Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education

Aiming to promote top-notch teacher training activities and to pursue classroom-based inquiries, the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) at Teachers College, Columbia University currently offers two teacher training programs (i.e., the TCSOL one-year certificate program in New York City and the TCSOL/TESOL Summer Dual Certificate Program in Beijing), one tutoring program (available both online and onsite), and professional development programs (e.g., the visiting scholar program and professional development workshops).

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Chris Emdin Talks to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer About the Culturally Responsive Teacher

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Changing the Higher Ed Conversation: TC’s Community College Research Center celebrates 20 years of transformative research

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/june/changing-the-higher-ed-conversation/

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“War and Peace”: TC’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution launches an ongoing photography exhibition series

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/june/war-and-peace-tcs-international-center-for-cooperation-and-conflict-resoluti/

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Bailey to New York Times: Community College Leaders “Embracing Structural Reform”

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Art = Power: Through The Arts, Andrea Kerzner is Bringing Hope to Youth in South Africa, Uganda and the South Bronx

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/june/art–power-through-the-arts-andrea-kerzner-is-bringing-hope-to-youth/

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P.S. 71 Using “Seed to Plate” Lessons Developed With Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/june/ps-71-using-seed-to-plate-lessons-developed-with-laurie-m-tisch-center-for-/

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Life on the Edge: Kevin Jian has lived on the line separating the education systems of the East and West. Now he’s trying to erase that boundary

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/june/life-on-the-edge-kevin-jian-has-lived-on-the-line-separating-the-education-syst/

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A Portrait of the Artist in the Digital Age: a New TC Program Grapples with the Nature of Creativity in the 21st century

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/june/a-portrait-of-the-artist-in-the-digital-age/

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“One of TC’s Most Important Moments”: Launching the new Resilience Center for Veterans & Families

Teachers College celebrated the official launch of its new Resilience Center for Veterans & Families this week in what TC President Susan Fuhrman called “one of the most important moments in the history of the College.” Held in the legendary Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, the event was attended by top military leaders, private and corporate funders, veterans, and leaders in academic research and psychological treatment.

Funded through a generous gift by David and Maureen O’Connor, the Resilience Center is directed by George Bonanno, TC Professor of Clinical Psychology. The Center will pair groundbreaking research on human emotional resilience with clinical training of students to assist veterans and their families as they transition back to civilian life. The training will take place through TC’s nationally regarded Dean Hope Center for Educational & Psychological Services, directed by Dinelia Rosa, and will serve as a magnet for other TC faculty members who work with veterans.

“What we are trying to do with this center is completely new – it’s innovative and unique among pretty much all approaches geared toward veterans,” said Bonanno, one of the world’s leading authorities on human resilience to loss and trauma. “So much of the mental health focus on veterans is typically viewed through one lens, and one lens only – post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The dominant thinking is: first identify PTSD, and then treat PTSD.”

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State of the College 2015

On October 7th, Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman delivered her State of the College address in Cowin Auditorium, declaring that “ TC is better positioned both academically and operationally to flourish for decades to come as a leader in shaping programs and fields that contribute to a smarter, healthier and more equitable world.”

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Ties that Run Deep

Hangyang University President Emeritus Chong Yang Kim (Ed. D. ’83) led a unique “crowd-sourced” donation by Korean alumni that resulted in $120,000 in pledges to the Korea 125th Anniversary Scholarship Fund at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has inspired similar efforts from alumni in other countries.

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Music Explorers at Teachers College

MUSIC EXPLORERS is an innovate program, where 5-to-7-year-olds explore the arena of musical performance as both soloist and ensemble member through active and engaging musical experiences, with an opportunity to specialize in two instruments: piano or drums AND ukelele or violin.

This is a model for teaching instrumental music to beginners utilizing family and peer in community to advantage the social nature of music making for skill development and well-being.

