April Newsletter: Education Program

Gottesman Libraries

The Gottesman Libraries Education Program informs students, faculty and staff about the latest thinking in education, in ways that engage members of the community with one another and with a broad range of educational experts. The program also provides understanding of work being done throughout the college.


Regularly scheduled instructional offerings include workshops, tours, orientations, and course-specific instruction in coordination with staff and faculty of the College.

Postural Movement Therapy, Re-educate Your Body: Insights Into the Whats and Whys of Posture As a Foundation of Your Physical Health, Thursday, 4/4 and 4/18, 3-4:30pm

What is optimal posture? How is it developed and subsequently lost? What can you do to regain natural your natural alignment to feel and function as optimally as possible? Let’s explore a model of posture in which we’ll develop a template of optimal function (hint, simply picture a toddler moving), how posture should look, and how it should feel….Yes, it’s a distinct feeling!

The goals of the Postural Therapy Movement Class are for you to:

Gain insights to think critically about why you have your “normal” aches and pains. 

  • Why is my back chronically tight?
  • Why does my wrist hurt when I type? 
  • Why is it so hard to sit up straight for more than a minute?

Leave with the tools – postural stretches and exercises - to stand or sit up straight, walk with efficiency and balance, and breath more naturally and optimally.

Regain the template of how optimal posture feels.

Take charge of your physical health!

Joey Zimet is a Postural Therapist with a private practice in NYC. He has a deep passion for helping people eliminate pain and function more optimally. Zimet currently attends Teachers College, Columbia University where he is in an Advanced Master’s Program (Ed. M) in Applied Physiology. He holds an M.S. in Education and a B.S. with Honors from Rutgers University in Exercise Science. In addition to helping individual clients, Joey teaches a weekly Postural Therapy Movement Class at Columbia University, and guest lectures at various businesses and schools.

Where: 305 Russell

Empower Hour: Grant Funding Your Academic Research 101, Tuesday, 4/9, 3-4pm

Come learn about various funding and sponsor types and how to search online for grants and fellowships. This workshop will provide external resource information, as well as an overview of general submission guidelines and best practices for proposal submissions.

Natasha Guadalupe is Assistant Director of Client Services for Teachers College's Office of Sponsored Programs. Natasha also provides SPA services for Accelerated Schools, CCRC, CPRE, CCF, Financial Aid, Huber, ILT, ITS, IUME, Klingenstein, Library, NCREST, Office of School & Community Partnership, Office of International Affairs, Provost's Office, Reading and Writing Project, and the Resilience Center.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs; Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs.

Where: 305 Russell

Empower Hour: IRB Proposal Review: Part II, Tuesday, 4/23, 3-4pm

Want direct feedback on your IRB application? Have IRB questions that only a Research Compliance Manager can answer? Need guidance on how to work through an challenging IRB application? Then, this is the workshop for you! Bring drafted versions of your IRB materials to this workshop (any edited version is welcome) and we’ll talk through how an IRB protocol is reviewed and potential pit falls to avoid. You can access IRB templates through MyTC/Research Tab/Mentor IRB/Documentation. 

Myra Luna-Lucero is Research Compliance Manager for the Office of Sponsored Programs at Teachers College. She holds a BA and MA from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in math, science, and technology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs; Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs.

Where: 305 Russell

So You're Alumni!, Thursday, 4/25, 3-4pm

This workshop focuses on how to search the many databases available to alumni of Teachers College via the expanded program of offerings by Columbia University Libraries. We will help you get started on your quest for research and provide tips and tricks in constructing a good search, as well as an overview of additional services, including Pocketknowledge, the digital archive. We will also present additional options for using the Gottesman Libraries once you graduate.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, April 24th.

Where: 104b Russell

Guest Talks:

The Education Program includes talks by leaders in the broad field of education.

