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Global Update: Newsletter of the International & Comparative Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University

Message from the Program Director

Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Friends of the I&CE Program, 
As we begin the new academic year--a year that feels more familiar, but not fully back to "normal"--I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families well and healthy. After 18 months of full-disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to be nearly 100% back in-person for classes and campus activities! At the start of the semester, we welcomed 90 new students from 16 different countries! Over 60% of our students are international--something we should celebrate and not take for granted given the effects of the pandemic.
Although we just welcomed our newest cohort, we are already diligently recruiting the next group of students into our family. The Fall 2022 applications are live. I hope that each of you will share our program information with your colleagues and students. 
To help us begin to curate alumni profiles and updates for the newsletter and more, we ask that you please take this short survey that asks you to update your contact information and share your interests, and some good news to share with the community.
Finally, I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter. It is full of exciting information and many reasons to be proud. For more regular updates about I&CE between issues of the newsletter, please follow us on Twitter at @TC_ICeducation.
Oren Pizmony-Levy
Program Director

Program News

TC Campus
Announcing the Multidisciplinary PhD in International and Comparative Education
Upon demand from faculty and students in the program, as well as the larger trend towards multidisciplinary research, we offer this new option for prospective and current doctoral students in the program.

Student Highlights

Welcome New Doctoral Students
Welcome New Doctoral Students – Fall 2021!
We are proud to welcome eight new doctoral students to our vibrant program! Read more about each student’s research interests.
Joey Uy
First Steps at TC and Beyond
Coming to campus for the first time this fall, second-year master’s student Joey Uy prepares for an academic career off Zoom and global ambitions.
Chris Henderson and Danni Falk
Teachers in Crisis Contexts: We must invest in their strengths, not rest on them
For World Teachers Day 2021, Doctoral Students Chris Henderson and Danni Falk penned a compelling blog on teachers in crisis contexts for the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies.
Erina Iwasaki
PhD Candidate Erina Iwasaki Awarded Martindale Scholarship
This award is dedicated to students pursuing a degree in the International and Comparative Education Program with a focus on languages.
Jihae (Jay) Cha and Carine Verschueren
PhDone! Celebrating Jihae (Jay) Cha and Carine Verschueren’s Doctoral Journeys in International and Comparative Education
Recent doctoral graduates Jihae (Jay) Cha and Carine Verschueren reflect on their time and achievements at Teachers College.

Faculty Highlights

TC to Partner with Columbia on Climate Change
TC to Partner with Columbia on Climate Change Education Initiatives Funded by the National Science Foundation
The $25 million grant funds a new Columbia research center that will receive support from Teachers College faculty on developing climate change programming for NYC public schools.
Amanda Earl and Regina Cortina
Embracing Interculturality and Indigenous Knowledge in Latin American Higher Education
A new publication from Professor Regina Cortina and doctoral candidate Amanda Earl analyzes the possibilities and difficulties that Indigenous and intercultural higher education programs in Latin America might face.
Vidur Chopra and Mary Mendenhall
Play-Based Learning: New TC Study Points the Way for Improving Support to Teachers of Refugees in East Africa
A research team co-led by Associate Professor of Practice Mary Mendenhall and Goldberg Post-doctoral Fellow Vidur Chopra emphasizes the importance of better supporting educators in their efforts to integrate play-based learning in their classrooms in three East Africa nations.
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