November 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.

New York Foundling's Child Abuse Prevention Program, Friday, 11/1, 9am-2:30pm

Please join TC alumna Leslie Schmerler and her colleagues from The New York Foundling as they provide training to counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other school professionals about the dynamics of child abuse. Participants are taught how to respond to abuse disclosure statements from children and will learn specific interviewing skills that are most effective when gathering information to make a report. They will also have the opportunity to observe the entire Child Safety Workshop.

A key component of training, the Child Safety Workshop uses life-sized puppets to teach children to recognize, resists, and report instances of abuse and neglect. The Foundling's award winning Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) ensures that children understand their right to be safe and has empowered more than 500,000 elementary schools students in New York City since 1986.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Wednesday, October 30th. Space is limited to 35 persons.

Where: 305 Russell

The Debate Workshop / Remix, with Chiara Fuller, Monday, 11/11, 9:30am-4:30pm

Subtitle: Critically Examining Sociopolitical Consciousness through Diverse Multimodal Practices

You are welcome to attend this highly interactive session to learn how to design, run and participate in parliamentary debate through engaging theater-based, spoken word and Hip hop activities. Come ready to have fun while fostering invaluable skills to critically engage in a broad range of issues. The afternoon Parliamentary mock debates will allow you to practice mapping your arguments, refuting claims, asking critical questions, and presenting cited evidence. 

  • No debate experience required
  • Free breakfast and lunch provided.
  • The attire: comfortable clothing
  • Photo id's will be checked at the Teachers College Entrance.

Chiara Davis Fuller received a Master’s from the International Educational Development program at Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2017. She studied International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. She is continuing her passion to promote diversity, culturally relevant pedagogy, social justice and equity through the Curriculum Studies program in the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. Chiara has 13 years of experience in international education with a focus in English as a Second Language education. She taught, coached and organized health and educational projects for youth and their families by serving as an Education and Community Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Barranco Village, a Garifuna community in Belize. She was the Coordinator of the Language Department at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador Sede Esmeraldas in Ecuador and Supervisor to international assistant language teachers in Yamagata, Japan. She has taught English language courses, organized educational seminars and developed curricula for students and teachers in Japan, Ecuador and Nepal. She continues her passion for advocating for diversity, multicultural education and inclusiveness as a Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF) middle school Parliamentary debate coach, teacher educator and education event programmer.

For more information contact Chiara Fuller, and RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Where: Smith Learning Theater

Be a Detective: Archival Research, Thursday, 11/14, 3-4pm

Looking for leads on people, places, events, and other things of the past? Maybe you are curious about the Philosophy of Education Club in existence at Teachers College during the first quarter of the twentieth century? Or descriptions of the courses taken or taught by TC members? The Haitian connection and wider impact on education? Follow your hunches, and become the detective in scouting out clues from key resources.

In this workshop we will explore tools and methods for uncovering archival and historical information, including Pocketknowledge, our digital archive; Educat, our catalog; Teachers College Record, official journal; World Cat (Archive Grid); and much more. 

If you have a particular topic in mind, please let us know when you rsvp with your details!

Where: 305 Russell

Postural Movement Therapy, with Joey Zimet,Tuesday, 11/19, 3:30-5pm

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.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, November 18th.

Where: 305 Russell


2019 Margaret Mead Talk, with Lambros Comitas and Marlee Tavlin, Tuesday, 11/12, 6-8pm

This event aims to open a tradition of honoring the contribution and passion of Margaret Mead to the field of Anthropology and Education. In this first edition of the Margaret Mead Talk, we want to increase the visibility and honor the memory of this fantastic anthropologist and educator within our school, reinforcing her importance to the Anthropology Programs at TC. Graduate students of the programs, who are members of the Society for Anthropological Studies (SAS), seeks to provide to the TC community an opportunity of learning more about Dr. Mead’s anthropological work, importance, and legacy. The event will put together a panel compound by Dr. Lambros Comitas, professor of Anthropology and Education, who will talk about her immense contributions to American anthropology and the educational field. He will be joined by Marlee Tavlin, TC alumni and Co teacher at the American Museum of Natural History, who will tell us about Mead’s work and legacy in the museum. This event is open to all members of the TC community.

