March 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.

Read more about offerings in March!

Online Workshops

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

Introduction to Mendeley, Wednesday, 3/10, 4-5pm

Like Zotero, Mendeley is a tool for managing citations, and it may well be your first choice of software. Please join us for this workshop and find out! With just a few clicks, you will learn to generate references, citations, and bibliographies in a whole range of citation styles in this workshop.

Please rsvp via online support and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.

Cited Reference Searching, Wednesday, 3/17, 4-5pm

If you need to find the most highly cited articles and authors; are curious about who has cited you, or is writing on a similar topic; or wish to explore the impact factor for journals in your field, then join us! This workshop covers citation searches for scholarly journals, books, book series, reports, conferences, and much more. In this session you will learn some tips and tricks as discover your preferences in using key citation tools, namely: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, and ISI Journal Citation Reports.

Please rsvp via online support and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session. 

Scoping Reviews, Tuesday, 3/23, 4-5pm

This workshop focuses on strategies for conducting a scoping literature review, often adopted in research in the applied health sciences. We will focus on key medical databases, using a sample topic and take you through the process of finding preliminary information for assessment. Stay tuned for the follow up workshop, Systematic Reviews, that focuses on more rigorous methodology.

Please rsvp via online support and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session. 

K-12 Curriculum Resources, Wednesday, 3/24, 3-4pm

This workshop focuses on ways of finding K-12 children's books, textbooks, and other curriculum resources typically used in classrooms and available through the Gottesman Libraries. From children's awards winners to model history books to digitized courses of study, past and present, you'll become familiar with the depth and scope of the collections and see what may be most helpful to use in both teaching and research.

Please rsvp via online support and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session. 

Show Me the Money: Grant Seeking, Tuesday, 3/30, 3-4pm

The Spring may well be an optimal time to continue planning your research project, travel grant, or course load. This workshop provides useful advice on the grant seeking process. Offering tips and strategies in researching grant opportunities, we will focus on specific tools provided through the Foundation Center.

Please rsvp via online support and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.

Online Talks

Talks by leaders in the broad field of education cover a wide range of topics and build upon initiatives and offerings of the Gottesman Libraries and Teachers College, Columbia University. In March, virtual guest talks are linked to the programs of Warping the Future, with art commissioned through the Eugene E. Myers Charitable Trust, and Artvism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, a series of collaborative events with Adelphi University.

Warping the Future: In Conversation With Indira Allegra, Thursday, 3/4, 6:30-7:15pm

Following the opening of Warping the Future, the Gottesman Libraries' commissioned art, we are hosting a series of conversations with artists featured in this exhibit. “In Conversation With” explores the artist’s projects, their take on the relationship between craft and technology, and how their practice relates to this intersection.

Indira Allegra’s work explores memorial as a genre and a vital part of the human experience. Allegra re-imagines what a memorial can feel like and how it can function through the practices of performance, sculpture and installation. The three practices are intertwined - with sculptures at times initiating performances, performances creating sculptures and sculptures expanding into installation environments. Deeply informed by quiet, inner life and the ritual, relational and performative aspects of weaving, Allegra explores the repetitive crossing of forces held under tension be they material, social or emotional.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp here.

Artivism: Reflections on War (R.O.W.), with Julian McBride, Monday, 3/2, 6:45-8pm

Former Marine and graduate of Adelphi's Criminal Justice and Anthropology departments, Julian McBride is the founder of the non-profit Reflections on War (R.O.W. Initiative). Weaving heart wrenching accounts of war with his own experiences, Julian has created images that highlight the basic premise that all deserve dignity, respect and protection, and that a victim is more than just a statistic. The R.O.W. Initiative began as a student-initiated and -run anthropological field expedition that sought to establish a philanthropic wing for the victims of human conflict. In highlighting the catastrophic and devastating effects of these conflicts on the surrounding populations, Julian and his colleagues hope to both inform and shock the audience into action.

