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Alumni Spotlight: A Professor Looks Back on His Journey in Civics Education 

When we first met with Aviv Cohen in 2011, we discussed his passion for Civics Education as an international doctoral student in the Program in Social Studies. Now, five years later, he is joining the faculty of the Seymour Fox School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and continuing his research in civic …


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Noriko Kato.

  When we first met with Aviv Cohen in 2011, we discussed his passion for Civics Education as an international doctoral student in the Program in Social Studies. Now, five years later, he is joining the faculty of the Seymour Fox School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and continuing his …

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Low-Residency/InStep Masters Program 

Earn a Master of Arts in Social Studies Education through two weeks of study over three consecutive summers. Sample* Two-Week Residency Schedule: (click image for larger view) Questions? Email Dr. Scott Wylie at ssw2126@tc.columbia.edu.  *subject to change

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Social Studies Students Examine Central Park 

Social Studies students gather for a day of exploration in the park, related to their course A&HW 4199, Social Inquiry: Central Park Getting to know one another through group discussion with Dr. Baron. Dr. Gaudelli works with students to practice creative problem solving. The Social Inquiry course is comprised of all the initial certification MA students in the …

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Social Studies Education Student Duane Bailey-Castro Rediscovers a True New York Wonder 

"Duane Bailey-Castro, a Teachers College student and Social Studies teacher, grew up in the Bronx near the High Bridge, and was recently featured in a photography exhibition, along with two other photographers, Nathan Kensinger and Wes Tarca. The exhibition, High Bridge: Rebirth of the Harlem River, opened in July to celebrate the community and the …


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Noriko Kato.

For many people visiting New York City, walking or cycling across our grand bridges is on the top of their to-do list. Strolling along the quaint brownstone-lined neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights or taking in the sweeping views of lower Manhattan are added bonuses if visiting the Brooklyn Bridge. For those seeking a new view of the …

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Highlighting Our Alumni: Brian Lawless Embraces “the Unexpected” in China 

It’s 8:30am on a Friday morning in Ho Chi Minh City. Teachers College alum, Brian Lawless is on winter vacation for the Chinese New Year and has graciously agreed to speak with me via Skype.


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by ahofc.

by Myiesha Gordon Brian Lawless and the skyline of Shanghai. It’s 8:30am on a Friday morning in Ho Chi Minh City. Teachers College alum, Brian Lawless is on winter vacation for the Chinese New Year and has graciously agreed to speak with me via Skype. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Lawless attended UCLA …

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Special Lecture for Students: Mind the Civic Empowerment Gap 

Calls to close the civic empowerment gap have traditionally focused on improving and expanding civic education for students in high poverty urban schools. While important, this recommendation implies that closing the gap is in and of itself a sufficient end and that the civic education of elites is unproblematic. In this talk, Swalwell explains an …

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Special Lecture for Students: Mediation on the Geography of Memory 

      On May 14, 2014, Joseph C. Daniels, Chief Executive of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, explained its purpose: “…. To make sure that our children’s children’s children know what this country went through on 9/11” (NYT, May 21, 2014, p. B3). Through the interplay between the memorial and museum, the …

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Special Lecture for Students: Karen Korematsu Visits TC: A Story of Perseverance, Possibility, and Praxis 

Karen Korematsu Visits TC: A Story of Perseverance, Possibility, and Praxis


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by ahofc.

Karen Korematsu, daughter of Japanese-American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu, gave an intimate portrayal of an unassuming man who took a stand for justice. Korematsu told her father’s story on March 26 in a talk called “A Legacy of Civil Wrongs and Rights: Korematsu v. United States …

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Highlighting Our Alumni: Chelsea Katzenberg Featured in Innovations for Learning 

Social Studies Alumna Chelsea Katzenberg (MA '12) was featured in an article released today by Innovations for Learning entitled "A high school that aims to take struggling students beyond the basics." "On the day I observed , she seemed to pour boundless energy into her class, never lecturing but always leading another activity: the Four …

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Highlighting Our Alumni: Michael Tillman, Teaching of Social Studies 


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Liz Hoelzle.