Lambros Comitas is Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A product of Columbia University, he received the A.B. from Columbia College in 1948 after service in the United States Army, and was awarded the Ph.D. in anthropology in 1962 from the Columbia Faculty of Political Science. Influential figures in his early professional years were Conrad Arensberg, Marvin Harris, Charles Wagley and Margaret Mead from the Columbia faculty and M. G. Smith, the eminent British-trained anthropologist whom he first met during field work in Jamaica.

Marlee Tavlin is a Doctoral Student in Educational Evaluation and Research at Fordham University and Co Teacher at American Museum of Natural History. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from New York University with a double major in Social Work and Classical Civilization-Anthropology. She has been a teaching assistant and co-teacher for The American Museum of Natural History’s Education Department. Her academic interests include urban education, social justice, and using museums as a tool to close the education gap facing NYC’s students.

Where: 305 Russell

Perspectives on Arts Advocacy, with Student Advocates for the Arts, Monday, 11/25, 5:30-7pm

Four students will have the opportunity to present their projects, experiences, case studies or research around arts advocacy across their specific interests and backgrounds. The students who will be presenting are:

  • Mitchell L. Conway, Teachers College
  • Letty Perez, Columbia Business School
  • Monica Trigos, SIPA
  • Aline Guzik Duno, SIPA

This panel will also include a Q&A moderated by Livia Alexander, a writer, curator and member of the contingent graduate faculty of Art and Design at Montclair State University.

Where: 306 Russell

Resistance to Belief Change: Limits of Learning, with Joseph Lao and Jason Young, Thursday, 11/21, 5:30-7pm

Please join co-authors Joseph Lao and Jason Young in a discussion of their new book, Resistance to Belief Change: Limits of Learning (Routledge, 2019).

This book examines the human proclivity to resist changing our beliefs. Drawing on psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, and integrating topics as wide ranging as emotion, cognition, social (and physical) context, and learning theory, Lao and Young explore why this resistance to change impedes our learning and progression. They also suggest that failure to adapt our beliefs to available and informed evidence can incur costs that may be seen in personal growth, politics, science, law, medicine, education, and business.

Resistance to Belief Change explores the various manifestations of resistance, including overt, discursive, and especially inertial forms of resistance. As well as the influential factors that can impact upon them, the book also examines how the self-directed learner, as well as teachers, may structure the learning experience to overcome resistance and facilitate progressive and adaptive learning.

Lao and Young find that the impediments to learning and resistance to change are far more prevalent and costly than previously suggested in research, and so this book will be of interest to a range of people in cognitive development, social psychology, and clinical and educational psychology.

-- Publisher's description

Joseph R. Lao earned his Ph.D. in the field of cognitive development from Teachers College, Columbia University. As an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, and a full-time Senior Lecturer at Hunter College, in the City University of New York, and elsewhere, Dr. Lao has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Experimental Psychology, Human Development, Learning, and Cognitive Development for more than 20 years.

Jason Young earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. As a full-time Associate Professor at Hunter College, in the City University of New York, and elsewhere, Professor Young has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in social psychology over the past 30 years, including Introduction to Social Psychology, Research Methods in Social Psychology, the Psychology of Prediction, and The Psychology of Attitudes and Persuasion.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, November 20th.

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!

Yingcai Chen, Wednesday, 11/13, 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 Erhu.

Jose Lomeli, Monday, 11/18, 4-5pm

Jose Lomeli is beginning his first year at Teachers College in the Music Education program after completing his MA in guitar performance at Northwestern University. He began playing guitar as a child, inspired by music teachers and musical family gatherings and continued his passion for music and guitar through the Beatles and Andres Segovia. He enjoys participating in community music ensembles and teaching guitar to people of all ages

Yaniza, Wednesday, 11/20, 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.

Monika Xu, Tuesday, 11/26, 4-5pm

Monika Xu is a current first year Arts Administration student at TC. She was born and raised in Shanghai. Monika earned her BA degree in Music Production from Shanghai Theater Academy and her MBA degree from Brandeis University. She used to work for Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai to enlarge jazz community and develop education outreach program in Shanghai. Her goal, though might sound corny, is to enrich people’s wellbeing through jazz performances and workshops. Monika plays a combination of familiar/unfamiliar music by a range of artists she likes, including some jazz standards, Taylor Swift, Sheena Ringo and more.


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.

