December 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.

The Lit Review, Revisited, Thursday, 12/12, 3-4pm

We are into finals, and you may be finishing up a paper or researching for your proposal. So, it is never too late to review the possible ways to conduct a good literature review! In so doing, you will become acquainted with key tools and strategies for tackling your topic, and also develop your search preferences as you grapple with the universe of information.

An essential step in the process of writing a thesis or dissertation, or any paper for publication, the lit review asks that you read and critique articles, books, and other sources that have already been written on your topic or related topics. You are required to find sources and evaluate the best way to focus your research so that you can contribute to a body of scholarly literature.

Please rsvp with your details no later than Tuesday, December 10th.

Where: 104b Russell

Guest Talks:

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

Educating the Heart Mindfully, with Linda Lantieri, Tuesday, 12/3, 5-6:15pm

Topic: Educating the Heart Mindfully: Cultivating Social and Emotional Learning through a Mindfulness Perspective: What It Is, Why We Need It, and How We Can Promote It

This presentation will address how adults and children can actively cultivate the pro-social and mental qualities that nurture social and emotional learning for oneself and others. We will discuss how the processes of attention, emotional balance, and relationship building contribute towards making the embodiment and expression of improved emotional intelligence a trainable skill that can be developed. We will focus on practices that can build inner strength and greater resiliency in both adults and children as they deal with high- stress environments and uncertain times.

By making social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of a child’s educational experience, research has found that we can successfully address the deeply intertwined academic, social, and emotional needs of students, as well as the near-overwhelming demands on teachers’ time and talents. In this presentation we will:

  • Identify the key principles and skills of emotional intelligence from a mindfulness perspective and explore our strengths and challenges in relation to our own EQ.
  • Discuss opportunities for schools and other educational settings to nurture children’s social, emotional, and ethical development.

Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field of education for almost 50 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and presently adjunct faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Contemplative Teaching and Learning. Linda has recently cofounded the Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL) Program for educational leaders interested in integrating Mindfulness and Social, Emotional & Ethical Learning through an equity lens in the service of systematic change. She is also one of the co-founders of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Linda is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and books including editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).

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

Where: 306 Russell

Opening Gallery Talk: Where We're From, with Tia Dorsey and the Columbia Chinese Calligraphy Club, Thursday, 12/5, 7-9pm

“Carry-outs are an active fight against displacement just through their very existence.”

In collaboration with Dorsey Photos, Nayion Design, Columbia Chinese Calligraphy Club, The Gottesman Libraries, Arts Administration Program, and the Office of Student Affairs at Teachers College, Student Advocates for the Arts invites you to a “carry-out” reception for the opening of Tia Dorsey's and CCC's exhibition Where We're From.

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.

Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World, with Carmen Mercado, Wednesday, 12/11, 4-5pm

"This conversation begins by drawing comparisons between the principles of the new Teacher Education Program at Teachers College, that are strikingly similar to those that have guided my individual approach to teacher preparation over a 40-year trajectory:

A deep commitment to meeting the needs of all learners by recognizing their capacities and challenges;

Preparing teachers to be deliberate and reflective decision-makers

Shaping quality teaching by focusing on content and community

I will share examples of how I bring these principles to life as we begin to explore how these principles are/may be enacted differently mindful of the range of differences that are included in context-specificity.

We will explore how these principles may shape innovations in teacher education differently in different contexts, specifically in Teachers’ College new teacher education program."

-- Carmen Mercado

Carmen Mercado was the last of two Latinx full Professors of Puerto Rican origin to retire from the Hunter College School of Education in 2011, a trajectory that began in 1969 as an elementary classroom teacher in a small community school, an experiment designed to address the neglected instructional needs of Spanish-Speaking American citizens born in Puerto Rican and African American children whose parents valued instruction in two languages. In 1977, Dr, Mercado accepted a position as “curriculum specialist” in the new Bilingual Teacher Preparation Programs at Hunter College, and soon awarded a federal fellowship for doctoral studies in the new field of bilingual education. A Ph.D. in biliteracy and teaching experience, led to a full-time faculty position in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, where she approached teaching and research as a collaborative project that promoted reflective practice and built on resources of local communities, shaped by experiences as a child, as a student and as an educator as she describes in, “Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED) which is co-directed by Professors Mariana Souto Manning of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Viv Ellis of King's College London.

Please rsvp by Monday, December 9th to assure a seat.

Where: 306 Russell

Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts, with Jennifer Lena, Monday, 12/16, 3-4:30pm

"Two centuries ago, wealthy entrepreneurs founded the American cathedrals of culture―museums, theater companies, and symphony orchestras―to mirror European art. But today’s American arts scene has widened to embrace multitudes: photography, design, comics, graffiti, jazz, and many other forms of folk, vernacular, and popular culture. What led to this dramatic expansion? In Entitled, Jennifer Lena shows how organizational transformations in the American art world―amid a shifting political, economic, technological, and social landscape―made such change possible.

