October Newsletter: Education Program

The 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.

Grant Seeking Tips & Tools, Monday, 10/7, 3-4pm

Begin your quest for financial support and gain helpful advice on the grant seeking process. Wth tips to offer, we will explore key tools for identifying funding sources: Foundation Grants to Individuals and Foundation Directory, from The Foundation Center, and SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network), from InfoEd.

This workshop is open to members and affiliates of Teachers College, Columbia University who may rsvp via online support. Check out Show Me the Money on rhizr for further details.

Where: 104b Russell

Who's Citing Whom?, Thursday, 10/17, 3-4pm

Why find highly cited articles and authors? Is it helpful to see who has cited you or is writing on the same topic? Or are you just curious about the most cited scholarly journals with a view to publishing your own?

Come to Who's Citing Whom? and find out. To discover your preferences in using citation tools, we'll explore key citation indices: ISI Web of Science, Scopus, and also Google Scholar. Please rsvp by Wednesday, October 16th your interest and details.

Where: 104b Russell

Doctoral Student Symposium, Friday, 10/18, 5-9pm

This is a symposium for newly matriculated doctoral students organized by the Office of Student Affairs; it is hosted by numerous campus constituents important to the doctoral education process at Teachers College. There will be presentations by key departments at Teachers College, including the Gottesman Libraries, to provide greater support for study and research. Reception to follow.

Where: Smith Learning Theater, Fourth Floor

Postural Movement Therapy, with Joey Zimet, Monday, 10/28, 4-5pm

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!

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

Workshop: K-12 Resources, Tuesday, 10/29, 3-4pm

This workshop covers helpful ways to find textbooks, children's literature, lesson plans, and other K-12 materials in the Gottesman Libraries' collection. From Educat, our catalog, to select databases on our A-Z, through to Pocketknowledge's American Curriculum Collection, we will present different tools for accessing both current and historical materials.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp with their details by Monday, October 28th.

Where: 104b 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.

Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas, with Elena Aydarova, Tuesday, 10/8, 4-5pm

Elena Aydarova is an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations at Auburn University. In this talk, she will discuss her new book, Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2019), that explores how globally circulated policy scripts became the foundation for the redesign of teacher preparation in Russia. Drawing on the findings of a multi-sited ethnography, Aydarova analyzes how the dramas of teacher education reforms are connected with designs for conservative social change. While the details of how those dramas unfold in different sociocultural contexts vary, the talk invites teacher educators to consider how to reclaim political theater as a tool for liberation and emancipatory social transformation. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED). Please rsvp by Monday, October 7th to assure a seat.

Where: 306 Russell

Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy, with Dolores Perin and Contributors, Thursday, 10/10, 3:30-5pm

The Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy (Wiley, October 2019) "presents a wide range of research on adults who have low literacy skills. It looks at the cognitive, affective, and motivational factors underlying adult literacy; adult literacy in different countries; and the educational approaches being taken to help improve adults’ literacy skills. It includes not only adults enrolled in adult literacy programs, but postsecondary students with low literacy skills, some of whom have reading disabilities.

The first section of The Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy covers issues such as phonological abilities in adults who have not yet learned to read; gender differences in the reading motivation of adults with low literacy skills; literacy skills, academic self-efficacy, and participation in prison education; and more. Chapters on adult literacy, social change and sociocultural factors in South Asia and in Ghana; literacy, numeracy, and self-rated health among U.S. adults; adult literacy programs in Southeastern Europe and Turkey, and a review of family and workplace literacy programs are among the topics featured in the second section. The last part examines how to teach reading and writing to adults with low skills; adults’ transition from secondary to postsecondary education; implications for policy, research, and practice in the adult education field; educational technologies that support reading comprehension; and more."