The Tempest Is First Performed, Friday, 11/1

Happy Birthday, Art Garfunkel!, Tuesday, 11/5

TC Founder's Day, Friday, 11/15

Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address, Tuesday, 11/19

Honoring Claire Fagin, Monday, 11/25

Everett Cafe Book Display: On Nationalism Or the Next Stage of History

Nationalism as a God must follow the tribal gods to limbo. Our true nationality is mankind. How far will modern men lay hold upon and identify themselves with this necessity and set themselves to revise their ideas, remake their institutions, and educate the com- ing generations to this final extension of citizenship? 

— HG Wells, Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind, Ch. 40, "The Next Stage of History"

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 tangled presentation 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 -- minus power, prestige, and dislike of other countries -- still manifest in openness to other nations?

On display through November, On Nationalism or the Next Stage of History presents seminal works that look at different dimensions of this complex topic.

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: Award Winning Children's Books

"What makes a great children's book? This question has been on my mind for the past three years as I've curated the children's award winners and honors display. As a prospective school librarian, part of my training is to acclimate myself to the world of children's and young adult publishing in order to help growing readers flourish. The award lists are crucial tools in this process. Some awards focus on writing, some on illustration, some on both. Many have cultural focus or a core idea that drives the selection process, but many are also selected and judged by adults. This year, I chose to feature five award lists not yet represented in this curation process, including an award voted on by children and teens themselves. It's important for kids (and for grown ups, too) to remember that what makes a book great isn't that someone else says it is. 

I give you this collection and I let you decide.

As 2019 comes to a close, we're already gearing up for a new book awards cycle. What a perfect time for all of us to brush up on the year that was and get excited about new children's literature?"

-- Curator's Statement

This display is curated by Rachel Altvater, Library Services Associate and MLS candidate at Queen's College, City University of New York and designed by Trish Barton, EdLab Studios.


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

Highlighted Databases: Education Governance

As we gear up for the 2019 elections, we draw attention to resources that cover the literature of education governance at all levels and in all schools. The following databases also support research and courses at the College. particularly the programs in economics and education; politics and education; education policy; and sociology and education. Read more on the library's news page.

Exhibit: Through Our Eyes, through 11/29

Through Our Eyes: The Shots of Young Migrants Forced Into the Greek Hotspot of Samos

The photography project "Through Our Eyes" shows the daily lives of asylum seekers living in the "hotspot" camp on Samos Island, Greece, through their own eyes.

The Samos "hotspot" camp is a detention center for asylum seekers crossing into the European Union from Turkey. Since the EU-Turkey Deal in 2016, all asylum seekers found in Greek waters are detained in hotspot camps in Lesvos, Samos, Chios, and Kos. The Samos camp is a re-purposed military base that was built for 650. However, today the camp and the olive groves surrounding it ("the jungle") are home to over 4,000 men, women, and children from more than 15 countries.

Behind the camera, instead of reporters and journalists, we find teenage boys and girls who have been living in this camp for months. The young photographers are students at the Mazi youth center, the only educational option for them on the island, run by the NGO Still I Rise. Founded in June 2018, Mazi provides informal education and psychosocial support for children aged 12-17 living in the camp. Students involved in "Through Our Eyes" participated in the Mazi photograph workshop which began in December 2018. The class, run by Nicoletta Novara, an experienced photojournalist and long-term educator at the school, is made of 7 modules: history of photography, portrait, movement, using light(s), black and white, street photography, and editing. At the end of the workshop, students were given a disposable Kodak camera and the assignment of showing heir daily life outside Mazi.

The result is "Through Our Eyes", where students put what they learned in class into practice, while giving their personal interpretation to the assignment. These photos were all taken using techniques from their weekly photography class. They show us the daily reality and the emotional struggles of children trapped at the edge of Europe, at the mercy of geopolitical negotiations that take no account of their need to survive, to learn, to flourish, and to grow. We believe this is the most concrete and tangible way bringing attention to the impossible and inhumane situation that needs to change, now, and of letting students shows their world through their own eyes.

Many of the individuals and families depicted in these photos have fled political persecution and violent conflict in their homelands, and thus all of the images in this particular exhibition have been selected to preserve individual' anonymity.

-- from Through Our Eyes

Read more.

Where: Offit Gallery

When: 10/17 - 11/29


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Last Updated: 9:51 am, Wednesday, Nov 13 , 2019