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Fall/Winter 2012

Wellness in a Thinking World:
Teachers College explores the mind-body connection

Volume 37, No. 1


A teacher may enjoy the beautiful leaves of autumn, but once in the classroom may be stunned by empty seats -- particularly in an inner-city school. Asthma, which in some neighborhoods disproportionately affects children of color by a 6-to-1 margin, is contributing to absenteeism.

Marla recently gave a $575,000 gift to renovate just about everything at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), headed by Peter Coleman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education. Her gift will create the Marla L. Schaefer Office Suite at the ICCCR.

"Larry Cremin was a magical teacher," says Trustee Sue Ann Weinberg (Ed.D. '97). "He was so widely read, and he had such a broad understanding of education."

To honor the former TC President and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, who was also her dissertation adviser, Sue Ann has given a substantial gift that honors Lawrence Cremin's vision and memory by laying the foundation for a center for the History of Education.

A generous gift from Joyce B. Cowin (M.A. '52), who is a TC alumna and longtime Trustee, is funding a partnership among Teachers College, the New York City Department of Education and the nonprofit Working in Support of Education (W!SE): The Cowin Financial Literacy Project, a unique professional development program for New York City public school teachers working with students in grades 9-12.

Literacy is the freedom to expand one's thought, one's mind, one's confidence," says Evalyn Edwards Milman (M.A. '64), who has given Teachers College $1 million to establish the Evalyn Edwards Milman Literacy Fellowship.

E. John Rosenwald Jr. is not only a master fundraiser, but also a fount of wisdom and a force of nature who can prod institutions to reinvent themselves.

Last year, when Colorado began offering a new public school program that enables kids to grab breakfast off a lobby cart and chow down during their first-period classes, some teachers and administrators raised concerns.

"I think we are just at the beginning and can aspire to change the lives of thousands of homeless youth," says Phil Armstrong, Co-Chief Operating Officer for Goldman Sachs's Operations Division. At Armstrong's recommendation, Goldman Sachs Gives has made substantial grants to fund TC's work with Covenant House.

Half a century ago, people were asking, "Is God dead?" Now TC is offering a new master's degree program in spirituality and psychology

TCCS celebrates its new home

President's Letter