Social Emotional Learning from Infancy to Adolescence, with Clancy Blair, Tuesday, 4/2, 5-6:30pm

Please join the Social and Emotional Learning Society (SELS) for its speaker series featuring academics and practitioners in the field of SEL. Its inaugural speaker is Clancy Blair, PhD, MPH, who holds appointments at NYU's School of Medicine and the Department of Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Clancy Blair, PhD, is the Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Population Health in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine and Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. He earned a BA at McGill University and an MPH in maternal and child health and PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been conducting research on self-regulation in children for over two decades with a specific focus on the development of executive functions. His research is conducted primarily with data from a large prospective longitudinal sample of children and families in predominantly low-income and rural communities in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He and his collaborators have been following this sample since 2003 with funding from NICHD and most recently with funding from the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. He recently completed two federally-funded (Institute of Education Sciences and NICHD) randomized controlled trials of an innovative approach to early childhood education focused on the development of executive functions and a randomized controlled trial of a parenting program designed to foster self-regulation in parents and children participating in Early Head Start programs (funded by the US Administration for Children and Families). With funding from the National Science Foundation, he and his collaborators recently completed data collection in an international study (with sites in New York City, Cambridge in the UK, and Leiden in the Netherlands) designed to examine prenatal and early postnatal influences on the development of executive functions. He serves as a consultant on numerous federally-funded research grants and serves on the advisory boards of several initiatives focused on early childhood education and child and family wellbeing, including First Things First in Arizona; the Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, in Maryland and Ohio; the Exploring Implications of Emerging Insights from Psychology for Self-Sufficiency Programs project, Mathematica, Washington DC; the BUILD K-3 Formative Assessment Consortium in North Carolina; and the Bezos Family Foundation Vroom Initiative.

This event is co-sponsored by TC’s Social and Emotional Learning Society, an up and coming student organization that is dedicated to inspire and encourage the use of SEL programs and concepts in all educational settings. 

Interested persons may rsvp with details by Monday, April 1st.

Where: 306 Russell

Fantasy and Reality in Visual Media, with Benjamin Mensah, Joanna Arcieri, and Kidest Fikremariam, Monday, 4/15, 6-7:30pm

Please join us for panel discussion on Fantasy and Reality in Visual Media.

Benjamin Mensah’s topic is “The Black Body in World War Z”. Ben is a master's student in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College. Growing up in both Ghana and New York City, Ben attended Hunter College where he triple majored in philosophy, religion and English literature. He worked at the Iola Daycare Center as a teacher’s aide and currently runs a construction business during his free time. Ben enjoys reading, walking and biking.

Joanna Arcieri’s topic is “Bakhtin’s Carnival in Reality TV’s ‘Love Island’". Joanna is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. She is interested in the relationship between local media and political machines as well as the intersection of reality television and politics. Prior to joining the PhD program, she worked on political campaigns in Hudson County, NJ and as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared on Buzzfeed and Jersey Digs. She holds in MA in Media Studies from The New School and a BA in Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College. 

Kidest Fikremariam’s topic is “Trauma Art and Celebrity Culture: The Paparazzi of Amy Winehouse". Kidest joined The Klingenstein Center in 2017. As program associate, she serves as executive assistant to the Director and provides general administrative management and support for all Klingenstein programs. Prior to joining the Klingenstein Center, she worked as an ESL teacher in Osaka, Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She holds a B.A. in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia, and has studied at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, as well as International Christian University in Tokyo.

This event is co-sponsored by the Film and Education Research Academy (FERA). The speakers will be introduced by Professor John Broughton of the Arts and Humanities Department.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp with their details by Friday, April 13th.

Where: 104b Russell

Social Emotional Learning, Tuesday, 4/16, 5-6:30pm

Details forthcoming.

Where: 306 Russell

From Negative to Positive: Social Justice Through the Art and Hands of Others, with Carolina Cambronero-Valera and Guests, Thursday, 4/30, 6:30-8:30pm

From Negative To Positive” shines a light on the transformative effect the arts and community outreach can have on marginalized and challenged populations. Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA), in collaboration with the Youth Board of Music on the Inside, Inc. (MOTI), will host a panel discussion in conjunction with the Gallery Opening of Carolina Cambronero Varela’s eponymous photographic exhibition to demonstrate the power of music, art and the hands of others.