Julian McBride is a human rights officer at the United Nations and a forensic anthropologist. He oversees human rights abuses and war crimes in the Balkans and Middle East regions. Julian was a double major in Criminal Justice and Anthropology with a minor in Sociology at Adelphi University. Through independent research with Professor Stephanie Lake and Professor Argie Agelarakis while an undergraduate, Julian started his own non-profit, the Reflections of War Initiative, which tells the stories of the victims of war through art and research. Some of his accolades include serving as President of the Criminal Justice Club; presenting his research at NCUR at the University of Memphis; Adelphi Research Day honorable mention; voted Best Capstone in Anthropology in 2017; and induction into Lambda Alpha Honor Society. In his spare time, Julian writes for multiple journal and science outlets and recently co-published an article in the February edition of Ancient Origins Magazine. He is also a veteran of the US Marine Corps and served in Afghanistan.

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Artivism: Inspire...Empower...Implement, with Bake Back America, Monday, 3/8, 4-5pm

Bake Back America shares a powerful and motivating message that inspires the vision of social change for kindness and equality through creative ways of giving back.

This presentation will encompass videos, pictures and presentations that empower individuals to bring their creative concepts to life. T

  • Melissa Subin: Founder of Bake Back America, a former hall of fame tennis player uses her hard work and dedication to believe in the power of positive energy and taking action to make the world a better place.
  • Nicole Faber: She has joined forces with Bake Back America as an inspiring voice of social change for kindness though art. Her compassion and dedication is impacting the lives of so many children.
  • Caroline Faber: 14 creator of Craft with Me
  • Emma Klein: 17, creator of Joggers for Juniors
  • Abby Zaroff: 17, creator of The Candy Striper
  • Jessica Resnick-Ault-closing remarks: Melissa Subin, Nicole Faber, Caroline Faber, 14, creator of Craft with Me, Emma Klein, 17, creator of Joggers for Juniors, Abby Zaroff-17, creator of The Candy Striper, Jessica Resnick-Ault-closing remarks

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Artivism: Reimagining Human Rights, with Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, Monday, 3/15, 5:30-6:30pm

Join Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) as we explore and create simple art pieces as we reimagine 2021 and beyond through the intersection of arts and human rights activism (artivism) and the social imagination.We’ll be focusing on mass incarceration and immigration. ARTE works to amplify the voices of young people for human rights change through the visual arts.

Please have a few pieces of paper and pencils or markers or pens available.

Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario is the Founder and Executive Director of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), based out of New York City. As a committed human rights activist, artist, educator, and advocate for youth, Marissa launched ARTE in 2013 to help young people amplify their voices and organize for human rights change in their communities through the arts. Currently, Marissa serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York in the Art Education Department.

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Artivism: Cinema of Dreams, with Karlee Roberts, Monday, 3/22, 5:30-6:30pm

How do we use the power of social imagination in film to bolster community, identity, and a collective dreaming? This workshop breaks down how film consumption impacts global communities.   

Karlee Roberts is a bicoastal filmmaker known for working collaboratively with her sister as a duo. Their films have garnered awards at festivals nationwide, screened at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA and Director’s Guild of America in NYC, and were distributed in U.S. and European territories. Roberts focuses on telling empowering stories about underrepresented groups, often with strong yet vulnerable female protagonists. Her work has been showcased at the Museum of Tolerance NY & LA and she has spoken on various panels on filmmaking, including the Annapolis International. Film Festival’s Young Hollywood and the 30Under30‘s Women in Film panel in conjunction with the United Nations. She broke the record as the youngest graduate in Columbia University’s School of General Studies history.

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Artivism: Sing for Hope, with Monica Yunis & Camilla Zamora, Monday, 3/29, 4-5pm

Join Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora for a discussion on social imagination, universal creativity, radical welcome, and how the arts can help us create the world as it can, and must, be.

Artists play a key role in every social movement, lifting our voices, pens, brushes, and bodies to inspire, provoke, unite, and heal. What possibilities open up when we reframe our arts delivery systems to amplify our humanity, our commonality, our truths?

Using their unique talents as “social art-repreneurs,” Sing for Hope co-founders and internationally renowned sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora have unfurled an army of harmony via hundreds of artist-designed Sing for Hope Pianos in public spaces from the Bronx to Beirut, hospitals to refugee camps, empty streetscapes to the world’s busiest transit hubs.

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Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, is energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Courtney Weida, Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, and Carolina Cambronero-Varela.

"The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description

The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation offers multimodal events where presenters share how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to transform the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search of a more just society. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.

