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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 ICEd Program, 

We hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather! It was wonderful to see so many of our current students and alumni at CIES and at the TC reception in February. We hope to see many of you again at CIES 2024 in Miami.

As this newsletter shows, our students, Faculty and alumni are thriving and pursuing meaningful work to make a local and international impact in education. I feel proud and privileged to be part of this global family. Despite the emergencies and challenges that our world is facing, I celebrate the contributions each of you make to promote justice and equality. 

To help us to continue to share alumni profiles and updates for the newsletter, we ask that you please take this short survey for you to update your contact information and share your interests, and some good news to share with the community.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter and the news about the great accomplishments. For more regular updates about ICEd between issues of the newsletter, please follow us on Twitter at @TC_ICeducation and on Facebook. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful end of the semester and a relaxing summer!

Garnett Russell
Associate Professor and Director, ICEd

Program News


TC Collaborates with Local School to Support Newcomer Students

This year, Teachers College began a collaboration with a DOE middle school to support English learning for newcomer students. Through the support of a Zankel Fellowship, Professor Garnett Russell and Victoria Jones, a Ph.D. student in the International and Comparative Education program, have worked with the school to create an English tutoring after-school program to support newcomer students.


Teachers College and the Rise of Public Education in Latin America

The Teachers College Record Special Issue "Teachers College and the Rise of Public Education in Latin America" is part of a larger research project to document the impact of Teachers College on the development of public systems of education in Latin America and around the world. Under Professor Regina Cortina’s leadership, students researched the educational history of several countries and ascertained the relationship between various education leaders and TC. Amanda Earl and Marcella Winter, both doctoral candidates, and Gabriela Chacon Ugarte, a master's student, reflect on how the experience has contributed to their academic training. 

How Are Climate Change Organizations Doing? This TC Survey Aims to Find Out

A new survey from the Center for Sustainable Futures will assess trends, patterns, and challenges of organizations focused on climate change education and communication — and will be the first international survey to give voice to this category of frontline organizations during a critical inflection point for policy and practice. Hear from Oren Pizmony-Levy, Director of the Center for Sustainable Futures and Associate Professor of our program about the importance of this research.

Documentary Screening of “A is for Angicos” on Paulo Freire’s First Literacy Campaign in Brazil

“A is for Angicos” is a documentary about the work of educator and philosopher Paulo Freire on literacy.

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Education in Emergencies (EiE): A Compendium of Vignettes for Research & Practice

If you have not checked this publication already, we recommend that you read this new resource when working in Education in Emergencies by Professor Mary Mendenhall, Vidur Chopra, and Renna Bazlen.

TC and Ming Chuan University to Collaborate on Cross-Cultural Comparative Education

A new collaboration between Teachers College and Ming Chuan University of Taiwan will focus on cross-cultural comparative education, affirmed by an agreement signed on March 17.

Student and Alumni Highlights

Two ICE Students score the Martindale Scholarship

Congratulations to Asel Dorombaeva and Jade Sheinwald for receiving the Martindale Scholarship. Read below to find out more about their projects and their research.


A Trip to COP27 as a UN Climate Change Intern

ICEd M.A. student, Ye Huang, shares her experience attending COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.


Alumni Spotlight: Yuan Xu

Yuan XU received her M.A. in International Educational Development in 2022. She reflects on her time at TC and her success after graduating.


Alumni Spotlight: Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson received his M.A. in International Educational Development in 2022. He shares how this time at TC prepared him for his work at Abt Associates and beyond.

The Society for International Education (SIE) implements three initiatives to serve the TC community

The Society for International Education (SIE) is an active student-led organization at Teachers College. It aims to promote an academic, professional, and social network for students and alumni/ae who share a special interest in the field of International and Comparative Education Development.

Recent Ph.D. graduate, Fnu (Laijia) Lajiadou, is selected for the McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Melbourne

Dr. Lajiadou will continue to focus on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of diversity and inclusion in education.


Kyle Long (Ph.D. 2018), develops Global American Higher Education website

Long spearheads an ongoing effort to analyze and visualize American higher education institutions outside the U.S.


Thank you for joining us at CIES 2023!

Thank you to those who were able to join us at CIES 2023 in Washington, D.C. Over 100 people attended Teachers College’s reception. We hope to see your faces again next year!


Faculty Highlights


TC’s Gita Steiner-Khamsi Will Serve as First UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education Policy

Professor Steiner-Khamsi, Professor of Education at Teachers College, was recently named the first-ever Chair in Comparative Education Policy for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Chair is hosted by the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland


New method course: ITSF 5009 Social Network Analysis!

Oren Pizmony Levy teaches students all about social networks and how they relate to International and Comparative Education.


Beyond the black box: Career workshops for international educational development

“Building Know-how, Nurturing Networks, and Creating Ethical Impact” introduced students to three levels of learning related to their entry into and success in international agencies and organizations.

“I always take their problem as mine” – Understanding the relationship between teacher-student relationships and teacher well-being in crisis contexts

In their recent publication, Danielle Falk, Daniel Shephard, and Mary Mendenhall Ed.D. examine teacher wellness in contexts affected by conflict. They find that teacher-student relationships influence teacher well-being in complex, complementary, and contradictory ways.

Guest Speakers Highlights


Documenting the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi

The Center for African Education (CAE) hosted Dr. Jean Damascene-Gasanabo former director general of research and documentation for the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight against Genocide.


A Conversation with Professor Martín Benavides, Former Minister of Education of Peru

The Education Across the Americas Fall 2022 Course had the pleasure of welcoming the Former Minister of Education of Peru as a guest lecturer to learn more about his work and book in Spanish “La Reforma (Im)posible” “The (Im)possible Reform.”


Documenting the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi

The Center for African Education (CAE) hosted Dr. Jean Damascene-Gasanabo former director general of research and documentation for the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight against Genocide.


Alumni Profiles

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Thank you! Stay tuned for the Fall 2023 newsletter!

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