Michael Tillman graduated with his Master’s degree in Teaching of Social Studies and “loved every last minute of it.” That’s not to say it didn’t take some adjustments early on. “When I began the program, I felt completely overwhelmed and in over my head.  I've never considered myself an intellectual, just a guy who likes …

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Spotlight on High School Teacher, Doctoral Student, and Cooperating Teacher Chris Holland 

Chris Holland is finishing up his fifth year of teaching at Brooklyn Technical High School, where he currently teaches 9th grade Global History and Geography and 12th grade AP US Government and Politics. As if that weren’t enough, he has also just completed his second year as a doctoral student in the Social Studies program …

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Alumni Spotlight: Michael Marino 

Social Studies alum Michael Marino is building on the doctoral work he completed at TC in his new role as Assistant Professor of History at The College of New Jersey. A 2008 graduate of TC’s Social studies program, Marino’s dissertation examined how world history is taught in secondary schools. Now the coordinator for the History …

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Social Studies student is recipient of Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowship 

Social Studies doctoral student Ashley Taylor is the recipient of the Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Taylor has been awarded the Fellowship for her dissertation work, titled Pedagogy for Latino/a Newcomer Students: A Study of Four Secondary Social Studies Teachers in New York City Urban Newcomer Schools. Taylor’s research has brought …

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Student Spotlight: Jay Shuttleworth 

Jay is a Social Studies and Education Ph.D. candidate. He consults with new teachers in the South Bronx and recently began a two-year preceptorship in Columbia College’s Core Preceptor Program. Jay was a History major at the University of California Davis and received his Master’s degree from TC in the Teaching of Social Studies. He …


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Amy Wolf.

Jay is a Social Studies and Education Ph.D. candidate.  He consults with new teachers in the South Bronx and recently began a two-year preceptorship in Columbia College’s Core Preceptor Program. Jay was a History major at the University of California Davis and received his Master’s degree from TC in the Teaching of Social Studies.  He …

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Bringing a World of Experience Into the Classroom: The Peace Corps Fellows 

Teachers College offers a unique opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are committed to teaching in New York City's public schools. The Peace Corps Fellows Program at TC provides a number of benefits, including a sizable scholarship, to RPCVs who work toward their degree while teaching full time, which is no small task. …

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Spotlight on Chris Babits: Social Studies and Education Ed.D. Student 


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Amy Wolf.

Chris Babits is an Ed.D. candidate in Social Studies Education.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from Clark University, focusing on the history of the United States and Atlantic World.  Chris was a boarding school teacher for three years, has done curatorial work for the Nantucket Historical Association and research for the …

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Doctoral student Sandy Pope published in Social Education 

Last month's Social Education features an article by the Social Studies program's own Alexander "Sandy" Pope. Authored with colleagues Laurel Stolte and Alison K. Cohen,  "Closing the Civic Engagement Gap: The Potential of Action Civics" looks at action-oriented projects that address local issues as a means to motivate students academically and encourage them to be …

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Building Background: Andrew Kempe’s journey to broaden horizons through Social Studies 

Andrew Kempe’s background in journalism and history has proven invaluable in his current role as a Social Studies student teacher at the Bronx High School of Science. Having worked in the Middle East and Latin America, this world traveler has a myriad of experiences and perspectives to share with his students. A student in the …

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Social Studies and Education Student Luke Bolton’s Reflections on “Race and Membership” Workshop 

Social Studies student Luke Bolton reflects on Facing History and Ourselves at TC.


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by Amy Wolf.

Luke Bolton is an Initial Certification student in Social Studies and Education. It has only been a year since I decided that I was going to change my career path from international relations to social studies education and only two months since I started classes at Teachers College. Coming so recently to the study and …

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Examining democratic education through an international lens: Chingfu Lan 

The fact that Chingfu Lan, a PhD student in the Social Studies program, hails from Taiwan gives him a unique perspective when it comes to civic education. After teaching civics in his home country for several years, Lan’s interest in democratic education was piqued. “The reason is that Taiwan is a young democratic country. In …

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