This enlightening panel will include, Ms. Cambronero along with:

Arturo O’Farrill, Featured Artist in MOTI prison programs 

Alina Bloomgarden, MOTI Founder/Executive Director 

Richard Miller and Antoinette Montague, MOTI Teaching Artists 

Special guests will also include formerly incarcerated participants in MOTI prison music programs. Participants will share their experiences, raise awareness about the often-wasted talents and humanity of our large population of incarcerated youth and young adults and the value of the arts in creating confidence, new goals, and hope and safety for all concerned.

During today’s times of inequity and instability, “From Negative to Positive” provides a light on positive initiatives bringing diverse populations together for mutual benefit and enrichment.

Please rsvp via online support wit your interest and details by Tuesday, April 28th.

Where: 306 Russell

Book Talks:

The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks, readings, and signings by faculty, students, staff, and others interested in sharing their work with the Teachers College community. The goals are to celebrate achievements in publishing and promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics of relevance to the educating, psychological and health professions.

Anatomy of the Voice, with Ted Dimon, Monday, 4/22, 4-5:30pm

Please join Dr. Theodore Dimon, Director and Founder of The Dimon Instiute, for a discussion of his recently published book, Anatomy of the Voice: An Illustrated Guide for Singers, Vocal Coaches, and Speech Therapists (North Atlantic Books, 2018). Beautifully illustrated by G. David Brown, program illustration director at Winthrop University who has worked with Dr. Dimon on four previous books, this guide "explains in clear and concise language the anatomy and mechanics of the mysterious and complex bodily system we call the voice" (publisher's description). It covers the anatomy of breathing; the larynx; the extrinsic muscles of the larynx; the mouth and pharynx; the face and jaw; the evolution and function of the larynx, and includes an epilogue and index.

An internationally recognized authority on the holistic model of mind-body integration, as well as the Alexander Technique, Theodore Dimon, Ed.D, is Director and Founder of The Dimon Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, Teachers College. An internationally renowned expert and teacher of the Alexander Technique, he created the Dimon Institute in 1996 in Cambridge, MA, to research, develop, and train teachers in the field of Psychophysical Education. He was certified in the Alexander Technique from the Constructive Teaching Centre in London by Walter Carrington in 1983. To establish national standards for teacher certification in the United States, he co-founded the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in 1987. He has taught in New York City since 2005. A graduate of Tufts University, Dr. Dimon received both his master's and doctorate degrees in education from Harvard University.


Dr. Dimon has written ten books, including Anatomy of the Moving BodyThe Body in Motion: Its Evolution and DesignAnatomy of the Voice; Your Body, Your VoiceBreathing and the Voice; The Elements of Skill; The Undivided Self; A New Model of Man’s Conscious DevelopmentNeurodynamics: The Art of Mindfulness in Action; and The Use of the Hands in Teaching. He is the editor of Frank Pierce Jones’ Collected Writings on the Alexander Technique.

This book talk is co-sponsored by The Dimon Center. Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, April 5th.

Where: 305 Russell

News Displays:

Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.

Chang Poling Is Born, Friday, 4/5

Galileo Is Convicted of Heresy, Thursday, 4/11

Titanic Sinks, Monday, 4/15

Margaret H'Doubler Is Born, Friday, 4/26

Live Music:

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles! If you'd like to participate, see our Spring Call for TC Student Musicians and contact us via library support.

Eliana Satterlee and Nico Lässig, Wednesday, 4/3,5-6pm

Eliana Satterlee and Nico Lässig recently started as a duet playing both covers and original music. Their music style includes alternative, folk, and pop rock. Eliana has been playing for over 10 years and currently is in an alternative rock band called Relentless. She has played at various open mic nights, coffee shops and leads the worship band at Theatre 315.Nico is originally from Zürich, Switzerland and has performed street music and concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the Czech Republic. Both of them enjoy using the gift of music in their church and give thanks to Jesus Christ.  

