Book Talk: Teaching in 2 Languages, with Tatyana Kleyn, Wednesday, 9/29, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, 9/29, 5-6:30pm


The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks and lectures by faculty, students, staff, and others interested in sharing their work with the Teachers College community. Join us as we celebrate your achievements and promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics of relevance to the educating, psychological and health professions.
  • Teaching in 2 Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators, with Tatyana Kleyn, Wednesday, 9/29 5-6:30pm
  • On Wednesday, September 29, Tatyana Kleyn, alumna of Teachers College, will discuss her new book, co-authored by Sharon Adelman Reyes, Teaching in 2 Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators (Corwin Press, 2010). With a foreword by Ofelia Garcia, Dr. Kleyn’s text is written for the bilingual teacher, addressing specific approaches, methodologies, and strategies for teaching in bilingual classrooms, within social context of bilingual education. Chapters begin with essential questions, such as: How do I use two languages in the bilingual classroom? Why does culture matter so much in the bilingual classroom? Is teaching in a minority language really any different from teaching in a mainstream classroom? What approaches should teachers consider for teaching content to English language learners in bilingual classrooms? Thematically related subsections, vignettes that engage readers in critical instructional issues, and grade level activities substantiate this hands-on guide -- also considered a supplemental, intellectual university text for teachers of bilingual learners. Tatyana Kleyn is an assistant professor at The City College of New York in the Bilingual Education and TESOL program. In 2007 she received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, with a specialization in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Her dissertation focuses on the intersections of bilingual and multicultural education in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, and Russian bilingual classrooms. In 2008 she received the second place Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education. She is also the author of Immigration: Stories, Struggles and Debates (Scarecrow Press, Forthcoming), a book for adolescents about current immigration issues. Tatyana is an associate of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at The Graduate Center in The City University of New York. She has published nationally and internationally on the cultural, linguistic, and educational needs of the Garífuna people in Honduras and has been involved in a study on Long-term English learners (with Kate Menken). Tatyana was an elementary school teacher in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Atlanta, Georgia. Joining the book talk is María Torres-Guzmán, Professor of Bilingual Education in the International and Transcultural Studies Department at Teachers College. Extensively published in the field, Dr. Torres-Guzmán served as Sponsor on Tatyana’s dissertation committee. Where: 306 Russell
  • Unequal Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx, with Laura Scheiber & Juan Carlos Reyes, Tuesday, 9/14, 4-5:30pm
  • Join us as we warmly welcome Ms. Laura Scheiber, Ph.D. candidate, and Juan Carlos Reyes, Executive Assistant to the President of Teachers College, on Tuesday, September 14th, as they read from and discuss the compelling book, Unequal Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx, (Teachers College Press, June 2010). The book, which was co-authored with President Emeritus Arthur Levine, is a highly personal account of two generations growing up on the same South Bronx Street, forty years apart. The authors revisit Levine’s childhood apartment and build a friendship with 14-year old Carlos Pilarte. They get to know Carlos' two best friends Leonel Disla, and Juan Carlos Reyes. All three young men provide an honest and insightful diary over a five year period that focuses on the harsh realities of the inner city – a portrait of urban decline and tragedy, which contrasts sharply with life as Arthur Levine knew it forty years earlier. We learn of a more isolated and dangerous community ruined by the circumstances of poverty – violence, drugs, racism, and soaring rates of youth mortality. Leo falls victim to his surroundings when he is violently killed by the police. Despite the odds, Carlos and Juan Carlos make it to college and they describe in detail the people and experiences that helped them get there. The final chapter describes how to take the lessons learned from Carlos and Juan Carlos’ stories, apply them on a large scale, and help thousands of kids growing up in similar underprivileged communities to overcome poverty, social isolation and racism. Unequal Fortunes is a strong call to educators, administrators, citizens, and parents about the impact of poverty on children and the critical role of education in our lives – a plea for schools to take action and pave the way for educational success rather than failure for all American children. The talk will not only touch upon the content of the book, but also provide a unique opportunity to talk candidly with one of the research participants about what it was like to work on such a project, and lessons to be learned for future ethnographers interested in studying urban education. Arthur Levine is president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, President of Bradford College, and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Corporation on Policy Studies in Higher Education and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is a prolific author on issues of schools and colleges. Laura Scheiber is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College. A Fulbright grant recipient, her doctoral research focuses on innovative leaders of violence prevention and youth empowerment initiatives in Brazil. She earned a MA at Teachers College, specializing in international educational development and adult education, and earned a B.A. in psychology. Laura served as a former anchorwoman for the Gottesman Libraries AfterEd News and has taught college-level courses on child development. Juan Carlos Reyes is the Executive Assistant to the President at Teachers College. He is a student at Baruch College and will graduate this year in Political Science. His next step will be working toward making a difference in the lives of kids growing up in conditions similar to his childhood neighborhood. This book talk is jointly sponsored by Teachers College Press, Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, and Gottesman Libraries. For related pieces see A Tale of Two Cities on the Teachers College website; transcript of the NPR interview; and edlab book trailer. Signed copies of the book will be available at the talk. Where: 306 Russell
