September 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 below about offerings in September.


Welcome new and returning students! Fall Term is upon us, and we are excited to be back on campus with a full range of offerings! We invite you to become acquainted with the variety of library resources and services by joining us for a friendly, informative walk through to see mixed-use reading and group rooms; collaborative and quiet study spaces; Everett Cafe; the Stacks; and more.

Tuesday, September 7, 4pm

Wednesday, September 8, 12noon

Thursday, September 9, 2pm

Friday, September, 10am

Monday, September 13, 3pm

Tuesday, September 14, 4pm

Wednesday, September 15, 1pm

Thursday, September 16, 11am

Friday, September 17, 12noon

Open to members and affiliated members of Teachers College, all tours meet at the First Floor Library Services Desk, and last approximately 45 minutes. 

You may rsvp in advance of a particular tour, indicating details via online support. If you’d like to join us at another time, please let us know and we will gladly arrange.


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

Research Basics: Educat+ Powered By Primo VE, Thursday, 9/9, 4-5pm

Our new library catalog, Educat+ (the definitive record of library holdings at Teachers College, Columbia University), is powered by Primo VE, a patron-facing discovery layer that lets you search seamlessly for everything in our collection and more: books, journals, articles, curriculum, children’ literature, and institutional materials. Our resources reflect the depth and breadth of academic programs as they support teaching, learning, and research in education, health, and the applied health sciences. They include many specialized collections that date from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, as well as additional resources that we can acquire, whether through purchase or interlibrary loan.

This workshop introduces you to Educat+, with tips and tricks for searching and navigating your way to full text, images, and much more.

Please rsvp with your interest and details for this session by Wednesday, September 8th.

Research Tools and Strategies, Wednesday, 9/15, 4-5pm

Overwhelmed by the maze of information? Can't get hold of a certain journal article? Where do you turn for help on your first paper? This session covers the A-Z of research, guiding you through essential library resources, solid construction of searches, useful Google tips, the road to full text, and much more.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, September 14th.

Exploring Research: Educat+ Powered by Primo VE, Thursday, 9/16, 4-5pm

Exploring Research takes you on a journey through a wealth of information as provided through Educat+, the Gottesman Libraries' recently enhanced catalog which is powered by Primo VE, a new discovery layer. You can explore books and media, articles, chapter, children's literature, curriculum, and much more; search for anything; do an advanced search using boolean logic and filters; and apply additional criteria, including language and year of publication. You can view materials online, as well as browse the virtual shelf, connect to a librarian at Gottesman, and utilize other features that aid the research process.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, September 15th.

Research Options: Educat+ Powered By Primo VE, Tuesday, 9/21, 4-5pm

Research Options introduces you to different ways of searching Educat+, the new catalog of the Gottesman Libraries. Powered by Primo VE, discovery of research resources has never been more robust or easy to navigate. Learn how to optimize your research experience by using scoping features, facets, and other options that streamline the process to provide enhanced access to materials held at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as other libraries.

Rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, September 20th.

What Kind of Researcher Are You?, Thursday, 9/23, 4-5pm

Are you... a Googler ... Browser... Reserve Reader... Federated Searcher..? Maybe one or combination, depending on what you need, where you are, and your time on hand.

What Kind of Researcher Are You? explores different approaches to finding research and information. We will advise on search strategy, tools, and any questions you may as you begin your research or tackle your topic.

Please rsvp no later than Wednesday, September 22nd, and include a brief note of your research interests, program, and/or department.

The Literature Review, Tuesday, 9/28, 4-5pm

A review of literature is an essential step in the process of writing a thesis or dissertation, or any paper for publication. It asks that you read and critique articles, books, and other sources that have already been written on your topic or related topics. In the process, 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. We will focus on locating the sources you need to conduct your review of the literature, and offer a few pointers to the next steps.

Please rsvp with your interest and details for this session by Monday, September 27th.

Research Advanced: Educat+ Powered by Primo VE, Wednesday, 9/29, 4-5pm

Research Advanced focuses on using Boolean logic to construct a good search strategy, fine tuning your results; and using additional search features to find what you need, whether you're writing a paper; thesis, or dissertation. Truncation, quotations, wild cards, and other tips in smart searching will be presented, taking you beyond simple keyword searching to maximize your success in research.