Book Talk: Micro-Reflection on Classroom Communication: A FAB Framework, with Sarah Creider, Tuesday, 3/30, 4-5pm

Please join co-author Sarah Creider in a discussion of Micro-Reflection On Classroom Communication: A FAB-Framework (Sheffield, South Yorkshire ; Bristol, CT: Equinox Publishing LTD, 2020)

"Traditional concerns with classroom communication have centered on questions such as who talks more, whether the interaction is teacher-centered or student-centered, whether participation is restricted to a few or available to all, what kinds of questions teachers ask, and what kinds of feedback they give. These indicators provide a simple and useful way of capturing classroom communication in distributional and categorical terms. Less attention has been devoted to observing and understanding the quality of this communication — whether it facilitates learning regardless of, for example, who talks more.

Based on over a decade of fine-grained analysis of video-recorded ESL classroom interaction, this book offers a way of seeing and gauging the quality of classroom communication beyond distributions and categories. It invites reflective conversations on how three principles of skillful classroom communication - Fostering, Attending, and Balancing - may be practiced in the micro-moments of classroom interaction."

(Publisher's Description)

Sarah Chepkirui Creider is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Creider completed her Ed'D at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2016, with her dissertation, Encouraging Student Participation In a French-Immersion Kindergarten Class: A Multimodal, Conversation Analytic Study. She has published numerous scholarly articles in the field. Micro-Reflection On Classroom Communication: A FAB-Framework, is her first book, co-authored by Dr. Hansun Zhang Waring.

Hansun Zhang Waring is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University and founder of LANSI.

Please rsvp using this link. Join the book talk here.

Book Talk: The Education We Need for a Future We Can't Predict, with Thomas Hatch, Jordan Corson, and Sarah Gerth van den Berg, Wednesday, 3/31, 4-5pm

Please join us for a book talk with Thomas Hatch, Jordan Corson, and Sarah Gerth van den Berg on their recent publication, The Education We Need for a Future We Can't Predict, published by Corwin Press (2021).This book "focuses on efforts to create more powerful learning experiences both inside and outside schools in developed and developing contexts", and discussion will moderated by colleague Daniel Friedrich who will welcome guests and introduce the co-authors.

In order for educational systems to change, we must reevaluate deep-seated beliefs about learning, teaching, schooling, and race that perpetuate inequitable opportunities and outcomes. Hatch, Corson, and Gerth van den Berg challenge the narrative when it comes to the “grammar of schooling”— or the conventional structures, practices, and beliefs that define educational experiences for so many children—to cast a new vision of what school could be.

The book addresses current systemic problems and solutions as it:

  • Highlights global examples of successful school change
  • Describes strategies that improve educational opportunities and performance
  • Explores promising approaches in developing new learning opportunities
  • This provocative book approaches education reform by highlighting what works, while also demonstrating what can be accomplished if we redefine conventional schools."

-- Publisher's description

The authors will be introduced by Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Friedrich's scholarly research includes the politics of schooling and of teacher education, particularly with a focus on Latin America.

Thomas Hatch is Director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, & Teaching (NCREST) and Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Hatch's research interests include studies of school improvement at the school, district, and national levels; educational leadership and change; high-performing education systems; teacher research; and human development. He earned an EdD from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and has authored numerous articles and scholarly publications.

Jordan Corson is an alumnus of Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching in 2020, with a dissertation entitled, "Undocumented Educations: Everyday Educational Practices of Recently Immigrated Youth Beyond Inclusion/Exclusion." Dr. Corson has served as a Student Teacher Supervisor at Hunter College since 2015. He also holds a MA in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College and MS in Education from Hunter College.

Sarah Gerth van den Berg is a current doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University where she also serves as an Instructor and Course Assistant. As a curriculum designer, Sarah creates freelance curriculum projects for schools, museums, cultural institutions, and public spaces.

Please rsvp by Tuesday, March 30th with your interest and details. Join the book talk using this link.

A free publisher's copy will be raffled off or given to the first attendee!

Watch the February 2021 podcast with Thomas Hatch, as interviewed by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of the learning design firm, GettingSmart.

Online 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 Cafe News postings on the library blog.

