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Today in History: Common Core Is Launched 

Since its arrival nine years ago, Common Core has greatly impacted the health of our nation's schools. The standards govern how teachers teach and what students study to master English Language Arts and mathematics. The guidelines are meant to shape pedagogy, but in many cases have damaged its essence -- the spirit and structure of teaching and …

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Today in History: Leta Hollingworth Is Born 

At least twice a year pre-schoolers from the Hollingworth Center at Teachers College come visit the library, bearing sprinkled sugar cookies each December and posies in ribbon each May. We'll stumble upon a group intently perusing the children's literature section on the second floor in the Fall, and hear little voices singing traditional American folk …

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Library Resources and Services for HUDK 5324, Research Practicum 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Laura DeRose's Summer 2018 course HUDK 5324, Research Practicum.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones relevant to the focus of the …

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On Composition: 2018 Spring Education Program 

Some months ago, a gorgeous still life mysteriously wended its way back to the library and propped itself casually beside my desk. Whence it came, and where exactly it needed to go, required research, for the colorful study of a shiny blue teapot surrounded by bright apples and oranges on a copper tray, red cloth and …

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Today in History: Plessy versus Ferguson 

  Decided on May 18th, 1896, Plessy versus Ferguson was a landmark case that upheld racial segregation laws for public facilities in the United States, provided they were equal in quality. Taken to trial, Homer Randolph Plessy had boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad in New Orleans after buying a first …

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Staff Picks May 2018: How to Survive Being a Teenager 

The teenage years are idolized on film, TV, and in many books. To adults with full time jobs and responsibilities, the carefree years of being a kid may seem like paradise. But not only are you supposed to grow up emotionally and physically while you go to school and deal with grades, bullies, and unrequited love, …

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Today in History: Happy Birthday, James Barrie! 

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up, was born on May 9th, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a journalist, though later moved to …

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Everett Cafe News: What’s Real in the Media? 

Do you cringe at the thought of another tweet about “fake news”? What with unprecedented presidential accusations about the Russian dossier, media in general, CNN in particular, and reports on government, health care, employment, and other vital issues, is “fake news” a retaliatory slap, slippery slogan, or actual state of affairs in today’s political arena? …

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Today in History: Citizen Kane Is Released 

The dark and enigmatic opening scene of Citizen Kane is one that you always remember. If you haven't seen the film, you will not be disappointed. Symbolic of a time of innocence and happiness, the most famous and haunting line is spoken within the first three minutes, leaving us to wonder about the state of the …

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Staff Picks April 2018: From the Classroom to the Streets: 50 years of School-Based Activism 

    Co-Authored and Co-Curated By Anika Paris and Jasmine Sykes-Kunk Fifty years ago this month, Columbia University students, as well as some staff, faculty, committed activists, and Harlem residents, came together to air a set of similarly heterogenous grievances. Incensed by a recent ban on indoor protests on campus, the university's collaboration with the …

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Today In History: Boston Latin School Is Founded 

Can you imagine several centuries back to the creation of our nation's very first public school -- the space, students, teachers, textbooks, courses of study, typical day? A revolutionary concept for Puritan times? If you walk the Freedom Trail, you might check out the mosaic pavement plaque just beyond King's Chapel commemorating the original site of Boston …

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Today in History: Remembering Benjamin Franklin 

How exciting to see that the Benjamin Franklin Papers via the National Archives, Library of Congress are now online! The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17th, 1790. The Franklin collections endured a "turbulent history", having been dispersed, damaged, lost, even cut up by a tailor before being …

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Library Resources and Services for ORLN 5013, Informatics in Nursing 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Dawn Aubel's Spring 2018 course ORLN 5013, Informatics in Nursing.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-29814" src="" alt="Executive Program for …

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Today in History: Elementary-Secondary Education Act 

The Elementary-Secondary Education Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11th, 1965 as part of his efforts to address "The War on Poverty." This legislation funded elementary and secondary education, encouraging equal access to education and measures for accountability exercised more at the local, rather than federal level. ESEA was …

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National Library Workers Day 

Today is National Library Workers Day.  While many grow up visiting libraries, not everyone is aware of all the work library workers do to create and maintain the collections and spaces people love and depend on.  This blog will highlight some librarians who have devoted their careers to building and fighting for library collections that are representative …

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National Library Week April 8-14, 2018 

This week is National Library Week in the United States. National Library week is a time to consider the role that libraries play in our lives and celebrate the positive contributions they make to our communities. An earlier blog post highlighted libraries near Teachers College. This post will showcase some of the special libraries and …

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Library Resources and Services for C&T 6102, Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Michelle Knight-Manuel's Spring 2018 course C&T 6102, Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the aim of the course, i.e., "to prepare …

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Today in History: Engel v Vitale 

"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen." April 3rd, 1962 marks the date when the landmark case of Engel versus Vitale was argued on the basis that it was unconstitutional for state officials to compose a school prayer and …

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Famous Women in Psychology 

Psychology has been a part of the Teachers College curriculum since 1899. It is quite common to hear about the Founding Fathers of psychology but what about the women who helped shape the field? For Women's History Month, here are just a few important figures. Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930) was the first female president of the …

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Conferences as Professional Exploration Opportunities 

Attending conferences as a graduate student can be a great supplementary educational and professional experience. Conferences can be a invaluable opportunity to explore career paths and familiarize oneself with current industry-specific trends. Most conferences offer student rates that are significantly discounted, as well as travel awards and scholarships to help offset the cost of attendance. …

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