May Newsletter: Education Program

The Gottesman Libraries

Ed Prpgram LogoThe 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 May!

Online Workshops

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

So You're Alumni!, Thursday, 5/6, 4-5pm

Congratulations to Teachers College graduates! As you begin your new journey, this workshop paves the way to continuing research as it highlights resources available to you as alumni. We will cover how to access and navigate a wide range of journals and databases in all academic disciplines, and we'll also provide an overview of additional services, such as borrowing, events, and digital archives.

Please rsvp by Wednesday, May 5th, and we'll follow up with a link to the session.

Orientation to Resources & Services,Tuesday, 5/11, 4-5pm

Welcome Summer A students! This workshop introduces library resources and services, allowing you to become familiar with everything Gottesman has to offer as you begin your studies at Teachers College. From catalogs, databases, and federated searching, to Ask a Librarian (online support and chat), research consultations, paging and pick up, and scanning for personal use, you'll learn to smartly use the library.

Please rsvp by Monday, May 10th, and we'll follow up with a link to the session.

The Literature Review, Thursday, 5/27, 4-5pm

An essential step in the process of writing a thesis or dissertation, or any paper for publication, the Literature Review requires that you read and critique articles, books, and other sources that have already been written on your topic. You'll learn to navigate and evaluate the best way to focus your research, allowing you to contribute to the scholarly body of literature. In this handy workshop, we'll focus on the narrative literature review, and cover scoping and systematic reviews in subsequent workshops.

Please rsvp by Wednesday, May 26th, and we'll follow up with a link 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.

Guest Talk: Deaf Music Project Documentary, with Julia Silvestri and Yiru Chen, Monday, 5/3, 5-6pm

Presenters will briefly outline the history of the Deaf Music Project at Teachers College, and provide a summary of the music concert and conference events over the past two years and the recent deaf music research collaborative; they will showcase a documentary about music classes at a school for the deaf. The event will conclude with discussion about future directions for music as a tool for language and social emotional learning.

Julia Silvestri is an adjunct assistant professor in the Program for Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked as an educator and administrator in a range of schools for the deaf and public school programs in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Through her work at Teachers College, she has led and expanded the award winning ASL Club and Deaf Music Project over a period of six years; and was awarded the Faculty Advisor of the Year award for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Yiru Chen is an award-winning film director and poet. Born and raised inShanghai, China, she graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Film and Television production and minors in Psychology and American Sign Language. Currently, Yiru is pursuing her master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. Her short film <Handscape> starred non-professional actors from the Shanghai Deaf community while addressing a hard of hearing boy's love for music and desire to dance despite his mother's outright disapproval. Yiru remains an advocate for sign language education and arts, as well as accessibility in both countries.

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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 mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.

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.

Virginia Woolf Publishes To the Lighthouse, Wednesday, 5/5

Jenner Administers the First Vaccination Against Smallpox, Friday, 5/14

Brown vs. Board of Education Is Decided, Monday, 5/17

The Brooklyn Bridge Opens, Monday, 5/24

Online Book Displays

Staff Picks: Global Finance and Development

"The architecture of our global financial system is an important area of study for anyone concerned with the welfare and prosperity of the world's population. These books discuss the history of the creation of our current system -- one in which global trade and finance is centered around and dependent on the dollar -- as well as problems faced in the developing world in acquiring these dollars without potentially volatile capital outflows that render them financially insolvent. Many of the books cover U.S. monetary policy and the Federal Reserve, since the Fed and its policies effectively determine the value of the dollar and international confidence in its ability to act, de facto, as a global currency. Other books discuss trade and industrial policy in developing countries and their successes and failures in generating economic prosperity and mitigating financial crises."

--Joseph Edwards, Library Associate

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

Everett Cafe: Understanding Vaccines

In a recent interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the President, said, "It would be terrible, with a tool as good as that, if people don't utilize that tool." Meaning, vaccines.

Thanks to strong governmental support and advances in medical research, more and more Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID 19, a viral disease which has claimed roughly 600,000 lives in our nation, and 2.92 million, worldwide. Despite the growth of variant strains of the virus, vaccination with a goal of "herd immunity" remains our best option for beating the global pandemic which began in 2019 and altered our daily lives-- from whom we see and what we do, to how we work and learn.

Understanding Vaccines takes a look at the history of immunization, from the eighteenth century to the present day; the controversies, myths, and fears that have ensued; and the future of inoculation as a public health imperative grounded in the broadest form of education: our experience and knowledge. While smallpox, polio, and measles have been eradicated through widespread immunization, infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites remain, along with the need for continuing research, tailored communication, and optimal access to vaccines.

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.

Highlighted Databases: Resources for Alumni

In May we feature databases available to all Teachers College alumni, allowing free continuation of your research journey, with pursuit of lifelong learning. Read more on the library's news page.


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Last Updated: 2:27 pm, Tuesday, May 4 , 2021