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APRIL 21, 2012

Rewiring the Learning Landscape • April 21


SATURDAY, APRIL 21 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: Jeffrey Sachs on Information Technology and Sustainable Development 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Morning Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions I

12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, Grace Dodge Dining Hall 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Plenary Session: Entrepreneurship, Technology and Education: A Conversation with Matthew Pittinsky (PhD ’08), moderated by Provost Tom James, Milbank Chapel 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions II

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions III

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception, Zankel Building – Main Hall • 1

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Teachers College President’s Awards THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD OF HIGH DISTINCTION Pola Rosen (EdD ’80) is a graduate of Barnard College and completed her doctoral work in special education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She served as a teacher, supervisor and professor of special education at CUNY. For the past 15 years, she has been the publisher of Education Update, a newspaper with over 100,000 readers that receives over two million hits on its website ( monthly. She has won numerous awards for her work and serves on the boards of Landmark College in Vermont and the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York City as well as on the Education Dean’s Advisory Council at Mercy College in Westchester County. THE PRESIDENT’S MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE Matthew Pittinsky (PhD ’08) is the Chief Executive Officer of Parchment, an education data company and leading provider of academic records and transcripts for educational institutions. In 1997 he co-founded Blackboard Inc., serving first as chief executive officer and then executive chairman. Millions of students across the world use Blackboard technologies, which enable institutions of learning to engage students on their own terms and electronic devices. THE TC MEDAL OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Jeffrey Sachs is the director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also a special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For more than 20 years Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. He is considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including the New York Times bestseller The Price of Civilization (Random House, 2011). The President’s Awards will be presented during the Opening Ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Joyce Berger Cowin Auditorium. The Keynote Address: Information Technology and Sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sachs will immediately follow. 2 •

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Distinguished Alumni Awards Kevin Jennings (MA ’94) is the CEO of Be the Change, a nonprofit that creates national campaigns to bring awareness to national issues. From 2009-2011, he served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, leading the Obama Administration’s anti-bullying initiative. He began his career as a history teacher and was the faculty advisor to the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance. In 1990 he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national, all-volunteer organization, where he was executive director until 2008.

Lucille A. Joel (EdD ’70) has been a tenured professor at Rutgers State University of New Jersey College of Nursing since 1979. She is past editor-at-large of the American Journal of Nursing and was director of the Rutgers Teaching Nursing Home. Dr. Joel served as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the New Jersey State Nurses Association, and as first vice-president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) headquartered in Geneva.

John B. King, Jr. (EdD ’08) was appointed by the Board of Regents as Commissioner of Education and president of the University of the State of New York (USNY) in 2011. Previously, he served as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education at the New York State Education Department where he coordinated the development of the state’s successful Race to the Top application, which earned the second highest point total in Round 2 and secured $696.6 million to support the P-12 education reform agenda of the Board of Regents.

Harold J. Noah (PhD ’64) is an internationally recognized authority in Comparative Education. He is the Gardner Cowles Professor Emeritus of Economics and Education at Teachers College. He joined the faculty of Teachers College in 1964 and was Dean from 1976 to 1981. He has given his name to the Harold J. Noah Alumni Award in International and Comparative Education for alumni within the program. Continued on page 4 • 3

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Distinguished Alumni Awards continued

Robert H. Schaffer (MA ’52) is the founder of Schaffer Consulting and the creator of the firm’s results-driven approach described in his book The Breakthrough Strategy: Using Short-Term Successes to Build the High Performance Organization. He has long advocated that the consulting profession needs to prove how consulting work actually yields returns for clients. He elaborates on this idea in High-Impact Consulting: How Clients and Consultants Can Work Together to Achieve Extraordinary Results, referred to as “the single most useful current book on the practice of management consulting.”

Early Career Award Betty Perez-Rivera (EdD ’03) has more than 15 years experience in public health, health education and management. She is the director of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence, a Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Go Green Initiative. She is helping reduce health disparities for families in East Harlem. More than 7,000 East Harlem residents have benefitted from asthma education and programming under her leadership. The Distinguished and Early Career Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Grace Dodge Dining Hall.

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS I 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Connecting Communities Online moderated by John Allegrante, Professor of Health Education and Deputy Provost; featuring Thomas Chandler (PhD ’09, MA ’00), National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health; Christel Hyden (EdD ’11), Public Health Researcher Today’s communities are evolving from geographic to virtual. This session will explore the ways in which communities are connecting with an increasingly digital population to enhance public health and safety. From websites to Twitter, rural and urban populations alike now expect up-to-the-minute news and alerts. Technology is creating more demanding but better-informed, better-prepared and ultimately safer citizens.

Realizing the Promise of Technology in the Classroom moderated by Susan Fuhrman (PhD ’77), President; featuring Gary Natriello, Director of the Gottesman Libraries; Ellen Meier (EdD ’02), Coordinator, Educational Technology Specialist Program Technology as a learning support has repeatedly failed to live up to the hype – but now new adaptive education software programs are enabling teachers to pinpoint the learning problems of each student, tailor instruction, draw on other web-based resources and bring parents into the conversation. See whether this brave new world pushes your buttons.

