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Today in History: Remembering Frank W. Cyr 

"If you're the father of the yellow school bus, what does that make me?" Cyr replied that, whenever he saw a school bus, the boy could say, "There goes one of my brothers." -- excerpted from Frank W. Cyr, 'Father of the Yellow School Bus,' Dies at the Age of 95, Teachers College Newsroom On …

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Today in History: Grace Hoadley Dodge Is Born 

"It would be difficult to discover a more gracious example of Christian philanthropy and social humanitarianism than Grace Hoadley Dodge." -- Lawrence A. Cremin, David A.Shannon, Mary Evelyn Townsend, A History of Teachers College, p. 10. On May 21st, 1856, Grace Hoadley Dodge was born in Manhattan to Sarah Tappan and William Heard Dodge. She …

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Today in History: Remembering Harold Ordway Rugg 

Not once in a century and a half of national history has the curriculum of the school caught up with the dynamic content of American life. Whether of colonial reading or reckoning school, Latin grammar school, academy, or modern junior high school, the curriculum has lagged behind the current civilization. Although the gap between the …

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Today in History: Margaret H’Doubler Is Born 

One of the pioneering Teachers College alumni in the field of dance education, Margaret Newell H'Doubler was born on April 26th, 1889 in Beloit, Kansas. H'Doubler founded the first major in dance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, after studying there for a degree in biology and philosophy, as well as at Teachers College in …

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Today in History: Agnes Martin Is Born 

On March 22, 1912 Agnes Bernice Martin was born on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hoping to become a teacher, she immigrated to the United States in 1932 and attended Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied art education, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in 1932 and a Master's of Art degree in …

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Today in History: Olivia Hooker Is Born 

The last known survivor of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and the first Afro-American woman to enter the United States Coast Guard in February, 1945, Olivia Juliette Hooke was born today, February 12th, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Olivia Hooker became one of five female afro-americans to join the Women's Reserve, known as SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready), …

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Today in History: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd an annual observance, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, "to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural …

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Today in History: Georgia O’Keeffe Is Born 

“I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality. I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say -- in paint.” -- from Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, c2004) An …

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Today in History: William Heard Kilpatrick Is Born 

William Heard Kilpatrick, major figure in the progressive education movement of the early 20th century, was born on November 20, 1871 in White Plains, Georgia. He was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he taught from 1912-1937, and he is considered one of the most popular professors ever at …

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