration for adults and kids ages 6 and up led by Pam Koch (EdD ’00), Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy Put the fun in the fundamentals of healthy cooking. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen is the first step in teaching them how to make healthy choices about nutrition. They will find out that what’s good for them – and good for the planet – can taste good, too.

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Maximize Your Academic Festival Experience • TC Gear Pop-Up Shop

• TC Campus Tours

• Photobooth & Instagram Spots

• Network Cafe: Social Media Tutorials

• EdLab & Academic Computing Resources

• Alumni Networking

• Learn more about the Alumni Council

• Columbia Bookstore with TC Press

• Memory Lane: Share your Story

• Macy Gallery

Watch videos from Academic Festival 2012 at to learn more about the day.

Visit our website to find the final list of sessions, as well as speaker names and bios. You will also find other program updates, as well as supplemental resources related to each session. Please note: All programs are subject to change - the official schedule and lineup will be available on our website when you RSVP. To request disability-related accommodations, contact OASID at, 212.678.3689, 212.678.3853 TTY, 866.624.3281 video phone, as early as possible.

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Academic Festival 2013 is Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow  

TC’s fifth annual signature homecoming event anchors our year-long series of 125th anniversary events on campus, bringing together alumni, s...

Academic Festival 2013 is Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow  

TC’s fifth annual signature homecoming event anchors our year-long series of 125th anniversary events on campus, bringing together alumni, s...