Rebecca Pu, Monday, 4/8, 4-5pm

Born and raised in China, Rebecca started her journey with Pipa since age 6. As an active member of Hong Kong Yao Yue Chinese Orchestra for 2 years, she has been invited to perform at various tertiary-level music festivals and also Hong Kong Cultural Center. Having reached the top level in the Chinese National Pipa Examination, Rebecca's professionalism was recognized by Peking University and Tsinghua University where she received first level certification. Rebecca is now pursuing her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at TC.

The N Train, Wednesday, 4/10, 3-4pm

Nesly Kohen is a Turkish/Spanish Singer-Songrwriter who enjoys singing Pop, Pop-Rock, Jazz, World Folk, and R&B. Professionally, she has been performing since middle school. In high school, she attended Berklee College Of Music’s 5-Week Summer program twice— for both Pop and Jazz voice. She was a part of the Balkan and Middle Eastern Ensemble as well as the Musical Theatre ensemble (auditioned musical groups.). She also competed in local, European and world-wide competitions with the pop rock band, B Yuzu as well as professional sephardic jewish choral ensembles. In Turkey, Musical Theatre credits include: Fame, Across the Universe, Chicago, Lukus Hayat (Turkish). She has appeared on stage in a few countries such as Israel, Spain, Italy and BPC (Boston), The Little Bronx and Bronx XL (Istanbul, Turkey).

Natalie Fabian has been performing as a Singer-Songwriter and Jazz Vocalist in the New York/Metro area. Venues include: Rockwood Music Hall, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Living Room, The Metropolitan Room, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the Solar1 Stage. A highlight was her residency at The Allegria Hotel with world-renowned pianist Lee Musiker and the Big Band, New York City Swing. She has appeared on the TLC television series “Long Island Medium” as a featured singing caroler. She is also an active performer in Musical Theatre, last performing as Zena in the staged reading The Zimmer Girls at The Actor’s Temple alongside long-time Broadway musical director, Ed Linderman. Natalie is a freelance teaching artist in Voice and Musical Theatre and a Cantor for Notre Dame Parish. 

Laura Head, Tuesday, 4/16, 6-7pm

Laura Head is a solo musician better known under the stage name charade. A classical pianist since childhood, she currently writes for piano, ukelele, and guitar. She frequently plays live in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and is currently working on her second EP. Laura is studying for her Master's in Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Melissa Shetler, Tuesday, 4/23, 6-7pm

Jazz vocalist Melissa Shetler grew up immersed in music. “She has a really unique sound. A little swinger!” says Sheila Jordan. As the child of two working musicians, she was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. At 12, she took to the stage, singing with her mother and father in their various bands. Now a performer in her own right, her voice has matured into a sultry, smoky, bluesy style that is equally at home singing swing tunes or salsa. She believes deeply in the lyrics of a tune, delivering them rich in double meanings and sly inferences. Taking the cue of great jazz and blues singers of the past, she continues in the tradition of telling the stories through each song she sings. Famous with her fellow musicians for her rock solid sense of rhythm and innovative phrasing, Melissa has performed with such greats as Seleno Clark, Mundell Lowe, Ray Barreto and trumpet virtuoso Jeremy Pelt. Since moving to New York, Melissa has taken the stage all over the city; Smoke, The Lenox Lounge, Swing 46, Dizzy’s, Detour, and the Jazz Standard to name a few. Through her travels to Mexico, Central America, South Africa, and Cuba she has expanded her repertoire from the Great American Songbook to include bossas, boleros, and South African township music.

From Negative to Positive, Tuesday, 4/30, 5-6pm

A special jazz performance ushering in the panel talk and Offit Gallery exhibit, From Negative to Positive: Social Justice Through the Arts and Hands of Others.

Details forthcoming.

Everett Cafe Book Display: Teaching About Species, through May

Is it true that we care mostly about giant, often tropical or subtropical animals when thinking about endangered species and conservation? There's the Amur Leopard, Black Rhino, Hawksbill Turtle, South China Tiger, Sumatran Elephant .... but what about the smaller fauna and flora -- the honeybee, American burying beetle, Louisiana quillwort, Georgia aster ... that are also disappearing from our landscape? 