-- publisher's description

This online Book Talk features a panel of some of the authors of chapters in the newly-published Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy. The handbook examines the widespread phenomenon of poor literacy skills in adults across the globe. It presents a wide range of research on adults who have low literacy skills. The various chapters look at the cognitive, affective, and motivational factors underlying adult literacy; adult literacy in different countries; and the educational approaches being taken to help improve adults’ literacy skills. The handbook focuses not only adults enrolled in adult literacy programs, but postsecondary students with low literacy skills, some of whom have reading disabilities. In this Book Talk, the panelists will speak about their chapters and answer questions from attendees. We look forward to your participation!

Dolores Perin, editor, is Professor of Psychology and Education, Chair of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, and Senior Researcher at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests center on the reading and writing skills of students in adult literacy programs and postsecondary education who experience academic difficulty. Dr. Perin holds a Ph.D. from Susex University and is widely published in the scholarly literature.

Contributors from around the globe will be joining this book talk to offer a very short summary of their chapter in this important volume, focusing on a few major points. Joining us are:

  • George K. Zarifis, Associate Professor of Continuing Education, Department of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. 
  • Elizabeth L. Tighe, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, USA
  • Stephen Reder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, USA
  • Zoi A.Traga Philippakos, Assistant Professor, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA 
  • Lise Ø. Jones. Associate Professor, Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Daphne Greenberg. Distinguished University Professor, Department of Learning Sciences, Georgia State University, USA
  • Stephen M. Doolan. Associate Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA



This event is co-spsonsored by the Department of Health and Behavior Studies and Academic Computing. Rsvp via the following link by Wednesday, October 10th.

Where: Webinar

Guest Talk: Evolving Perspectives on the Regulation of Emotion, with Kevin Ochsner, Tuesday, 10/22, 5-6:15pm

Kevin Ochsner received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters and Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. He has also received postdoctoral training in social psychology at Harvard (in lab of Daniel Gilbert) and functional neuroimaging at Stanford University (in lab of John Gabrieli, now at MIT).

Kevin Ochsner currently is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Kevin's research interests include the psychological and neural processes involved in emotion, self-control, and person perception. All of his work employs a social cognitive neuroscience approach that seeks to integrate the theories and methods of social psychology on the one hand, and cognitive neuroscience on the other.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Emotional Learning Society (SELS) which is dedicated to inspire and encourage the use of SEL programs and concepts in all educational settings. This community is deeply invested in the social and emotional considerations of our students, parents, faculty, and other stakeholders. If you are interested in getting involved in the Social and Emotional Learning Society, please email jie2122@tc.columbia.edu.

Where: 306 Russell

Live Music:

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles!

Jennifer Hemken, Tuesday, 10/1, 4:30-5pm

Jennifer Hemken currently works in Bulgaria as a French horn player for the State Opera Stara Zagora and the State Opera Varna. When in New York City, she plays piano for the Dance Theater of Harlem. Past employment includes DMA teaching and dissertation fellowships at the University of North Texas and piano performance jobs for the Joffrey Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Interlochen Arts Camp, Hyde Park School of Dance, DanceWorks Chicago, Chicago Ballet Arts, Ballet Chicago, and the Atlanta Ballet. Jennifer also taught piano in Chicago for the Sherwood Conservatory of Music as well as maintaining a private studio. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University (student of Douglas Campbell and Neill Sanders), Master of Music from Auburn University (student of Randall Faust), Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas (horn student of William Scharnberg/piano student of Steven Harlos), and Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes School of Music (student of David Jolley). With regard to future research and innovation, Jennifer Hemken would like to write a method for teaching piano to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Yaniza, Thursday, 10/10, 4;30-5:30pm

Yaniza is a Dominican/Caribbean singer-songwriter from New York City. She got her start by recording acoustic covers of pop songs and uploading them to YouTube. She has since released many original songs, and her most recent single, “Contigo,” (2019) swims seamlessly between English and Spanish lyrics. Yaniza gigs all over the US, teaches Pre-K, and is studying for her Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Yingcai Chin, Wednesday, 10/16, 4-5pm

