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EdLab is a research, design, and development unit at Teachers College, Columbia University. EdLab envisions and pilots knowledge projects for a fundamentally different education sector that is attuned to the emerging post-industrial, information-based world. more >>
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At the request of the Vice President for Development and External Affairs of Teachers College, EdLab designed and manages the Strage Prize Competition. The prize recognizes outstanding published work by tenure-track untenured members of the Teachers College Faculty. A prize panel selects the journal article or book chapter published in the immediately prior year that best reflects innovative thinking in educational research and education. The work of the Strage Prize winner is documented in a short video published on the Gottesman Libraries online site. The winner for work published in 2009 is available online.
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) v. State of New York case is the defining legal action for contemporary school finance policy in New York state. The New York State School Finance Reform Archive is a comprehensive digital archive that collects a broad range of documents chronicling the events and school finance issues associated with the case begun in December of 1999. The archive is a part of the Gottesman Libraries Public Policy Archives Project, and is designed for all visitors interested in school finance, regardless of prior knowledge. The digital archive includes a basic overview of the CFE case, an explanation of the school budget process in New York State, answers to frequently asked questions about school finance reform, and a glossary of common terminology. The New York State School Finance Reform archive, developed by the EdLab, is an independent project of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College and is not affiliated with one particular viewpoint or stance. This project was supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Pressible is a publishing platform and a network of sites with features that set it apart from other publishing solutions currently available to individuals and groups seeking an online publishing presence. In mid-2008, the Library Management group asked that the Publishing & Design group to provide an effective platform for “social” publishing projects – a platform more accommodating for multimedia than the Library's Open Journal Systems installation, but without the customizations that a more custom platform requires (such as TCR's platform, Contentworks). Beginning in October 2009, the Pressible project began as an exploration of WordPress as a software solution. Some of our development goals were to:
  • Create a networked, blog-like publishing solution for the TC community.
  • Allow authors to publish to the web in a fast, intuitive, and powerful way.
  • Make a highly templated system to make site administration easy.
  • Experiment by hosting Pressible entirely in the cloud.
We adopted the WordPress platform and released a beta of Pressible in February 2010. During the spring, we proceeded to experiment with various design and technical configurations it until Pressible's public launch in June. Features like Re-posting and the Related Content links made good on our goals. In its current form, Pressible provides is a web-based utility for the College as well as an external audience. Are you a member of the Teachers College community? Sign up for Pressible today and begin your next big publishing project! Learn more about ongoing development efforts here.
Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Tue, 2015-05-26 00:43

Carmel’s recent blog post about making teaching attractive couldn’t have been more timely as the world lost one of its most brilliant minds and educators over the weekend. John F. Nash, a revolutionary mathematician was killed in a car accident while coming home from Norway after receiving the prestigious Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Nash, who is forever immortalized in the feature film, A Beautiful Mind, also won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994.

He is widely known around the world for his work in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations. His theories were used to analyze and tackle complex situations and are used in a variety of subjects such as economics, computing and evolutionary biology. Is Nash the last of a great era of minds and educators?