In support of this year’s Earth Day, whose theme is "Protect Our Species", we present Teaching About Species to nurture deeper educational awareness and human sensitivities to the whole world around us. Included are works that probe the meaning and debate over species, extinction, and the anthropocene through research, narrative, and lessons from Nature.

At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments.

Staff Picks: A History of Economic Thought

"The idea for my staff pick is to let patrons trace the evolution of economic ideas since the publication of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. The exhibit contains both major publications that transformed the field of economics as well as helpful companions, such as The Worldly Philosophers, that introduce the reader to economics in general and follow the lives, times, and ideas of the economists whose works are on display. Finally, the more contemporary works are drawn from radically different schools of economic thought, from more mainstream neoclassical/New Keynesian economics to the various heterodoxies such as the Post Keynesian, Marxian, and Austrian schools. My hope is that patrons will be able to get some sense of the foundations and evolution of these various schools of thought by going through the staff picks."

-- Curator's Statement

Joseph Edwards is a Library Services Associate and student at the New School where he is pursuing a master's degree in Economics.

Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.

Where: Reading Room, Second Floor

Highlighted Databases: Visual Research

In April we feature databases that support study and scholarship in Visual Research a qualitative research methodology that relies on artistic medium, like film, photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture to produce and represent knowledge. Read more on the library news' page and also be sure to check out the Visual Research for Social Change Conference, April 23rd, in the Smith Learning Theater.


Victory, by Nicole Avery, Friday, 3/1 - Thursday, 4/18

Victory presents the black female in an array of darker hues, unapologetically... giving breath to the fortitude demonstrated in the character, intellect and physical appearance of the women celebrated in Marvel’s recent Black Panther movie. Each piece is prophetic in its own right. Nestled within the larger aesthetic of each piece are rhythmic alliterations of contiguous lines converging to make meaning, intuitively. Much of what was created emerged, mysteriously, bypassing the artist’s conscious being. Notwithstanding, the pieces displayed proffer a cross-cultural investigation of autochthonous traditions and general metaphysics. In all, the essence of the 9 models featured here interact interdependently with the prophetic birthing a newer narrative. Experience the inscriptions of the ancestors etched into my aesthetic lobe (the right side of the brain) and feel the force of spiritual transference transcending into meaning.

Elaine Nicole Avery earned two Masters degrees, as well as an Ed'D from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught in the Bronx, New York, and Compton, Los Angeles, and has exhibited widely.

Where: 306 Russell (Reception, Friday, 3/1, 5-7pm)

Offit Gallery (Exhibit, through April 18th)

From Negative to Postive, by Carolina Cambronero-Varela, starting Friday, 4/19

This exhibit focuses on motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph (CSJ) in Brentwood, New York, which was originated in 1646 in Le Puy, France. This property, a six-building complex, reflects the changes needed for the CSJ to continue with their ministries since it became their home in 1903. Although the sisters’ average age is over seventy and interest in entering this vocation has drastically diminished, this exhibition shows that their mission is very much alive and relevant in addressing current social, political, and economic issues. Through the use of environmental photographs, From Negative to Positive raises awareness on how the CSJ adapted to meet the present needs of their time.

Carolina Cambronero-Varela has been involved in community work that utilizes the arts to promote a better environment and future for its population. The Arts Administration program, with its emphasis on education, will complement and guide her objective of making the arts attainable to all. She believes that society, primarily children, needs exposure to the arts to better understand the power of change that each person has within. She envisions the creation/expansion of non-profit international organizations that will accentuate the importance of education through art for all socio-economic, age, gender and academic levels, particularly in marginalized regions across the globe.

Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor (through May)

Guest Talk: 306 Russell (Tuesday, 4/30, 6:30-8:30pm)

Live Music: Everett Cafe (Tuesday, 4/30, 5-6pm)


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Last Updated: 9:42 am, Thursday, Mar 7 , 2019