Please rsvp with your interest and details for this session by Tuesday, September 28th.

All workshops meet in 306 Russell.


The Gottesman Libraries sponsors talks by leaders in education, psychology, and the applied health sciences to recognize and celebrate scholarly work of interest to the Teachers College community.

Online Book Talk: Class Dismissed, with Kevin M. McIntosh, interviewed by Bruce Henderson, Tuesday, 9/14, 4-5pm

Please join us for a discussion of Class Dismissed (Regal House Publishing, July, 2021) with author and Teachers College alumn Kevin M. McIntosh (M.A. '95), as interviewed by Bruce Henderson, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies, Ithaca College. '"'Student Gives Teacher the Finger' screams the Post headline after Patrick Lynch shuts––slams?––his classroom door on the hand of Josh Mishkin, the learning-disabled son of two NYU professors. Josh’s injury casts Patrick, thirty-year-old son of the Midwest, down a New York City rabbit hole of Board of Ed bureaucracy and union politics. Transformed into an unwilling celebrity by his fellow inmates in that teacher purgatory, the Rubber Room, Mr. Lynch is suddenly more “at risk” than any of his students. Now he must fight his way back to his classroom at Marcus Garvey High School and reclaim the affections of his social worker fiancée, all while wrestling the legend of his late father, Superintendent Lynch, the pride of Peterson’s Prairie, Minnesota.

Set during the “Ed Reform” wars of the 1990s, Class Dismissed offers a fresh lens on the urban teacher tale: an intimate view of teaching and learning, each classroom its own ecosystem, the eye of its own little storm. Seen through the warm and humorous eyes of Patrick Lynch, the crucible of inner-city education, with its stew of race, class and political tensions, provides a portrait of love and loss, a surprising path to self-discovery, and a belated coming-of-age."

-- book description

Writer and educator Kevin M. McIntosh has a thirty-year career which spans New York City, Oakland and Greater Boston. Class Dismissed, his debut novel, raises such issues as urban versus suburban teaching and race and class equity in the classroom. Kevin’s short stories, many dealing with the teaching life, have appeared in the American Literary ReviewBeloit Fiction Journal, Chicago Tribune, Jabberwock Review, Potomac Review, and elsewhere. Stories conceived during residencies at Ragdale and Blue Mountain Center were nominated for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize. Visit him at

Kevin M. McIntosh will be joined in conversation with Bruce Henderson, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Ithaca College, where he taught for over three decades. Dr. Henderson is the author or co-author of three college-level textbooks, two in performance studies and one in queer studies, and is past editor-in-chief of Text and Performance Quarterly and Disability Studies Quarterly. He is recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Performance Studies Scholarship from the National Communication Association, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Performance Studies Division of that association.

Please rsvp with your interest and details no later than Monday, September 13th, and a confirmation with Zoom link will be provided.

Online Book Talk: Teaching with the HEART in Mind: A Complete Educator’s Guide to Social Emotional Learning, with Lorea Martínez Pérez, Monday, 9/20, 4-5pm

Let us warmly congratulate Dr. Lorea Martínez Pérez on her recent publication, Teaching with the HEART in Mind (Brisca Publishing, February, 2021). Within, Dr. Martínez Pérez "provides a comprehensive roadmap to understanding the psychology of emotions, relationships, and adversity in learning, while equipping you to teach SEL skills and develop social and emotional intelligence for yourself and your students. Full of practical techniques for educators of all subjects, this is your guide for transforming your classroom through essential SEL principles."

-- book description

Dr. Martínez Pérez is the award-winning founder of HEART in Mind Consulting, a company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning in their practices, products, and learning communities. She has worked with schools, districts, and organizations to guide SEL implementation efforts, including training teachers and leadership teams, and provided guidance to educational technology and media companies to help them integrate SEL in their products. An Adjunct Professor, SPA|NOLA and SPAINYC at Teachers College.Columbia University, she received her Doctor of Philosophy, magna cum laude, in Quality and Innovation in Education from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2014, she was awarded the American Education Research Association Graduate Student Award for Excellence in SEL Research from the SEL Special Interest Group. 

