Guest Talks: META Project Launch, with Annie Han & Guests, Friday, 12/15, 4:30-6pm

Please join us for the following co-sponsored guest talks in December:

  • META Project Launch: Resources for Chinese Bilingual Educators, with Annie Han, Christy Lao, Patricia Martinez-Alvarez & Sharon Chang, Friday, 12/15, 4:30-6pm


  • Please join us on Friday, December 15th for the launch of the Bilingual/Bicultural Program's META Project.

    "The purpose of this platform is for current and future Chinese bilingual teachers to exchange their insights, share the instructional materials, and mobilize new knowledge in practices via the venues of Curriculum Talk through collaborative conversations. META is a great virtual place for glocalized Chinese bilingual educators to generate transformative ideas collectively for their teaching by grades and by subjects in Mandarin Dual Language Programs. We hope to serve as a creative thinking hub to synergize the efforts of a broader innovative audience here in New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) public schools and with our TC BBE alums nationally and internationally."
    -- META Project launch statement

    Guest speakers include: Dr. Annie Han, Department of Mathematics, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, and Adjunct Professor of Education in Bilingual-Bicultural Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. Christy Lao, Associate Professor of Education, San Francisco State University (joining virtually); and Dr. Patricia Martinez-Alvarez, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. The guest panel will be moderated by Dr. Sharon Chang, Lecturer, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Applications and activities will be led by BBE Alum and Contributors of META.

    This project is funded by the Provost's Investment Fund, and this event is co-sponsored by the Bilingual and Bicultural Education Program at Teachers College and is open primarily to current members and BBE alumni.

    Please rsvp directly to bilingual-bicultural@tc.edu with your interest and details by Wednesday, December 13th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Innovation, Evidence and Reform: Key Words in the Vocabulary of Change in Teacher Education, with Viv Ellis, Monday, 12/11, 3-5pm


  • "Cultural studies scholar Raymond Williams (1976) argued that key words are terms that bind us together in conversation but that are nonetheless fracture-points in public discourse in that their meanings are divergent and often contradictory. In this seminar, I will argue that innovation, evidence and reform are three such “key words” in the vocabulary of change in teacher education. The meanings of each word, inflected through different political-economic and educational discourses, become increasingly problematic at the same time as calls for the education system – and the teacher education system, particularly – to change become ever more urgent. Often, it seems, the loudest and most energetic calls for change in teacher education internationally come from self-styled “reformers” who argue for the “disruption” of public education (and teacher education, in particular) through market-based “innovations” that reduce costs while implementing technological efficiencies. In contrast, universities often appear to be defensive and to argue for the status quo in terms of both teacher education programme design and content. However, both 'reformers' and universities’ arguments for change (or, indeed, the status quo) are often premised on stated values of equity and social justice but, once again, with different meanings and drawing on different substantiation strategies and 'evidence'.

    At the same time, there are also words that are high-frequency in their absence in the public discourse about change in teacher education yet equally significant in their structuring of the ways we think and feel about teacher education. Two such words are profession (in relation to school teaching) and university (in relation to the institutional structures and historically evolving cultures of teacher education as academic work). By interrogating key words in our vocabulary of change in teacher preparation, this seminar will focus on the actual and potential 'higher education' contribution to the education, development and support of the teaching profession as well as the meanings of these words for the profession of teaching itself."
    -- Summary

    Viv Ellis is Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King’s College, London. He is also an honorary Research Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College. His research focuses on teacher education and development, with particular interests in cultural-historical activity theory and practice-developing research.

    Viv Ellis will be will be introduced by Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    See Viv Ellis' lecture, Transforming the Landscape of Teacher Education: Possible Futures for the Profession and Universities Working Together, delivered in Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, 2014.

    Please rsvp by Friday, December 8th with your interest and details.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

    Where: 305 Russell

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