For more than 16 years, Yingcai has been playing Erhu, an ancient two-string Chinese instrument that is very popular in Chinese folk music. Yingcai founded the Hefei No.6 High School Traditional Instruments Orchestra and won First Prize for the Rising Star Competition, Anhui Division, from China’s Nationalities Orchestra Society. She is the the youngest official member of the Anhui Province National Orchestral Huqin Professional Committee. She received an Excellence Award in the Freshman Talent Competition at Anhui Normal University and was a special guest at Brenau University’s Women’s Leadership Colloquium.The youngest certified Professional Senior Teacher of Erhu, Yingcai has volunteered in underdeveloped regions to inspire local residents’ passion for music and has devoted her efforts to spreading knowledge of Ehru.


Want to play in Everett Cafe? If you'd like to showcase your talents, please contact us with details via online support. Solos, duets, trios are welcome, and we are looking for student volunteers, as well as TC alumni who wish to perform. Acoustical instruments are welcome, as well as variety of genres.

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 new postings on the library website where you can delve into history.

First Presidential Election in Afghanistan, Wednesday, 10/9

Dictionary Day, Wednesday, 10/16

Remembering Rosa Parks, Thursday, 10/24

Everett Cafe News: Learning From Parks: A New Book Display, through mid-October

Tying in with new student orientation and the Learning Theater’s "Walk through Multidimensional Space”, Learning From Parks explores the urban park as a metaphor for the acquisition of knowledge and importance of social infrastructure in this process. The display draws attention to the history, design, and politics of New York City parks, most notably, the iconic, almost completely man-made Central Park. With inspiration from Eric Klinenberg (Palaces for the People); Michael Graner (The Urban Park As An Educational Asset, TC thesis); and President John Fischer who proposed "school parks", massive new campuses to further desegregation, we offer an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between urban schools and parks to prompt creative and playful modes of teaching.

On Nationalism or the Next Stage in History: A New Book Display, mid-October through November

From the Know Nothings to the Trump era, our country has grappled with the push and pull of Nationalism, a movement that raises complex issues by its interwoven fabric of civic, cultural, ethnic, religious, and ideologic lines, typically self-defined and free from outside influence or interference.

With the resurgence of the term in recent years, we examine Nationalism from both an historical perspective and one impacted by Globalism. What does real loyalty and devotion to one's country mean; how we can best define our national consciousness; and can liberty still manifest in openness to other nations, minus the driving forces of power, prestige, and dislike of other countries?


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: 100 Years of Trans Studies and Writing

"This year marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, held by many to be the proper beginning to the sympathetic academic study of queer identities. To celebrate and remember the queer scholars who paved the way (including many who laid down their lives in the pursuit of a more tolerant society), I put together this collection of literature - both academic and not - about being transgender. I hoped to make this collection a quiet rebuttal to the refrain that trans people are some new fad. In fact, we have a long and enduring history not just in the West but across the world. I tried to include the broadest cross-section of our experiences both across history and in the present day, with a broad spread of accessibility in reading level."

-- curator's statement

October Staff Picks is curated by Zach Moore, Library Services Associate.


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

Featured Databases: Full STEAM Ahead

In October, we highlight research databases that cover the literature of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These resources support College programs and offerings and encourage STEAM learning by and for all ages and in all settings Read more on the library's news page.

Exhibit: Welcome to the Library

Curated by the Design Team, Welcome to the Library provides a colorful introduction to the spaces and resources available at the Gottesman Libraries of Teachers College, Columbia University. Complete with pop up book, visitors can learn how the library works, access resource information, and view past creative projects.

The Gottesman Libraries is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive research libraries in education. The scope of the collections reflects the historic commitment to advanced study in education, psychology, and the health professions in their local, national, and international dimensions.

The Library houses about 950,000 printed volumes of scholarly materials, such as monographs, curriculum materials, and publications

of educational agencies. In recent years, the Library has added a wide range of visual and digital formats, and has hosted many learning

and teaching events.

Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor

When: through Fall 2019


To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, or (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Last Updated: 12:43 pm, Friday, Oct 25 , 2019