The 10 weekly class sessions consist of semi-private lessons ( 4 children/ 2 teachers) on two instruments plus large group (16 children/8 teachers) activities, all culminating in an ensemble “Band” experience at the end of each class.

Tuition including string instrument rental:
1) Fall and Spring terms total of 20 class sessions = $750, possibility of paying in two installments​ $375​ each
2) Fall only, 10 class sessions = $450

Classes are taught by experienced Teachers College alumni and graduate students supervised by Prof. Lori Custodero.
Parent/Caregiver attendance and involvement is a crucial part of the learning experience.

*Classes offered on two sessions on Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:15am OR 11:45am to 1pm
*Fall Session starts October 3, 2015
*Location: 435 Horace Mann at Teachers College, Columbia University

To enroll contact Musical Communities Program Coordinator Adriana Diaz-Donoso at ad2903@tc.columbia.edu or leave a message at 347- 751 4338

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TC’s Rita Gold Center Receives a $500,000 Gift from the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation

A gift from the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation will enhance education, research and training at TC’s Rita Gold Early Childhood Center

The Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation has been supporting youth and education since its founding in 1917. To increase its impact, the Foundation recently announced a new strategic focus on early childhood, and is now advancing that goal through a $500,000 gift to support Teachers College’s Rita Gold Early Childhood Center.

“Early childhood is a critically important period in which to maximize the power of education,” said Bill Rueckert, the Foundation’s President, who also serves as Co-Chair of TC’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to support TC, which is among the nation’s leading preparers of pre-K teachers, researchers and policy experts, and the Gold Center, which is considered one of the finest facilities of its kind.”

Professor of Education Susan Recchia, a renowned early child specialist who serves as Rita Gold’s Faculty Director, says the gift will support the kind of human exchanges that make the Center unique.

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Making Conflict Work: TC Psychologist Peter Coleman launches his new book on Oct. 9th at TC

Published in TC People
9/30/2014

“What can you do when your boss holds all the cards and enjoys being a jerk? Or when an employee you really depend on is constantly whining and being difficult? Or when vitally important clients insist on being demeaning?

Those questions, and others about “the challenges and opportunities we face when we find ourselves in conflict with those in authority… and with those we have authority over,” are the focus of Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement, (Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) coauthored by Peter T. Coleman, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of TC’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, and psychologist and executive coach Robert Ferguson.

The two will discuss their work at TC at a book launch on Thursday, October 9th, from 6 to 8 pm in 179 Grace Dodge Hall. Johnston Barkat, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Ombudsman & Mediation Services (M. Phil. ’01) will introduce them.

Read Peter Coleman’s recent piece on increasing “conflict intelligence” in Psychology Today; also his skeptical op-ed in Time magazine on the announcement by Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, that he is giving employees unlimited vacation time.

The book’s premise is that while understanding the interaction of conflict and power is vital to effective conflict management, “talking about power differences openly is still taboo in most places in society” and is almost completely absent from discussions of conflicts in the workplace. That state of affairs ignores the reality that “the world may now be flat, but most organizations are not.”

More specifically, research suggests “the lack of detailed attention to emotions and relationships is the biggest gap in our understanding conflict today.”

In chapters with titles such as “Constructive Dominance,” “Strategic Appeasement” and “Principled Rebellion,” the authors lay out “a practical tutorial in managing conflicts across power differences.” Ultimately, they argue, people need a high order of “conflict intelligence” that equips them with a variety of strategies for managing differences of opinion. Like the late Nelson Mandala – “convener and boxer, nonviolent activist and violent militant, empowered prison and embattled president” – they need to be able to employ seemingly contradictory competencies and strategies.

“Know when you need to move from more cooperative and conciliatory strategies into more competitive or contentious ones,” they urge. “Know when to respond to conflict in a manner that “fits the situation, but also know when not to. Know what it looks like when the other disputants cross lines you refuse to cross. Know when it is time to rebel or revolt.”

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