  • Doing Race, with Hazel Rose Markus & Paula M.L. Moya, Thursday, 9/16, 4-5:30pm
  • With the goal of illuminating our trouble in talking about race, Stanford University professors Hazel Markus and Paula Moya, of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, will conduct an engaging talk drawn from their newly published volume Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (W.W. Norton, Inc., 2010). Their acclaimed, edited work begins with a conceptual overview of race and ethnicity as they fit into our everyday lives— what they are, how they work, why achieving a just society requires us to take account of them. It includes short reader-friendly essays from an interdisciplinary body of experts on race and ethnicity, among them: C. Matthew Snipp, George Frederickson, Marcus Feldman, Barbara Koenig, Aron Rodrigue, Joel Beinin, Norman Naimark, Shanto Iyengar, Albert Camarillo, Linda Darling-Hammond, Lawrence Bobo, Victor Thompson, Claude Steele, Monica McDermott, Jennifer Eberhardt, Stephanie Fryberg, Alisha Watts, Marcyliena Morgan, Dawn-Elissa Fischer, and Michelle and Harry J. Elam. Professors Markus and Moya will focus on eight common conversations about race and ethnicity and discuss why these popular conversations are flawed or incomplete; they will also reflect on the importance of understanding race and ethnicity as intricate systems of human actions and interactions that organize, influence, and govern our human societies. Writes Henry Louis Gates Jr., of Harvard University: Hazel Markus and Paula Moya have assembled an all-star roster of scholars to put to rest, once and for all, the fallacy that race doesn’t matter. This volume is absolutely necessary and will fast become a landmark of scholarship on race and ethnicity. Hazel Rose Markus is Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology, at Stanford University. Previously, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She was the recipient of the 2008 American Psychological Association award for distinguished scientific contribution. In 2002 she received the Donald T. Campbell award from SPSP for contributions to social psychology. She just completed a term as Director of Stanford's Research Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Paula M.L. Moya is Associate Professor of the Department of English at Stanford University. She served as Director of the Undergraduate Program of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), and Chair of the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) major. She is a founding organizer of The Future of Minority Studies Research Project (FMS), an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and multigenerational research project facilitating focused and productive discussions about the democratizing role of minority identity and participation in a multicultural society. At Stanford, she has been the faculty coordinator of several faculty-graduate student research networks sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Research Institute for the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. They include Feminist Theory, Americanity/Coloniality/Modernity, and How Do Identities Matter? Dr. Dorothy Steele, previous Executive Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, will introduce our esteemed guests and discuss the important work of the Stanford Center. Dr. Steele relocated to New York City with her husband, Claude Steele, a social psychology professor who became Provost of Columbia University in September 2009. Welcoming our attendees will be Dr. Janice Robinson, Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, and Dr. Thomas James, Provost and Dean of Teachers College, who will reflect on the alignment of the publication with diversity initiatives at Teachers College. This talk is jointly sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs; Office of the Provost, and Gottesman Libraries. Where: 306 Russell
  • Ordinary Gifted Children, with Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Monday, 9/27, 4-5:30pm
  • Situated in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, the Hoffmann School for Individual Attention is the subject of an uplifting educational memoir, Ordinary Gifted Children: The Power and Promise of Individual Attention (Teachers College Press, 2010), written by Jessica Hoffmann Davis. The Hoffmann School was directed for nearly four decades by her mother, Ann Hoffmann, a born teacher and talented, visionary educator who embraced students in which other teachers lacked faith and hope. Believing that all children are gifted, Ann Hoffman took them under her wing, helped them to learn, and instilled a love of learning. "'What would you like to do?’ she’d ask the children, believing in her heart and mind that children knew exactly what they needed and that the adult's job was to listen carefully enough to follow their lead. 'Every child has special gifts,' my mother told me. 'It’s the teacher’s responsibility to discover the individual gifts in each of her children.'" (Ordinary Gifted Children, Introduction, pp.2-3) Writes Teachers College Press: "This fascinating narrative addresses the timeless features of teaching and learning with important implications for how we think about curriculum, instruction, and classroom life. The story of the Hoffmann School is an insider’s view of a place in time that is more importantly a vision and set of beliefs that can reoccur in anyone’s classroom or adult life." Jessica Hoffmann Davis is a cognitive developmental psychologist and founder of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where, as a senior lecturer, she held the university's first chair in the arts in education. She is author of Why Our Schools Need the Arts (Teachers College Press, 2008); Framing Education as Art: The Octopus Has a Good Day (Teachers College Press, 2005); The Art and Science of Portraiture (Jossey-Bass, 1997); and The Muse Book. Dr. Davis holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology and a Master’s in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Environments from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Her widely cited doctoral thesis focused on children’s development in graphic symbolization and featured a comparison between the drawings of young children and professional artists. Davis has been honored to serve as an advisor to the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities’ At-Risk Youth Project and to the Arts Education Partnership’s Committee on Higher Education Collaborations. She is the proud recipient of the Irene Buck Service to Arts Education and Sesame Workshop Sunny Days awards. This book talk is co-sponsored by Teachers College Press and the Gottesman Libraries. Signed copies will be available at the talk. Where: 305 Russell


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