Event: The end of World War II brought a mixture of unease and positivity to Teachers College as evidenced in the report of then Dean William F. Russell in July 1946. “Nuclear research has smashed the atom,” he writes, “It has also smashed the idea that we live in an age of temporary change and that soon we shall return to a sense of normalcy” (p. 3). This sentiment of needing to accustom oneself to continual change is repeated throughout the report, in which Russell calls upon teachers to do their best to remain flexible in uncertain times and c...
Date: Established in 1981
Event: The Hollingworth Center was established to provide internship and training opportunities to Teachers College students. Its mission has been to offer enriching early childhood educational programs through nurturing the talents of each child enrolled in their preschool and science outreach programs. Through clinical research these programs have helped to develop and disseminate models for educators in New York City as well as across the country.
Source: The Hollingworth Center@TC URL:
Event: Dr. (Richard) Thomas Alexander was the driving force behind the formation of the New College, an experimental college for teachers started in 1930s. The college lasted for seven years from 1932 to 1939. Alexander came to Teachers College in the early 1920s and was an authority on European education, especially German education. He undertook the experiment as one not only built on the liberal arts, but rather on the persistent problems of living.
Event: The Division of Nursing Education was founded in 1899 and run by its first administrative directors, M. Adelaide Nutting and Isabel M. Stewart. The program grew from its original enrollment of two students to being the largest department in Teachers College in 1947 with over 1,000 students. It was the only program of its kind in the country for twenty years, and played a major role in shaping and standardizing nursing education in the US. The original mission of the program was to “give some preparation for the higher and more responsible ...
Event: In 1968, the ERIC Center on Urban and Minority Education moved to Teachers College from its origin at Yeshiva University and was formalized into the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) in 1973. The data and files from Edmund W. Gordon and Doxey A. Wilkerson’s 1966 study “"Compensatory Education for the Disadvantaged: Programs and Practices, Preschool Through College" served as the basis for a specialized library on the topic of education for marginalized populations. This library in turn served as a model for the ERIC library...
Event: Victor D’Amico was an art educator in Post-WWII America. He offered a new outlook on art education, creating art education programs and innovative learning environments for children, parents and children, high school students, and war veterans.
Source: Pocket Knowledge, New York Times Obits http://pocketknowledge.tc.columbia.edu/home.php/browse/45192
Event: After World War I, there was a push to include an international perspective in TC’s approach to higher education. In 1923, TC and the University of Paris launched a cooperation that allowed TC students to complete one semester of their studies at the University of Paris (Cremin, Shannon, & Townsend, 1954, p. 79).
Source: Cremin, L., Shannon, D., Townsend, M. E. (1954).
Event: World War I (1914-1918) was a turning point in modern warfare and global understanding, deeply affecting populations throughout the world. In its wake, leaders at Teachers College undertook efforts to include a new emphasis on international relations within their approach to higher education. Lawrence Cremin, David Shannon, and Mary Evelyn Townsend point to several events that took place at TC in the years immediately following World War I as evidence of this shift, including a 1918 speech b...