Please rsvp with your interest and details no later than Friday, September 17th, and a confirmation with Zoom link will be provided.

Online Book Talk: Toward Sustainability Through Digital Technologies and Practices in the Eurasian Region, with Judith Parker & Gainiya Tazhina, Thursday, 9/30, 9-10am

Dr. Judith Parker and Dr. Gainiya Tazhina join us from New York and Kazakhastan to discuss their book Toward Sustainability Through Digital Technologies and Practices in the Eurasian Region (IGI Global, 2020).

"In today’s modernized world, implementing technology into the infrastructures of communities has become a common custom. The idea of digital economy has proven to be an efficient, dynamic, and highly adaptable mode of performance, and regions across the globe have begun applying these digital approaches to their populated foundation. One region of the world that has recently begun using modern technologies is Eurasia. As they continue their technological transition from “theory” to “practice,” significant research is needed on the emergence of sustainability in these countries.

Toward Sustainability Through Digital Technologies and Practices in the Eurasian Region is a pivotal reference source that provides vital research on the implementation of digital initiatives within Eurasian countries and their social and economic principles. While highlighting topics such as educational technologies, mobile applications, and sustainable business, this publication explores the cultural aspects and social interaction of digital applications within this region of the world. This book is ideally designed for economists, IT professionals, educators, researchers, social scientists, policymakers, academicians, and students."

-- book description

Judith Parker is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University and alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D, M.A.). M.S. degree in physics from Purdue University in Indiana, and a B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Notre Dame College in Ohio. Dr. Parker has over 20 years experience in leadership positions within business organizations emerging into the global market and has been instrumental in leading them toward becoming global learning organizations. She has worked extensively with technical managers and technical employees in Asia and Europe in leadership education and training and technical employee skill development. Dr. Parker’s academic experience includes teaching adult learning and leadership theory and practice, staff development and training, and organizational development, in graduate programs at Teachers College/ Columbia University and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota using totally on-line format, totally classroom format, and blended delivery. She also teaches college physics and astronomy at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. 

Gainiya Tazhina, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Social Economic Sciences at the University of International Business (UIB), Kazakhstan, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. Her research interests lie in the area of social psychological issues, ranging from theory to design to implementation. In recent years, she has focused on leadership, career development, youth identity and nationwide e-learning initiatives. Gainiya has collaborated actively with researchers from other states and institutions. She has been awarded with the OSI Faculty Development Fellowship at the Columbia University in the NYC (2009-2012). Gainiya has been selected to give the Erasmus Mundus Lectures on Leadership organized by the partner universities UIB in Almaty and the Kozminsky University in Warsaw (2017). Gainiya has lead over thirty workshops and training programs for various businesses. 

Please rsvp with your interest and details no later than Wednesday, September 29th, and a confirmation with Zoom link will be provided.

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

Online Guest Talk: Sensory Safety in an Art Museum, with Alexander Sorokin, Monday, 9/20, 4-5pm

Multiple risks of sensory overload make a museum visit for people with low sensory threshold and hypersensitivity difficult if not impossible. 

The talk will introduce the concept of sensory safety for museum inclusion and present the ways to ensure a safe visit for individuals with autism and other conditions that can be associated with sensory challenges.

Alexander Sorokin holds a PhD in neurobiology and has published in the fields of human visual and auditory perception, physiology of developmental disorders, and psychodiagnostics of autism. In addition to his research affiliations with the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, and the Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, he is active in the area of museum accessibility, serving as the inclusion and diversity consultant at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. His upcoming publication “Three Guided Tours” addresses provisions for people with autism, intellectual disability, and dementia in an art museum.

Click here to register.

Online Talk / Workshop: Theatre As A Tool For Social Change Fundraising, with Alyssa Wright, Monday, 9/27, 5-6pm

All attendees leave with new ways to integrate the arts into their fundraising mechanisms and programs plus, learn simple and powerful ways to have meaningful conversations with broader philanthropy about funding and fueling the arts for social change.