Social Media & the Adolescent Mind: A TC Psychology Roundtable moderated by Barry Farber (MA ’70), Professor of Psychology and Education; featuring Dailey Pattee (PhD ’04), Psychoanalyst and TC Trustee, and Dinelia Rosa, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Director of the Dean Hope Center You meet and almost immediately you’re friends on Facebook. Now it’s time to consider the power that social media wield in our daily lives, particularly the lives of adolescents, and ponder some perplexing questions. Why do kids expose themselves in such a public way? Why has the internet become the place where they initiate and develop relationships but also bare their souls and lash out? Learn some of the dangers and benefits of social networks and implications for teachers, parents and psychotherapists. • 5

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS II 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Banking on our Future: Kids and Financial Literacy moderated by Pola Rosen (EdD ’80), Publisher, Education Update; featuring Alice Wilder (EdD ’98), Educational Psychologist; Anand Marri, Associate Professor of Social Studies; and Ramon Gonzalez (ME ’97), Principal of M.S. 223, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology If nothing else, the past decade has shown that it’s never too early to learn the fundamentals of financial literacy. If students begin understanding the rules of personal finance as kids, they will grow up to be more financially savvy adults. Our country and our economy are depending on them.

Be the GPS: Navigating Interpersonal Conversations – a two-part workshop facilitated by Debra Noumair (EdD ’87), Associate Professor of Psychology & Education and Caroline Rosen (EdM ’89) How can we achieve better interpersonal relationships and improve communication skills? Learn the fundamentals of Interpersonal Process Recall which can be applied in settings from the boardroom to the classroom.

System Change: Accelerate and Upgrade Performance – an interactive workshop presented by Warner Burke, Edward Lee Thorndike Professorship of Psychology & Education; William Pasmore, Visiting Professor of Social-Organizational Psychology with Robert Schaffer (EdD ’52), founder Schaffer Consulting Change is often met with resistance. Organizations and leaders seeking dramatic, sustainable change must identify and address resistors clearing a path for positive results. Learn how to focus on achieving better results, higher quality of life, improved relationships, and increased capacity for succeeding in turbulent times.

There’s an App for That featuring a special introduction by Ruth Gottesman (EdD ’68), TC Trustee; facilitated by Hui Soo Chae, Director of Development & Research at the Edlab; Brian Hughes, Associate Director of Design, Publishing, and Service at the Gottesman Libraries and EdLab; and Gary Natriello, Director of the Gottesman Libraries

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You may have seen them on the TC homepage: Vialogues, Ednode, Pundit and Pressible are just some of the cutting-edge applications that EdLab builds not only for the education community and TC students but also for TC alumni. Learn more about the e-publishing, archival, video-sharing and networking resources provided to you by EdLab.

WeBop! – an early-childhood jazz education program for children, ages 8 months to 5 years, and their parents/caregivers Learn about jazz instruments and improvisation, the creative process of great performers and have fun, too. This session provides a creative outlet for parents and children to explore jazz and express themselves together.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS III 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Eating for Energy – a cooking demonstration led by Pam Koch (EdD ’00), Executive Director, Center for Food & Environment for adults and kids ages 6 and up Put the fun in the fundamentals of healthy living. 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 you – and good for the planet – can taste good, too.

Decoding the Web of College Admissions moderated by Tom Rock (EdD ’02), Executive Director, Enrollment Services; featuring Joe Bertolino (EdD ’03), Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Queens College; Jennifer Fondiller (MA ’89), Dean of Admissions at Barnard College; Eric Furda (MA ’94), Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania; Carla Shere (EdD ’93), Director of College Planning, Learning Leaders; Mitchell Thompson (MA ’96), Dean of Students, Scarsdale High School Applying to college is a whole new ballgame. Campus visits now begin online: websites, social media, chat rooms, blogs and virtual tours – all leading to an online application. Some students never set foot on campus before their first day of Psych 101. Students (and parents) come hear how to maximize the search and make your application stand out among the rest. • 7

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Virtual Humanities moderated by Frank Moretti, Professor of Communication & Education; featuring Jennifer Hogan (PhD ’00); Richard Jochum, Adjunct Professor of Art and Art Education; Ellen Livingston (MA ’97); Mark Phillipson, Senior Program Specialist, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning If you can’t see it or hear it, how can you appreciate it? As arts programs lose funding, e-resources can provide students access to the great works of literature, art and music they would otherwise miss. New media and technology are reopening the door to creative expression, and giving both artists and humanists alike new inventive possibilities to create and experience the arts.

Network Café – a beginner’s guide to social media. Wondering what all the hype is about? Consider this your study hall. Here, in a very informal setting, you will get hands-on practice and pointers on the most popular networking sites used today, such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. *Please note: All programs are subject to change.Visit for speaker and program updates, as well as supplemental resources related to each session. 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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