By chronicling the development of American art from its earliest days to the present, Lena demonstrates that while the American arts may be more open, they are still unequal. She examines key historical moments, such as the creation of the Museum of Primitive Art and the funneling of federal and state subsidies during the New Deal to support the production and display of culture. Charting the efforts to define American genres, styles, creators, and audiences, Lena looks at the ways democratic values helped legitimate folk, vernacular, and commercial art, which was viewed as nonelite. Yet, even as art lovers have acquired an appreciation for more diverse culture, they carefully select and curate works that reflect their cosmopolitan, elite, and moral tastes."

-- Book Description

Jennifer C. Lena is Associate Professor of Arts Administration, with Courtesy Appointment in Sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is Co-Editor of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media, and the Arts and also of Culture and Economic Life book series (Stanford University Press). Lena earned her B.A. (1996) as a dual major in English and Sociology/Anthropology from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (2003). She has worked at Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, Barnard College, the Berlin School of Creative Leadership (Steinbeis), and Columbia University. Her academic research focuses on classification systems, specifically the conditions that facilitate the proliferation or contraction of categories into which art works are sorted. Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music is her first book, and was published by Princeton University Press in early 2012. Her second book, Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts, was published September 3, 2019.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, December 12th.

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!

Wadsworth Strings, Thursday, 12/5, 5-6:30pm

The Wadsworth Strings Ensemble features music for classical strings, from the symphonies of Mozart and Haydn, to well known arias from the operas of Puccini and Bizet. You may hear a selection of continental Viennese waltzes and French cabaret. Musicians of The Claremont Strings Ensemble have performed collectively at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout the Northeast, playing a diverse range of symphonic and chamber music, eclectic jazz, and gypsy swing. Wadsworth Strings, emanating from the Washington Heights area, is a division of Claremont Strings, founded by Vivian Penham, a graduate of the Juilliard School and Columbia University.

TC Ensemble, Tuesday, 12/10, 6-7pm

This is a special year-end musical performance by music students under the teaching and direction of Professor Jeanne Goffi-Fynn,


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.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Tuesday, 12/3

Donald Byrd Is Born, Monday, 12/9

Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" Premiers, Friday, 12/20

Everett News Cafe: Just Peachy!, through January

In the history of our nation only two presidents have ever been impeached: Andrew Johnson, for violating the Tenure of Office Act, and Bill Clinton, for perjury and obstruction of justice. Both were later acquitted by the United States Senate. Although other presidents have been threatened with impeachment, only two have faced formal impeachment inquiries in the House of Representatives: Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could be impeached as a consequence of the Watergate scandal, and Donald Trump, primarily under investigation for his dealings with the Ukraine and its influence on elections.

Just Peachy! explores the history of impeachment and its implications and controversies within the broad political spectrum. Included are educational resources that inform the process and call us to take a stand, as we weigh the gravity of this matter which is all over the news.

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: 2019 Children's Award Winners

"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.

Featured Databases: Holidays and Celebrations

Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa are approaching, as festive garlands once again decorate the halls of Teachers College. We feature databases that cover the literature of holidays and celebrations as they reflect the study and teaching of curriculum, family, culture, and religion. Read more on the library's news feed.

Exhibit: Where We're From, by Tia Dorsey and the Columbia Chinese Calligraphy Club

“Carry-outs are an active fight against displacement just through their very existence.”

As Modele Oyewole once stated in Complex magazine, “America may run on Dunkin’, but the heart of Washington D.C. beats to Chinese carryouts.” For decades, carry-outs have been a staple in urban cities like Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY, creating a hub for young, Black kids to eat or hang-out.

In Washington, DC specifically, carry-outs have become cultural landmarks in Black neighborhoods. However, as the city continues to experience high rates of displacement within majority Black neighborhoods, not only are carry-outs at stake, but so is DC’s title as a Chocolate City. As a result, Where We’re From specifically aims to protect these culturally-rich infrastructures from gentrification through a curated photographic journey of belonging, reminding us that infrastructures may disappear, but an individual’s story and experience may never be forgotten.

Tia Dorsey is an artist, curator, and photographer from Washington, DC. Dorsey is currently in her second year of her master’s program in arts administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work, including the black & white photography series, what once was, focuses on dismantling preconceived notions regarding the presence of black bodies in changing spaces that were originally shaped by and for them. Ultimately, Dorsey aims to protect these spaces through her work, culminating in a master’s thesis that is designed to serve as a call to action for the proper preservation of localized black culture. 

Nayion Perkins is a content strategist from Washington D.C., who graduated from West Virginia University in May 2018, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communications. Nayion holds a diverse background in media that includes working for newspapers, radio stations, and independent publications. His various creative roles include writer, layout editor, social media strategist, content curator, press fellow and designer. Additionally, he works as a clothing designer, social media strategist and event planner for his co-founded brand “The Pack.”

Chinese Calligraphy Club Artists include:

  • Xinyuan Zhu
  • Wuyue Chen
  • Ziwei Cheng
  • Jingyi Wang
  • Yumeng Zhang
  • Jingyi Pan
  • Qianhe Ji
  • Fei Wang
  • Juye Wang
  • Wen Lei

This exhibit is presented by Student Advocates for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Arts Administration Program.

Where: Offit Gallery

When: 12/5 - 2/17; Opening: Thursday, 12/5, 7-9pm, Russell 306


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Last Updated: 9:19 am, Monday, Dec 16 , 2019