Alyssa Wright is a sought-after coach and consultant to donors and nonprofit organizations all across the globe. With over a decade of experience in funding and fueling social change, Alyssa is driven to put resources in the places where they can make the deepest and most effective impact. She embraces an abundance mindset, encourages her clients to do the same, and has mobilized over $40 million with dozens of leaders over the course of her career. With a background in the theatre arts, Alyssa uses the arts as a tool for social change and because of such, is a sought-after facilitator and teacher for many philanthropic communities who seek to activate their imaginations and drive social good. A regular contributor to Forbes Women, Global Giving, and Network for Good, Alyssa is fiercely committed to sharing the stories that donors and nonprofits alike need to hear in order to authentically collaborate and connect to create a more just world.

Click here to register.


The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. "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

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.

Elias Howe Patents the Sewing Machine, Thursday, 9/9

Constitution Day, Friday, 9/17

Tolkien Publishes The Hobbit, Tuesday, 9/21

Sir Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin, Tuesday, 9/28

Book Displays

We are pleased to host the following curated book displays that draw upon special and current topics of significance to teaching, learning, and research.

Staff Picks: (Re)starting, through September

The start of a new school year always brings up certain feelings. With new people to meet, new schedules to memorize, new academic challenges to face, our proverbial plates are full. After so long apart, and with so many people joining the Teachers College community this fall, where do we begin? As with any great research endeavor, you may want to start with the library. Whether you are just starting your time at TC or returning to your pursuits, we hope that this collection helps you ease into a new semester. We're here to share this journey with you.."

-- Rachel Altvater, 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.

Where: Second Floor

Rocketship Launch: New and Now

Looking for a new read? Integrating exciting titles into your lesson plans? Building a curriculum for today's young learners? Blast off with the latest and greatest! Books on our "Rocketship" shelves are all award-winning and honoree titles for children's, middle grade, and young adult readers to bring into your orbit.

Rocketship displays are curated by Rachel Altvater, Library Associate.

Where: Second Floor

Everett Cafe: Digging the Earth, Tending the Soil

Fall is a time of harvest, the process of gathering crops for food that feeds a world population now nearing eight billion human beings, a number that may be considered the peak of sustainability. Prompted by insects that destroy crops, conventional farming sought to create adequate, if not abundant food supply through the use of chemical pesticides, such as DDT and boric acid, and chemical fertilizers, such as urea and sodium nitrate. As agribusiness grew, it embraced genetically modified organisms to attract consumers to larger, more colorful produce -- attaching a greater price tag to the planet: greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, and water pollution, among other environmental issues threatening human health.

Recently, conversations about organic farming have centered on greenhouse gas emissions. While extra land is needed to grow natural crops that rely on rotation (mixing crops to improve soil quality); natural fertilizers (like manure, bone meal, compost); and natural repellants (like clove oil, neem water), there is less land for carbon sequestration, a method aimed at reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Added is fraud: what some organic farmers and producers call "organic" does not always meet recommended standards, leaving consumers further victim to agribusiness by paying more for marginally natural produce.

Amidst accelerating climate change, Digging the Earth, Tending the Soil offers a global educational perspective, despite continuing controversy over agricultural policies and practices. We explore the history and benefits of organic farming, known to leave a smaller carbon footprint; conserve and build soil; and replenish natural ecosystems for cleaner water and air. As we reflect on the debate of conventional versus organic farming, we draw attention to the words of Mahatma Gandhi and consider implications for our life on Earth, "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." (The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, Navajivan, Pub. House, [1967], p. 379.

This display is curated by Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian, and designed by Sabarish Raghupathy, User Experience/Interface Engineer at Gottesman Libraries.

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

Where: Online

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: School's In Session!

In September we draw attention to Educat+, the definitive record of library holdings at Teachers College, Columbia University, powered by Primo VE, a patron-facing discovery layer that lets you search seamlessly for everything in our collection and more: books, journals, articles, curriculum, children’ literature, and institutional materials. Read more on the Library's news feed.


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

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