Prynce Hopkins Is Born, Friday, 3/5

Ghandi Begins the Salt March, Friday, 3/12

Marion Vera Cuthbert Is Born, Monday, 3/15

Agnes Martin Is Born, Monday, 3/22

Online Book Displays

Staff Picks: 2nd Annual Book Pot Luck

At the start of the Spring 2020 semester, we launched our most collaborative Staff Picks collection of all time: the Book Potluck. The curation was carried out by fifteen library staff members across areas of expertise with the goal of increasing the visibility of those who serve the Teachers College community and the diverse skillset it takes to power a library. We agreed that we should make a habit of sharing our favorite books from the collection. Just one year later, we couldn't have imagined how important a sense of unity would be. The ways we provide our services have changed, but we remain dedicated to helping our students, staff, and faculty find exactly what they need. We're proud to present this sampling from our smorgasbord of ebooks!

-- Rachel Altvater, Assistant Librarian for Research and Information

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

Everett Cafe: Digital Extremism

Our next Everett Cafe book display explores digital extremism, both violent and nonviolent forms of political expression facilitated through use of digital medium, often social media. While gaming and dating sites may be used to encourage individuals -- youth among them -- to meet up, adopt extreme views, and engage in violent activity, the Internet serves to accelerate the process by enabling communication without physical contact. In an unsettled time marked by the effects of global pandemic, social distancing, loss of employment, and racial injustices, individuals may be swept into extreme or radical ways of thinking and acting, only as technology companies continue to reap benefits.

In the wake of January's unprecedented attack on our nation's capital, a riot that disrupted Congress from formalizing the 2020 presidential election results, we feature titles that address the topic of digital extremism from different angles. From how social media shapes influence, to the very concept of radical technologies, we seek to encourage educational awareness and deeper conversation about the darkening forces of cyberspace.

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

Online Exhibit: Warping the Future

Warping the Future: How Craft Led To the Digital World As We Know It, is an interactive exhibition that explores the history of crafting and the history of computing. It is presented in three stations: "Humans as Machines" exploring the history of weaving by interacting with a variety of looms, including the backstrap loom, warp-weighted loom, tapestry loom, floor loom, and Jacquard loom; visitors will learn about the origin of weaving, how ancient societies used them and which materials they weaved with. "Humans Automating Machines" delves into the "punch card way" as the core intersection between programmed computers and looms; visitors are exposed to the origins of programming by learning the logic behind the punch cards. In "Machines as Humans", viewers can search for curated collection of projects that illustrate more contemporary connections between ancient and new technologies.

Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya is a Peruvian creative producer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Francesca is a Lead Teacher in NYC First where she develops curriculum, manage a Maker Space and teach STEAM related subjects to low income communities. Her workshops include Creativity Lab at Brooklyn Museum and Tangible Data in Ahmedabad, India. Francesca earned an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, a BA in Communication from the University of Lima, and a Diploma in Audiovisual Education from the University of Salamanca.

Renata de Carvalho Gaui is a Brazilian designer, artist, and creative technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. A "jill of all trades within art, design, and technology," Renata has engaged in numerous projects with positive educational impact, including Beyond Punch Cards, Weaving to Code, Coding to Weave; and The Art of Living, the 2018 Myers Fund Art Commission. She holds an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a BFA in Design and Digital Media from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

The final guest talk with participating artists will be conducted Thursday, March 4th, 6:30-7:15pm via video conference.


Made possible by a trust founded by Colonel Eugene Myers, which funds art education initiatives at Teachers College, the Gottesman Libraries Art Commission has brought relevant art content to the patrons of the Gottesman Libraries for many years. The aim of the Gottesman Libraries Art Commission is to create art experiences in the library that present themes of education, learning, and libraries through innovative work. In the last few years an effort to incorporate interaction and technology has been made in order to expose audiences to ideas and methods that are not part of traditional educational curriculum.

Highlighted Databases: Digital Technologies

In March, we highlight resources that inform study and research in the field of digital technologies, including electronic tools, systems, devices, and resources that generate, store or process data, including social media, online games, multimedia and mobile phones while reflecting top trends as their application to teaching and learning. Consider how artificial Intelligence (AI); machine Learning; Robotic Process Automation (RPA); Edge Computing; Quantum Computing; Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality; Blockchain; Internet of Things (IoT;) and 5G technology relate to education. Read more on the library's news page.


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Last Updated: 11:02 am, Thursday, Mar 18 , 2021