Eating Your Way around TC 

Appletree Market ~ deli and grocery on Amsterdam and 120

Subs Conscious ~ coffee, salads, sandwiches, soups on Amsterdam between 119 and 120

Che Bella Pizza ~ pizza, subs, pasta on Amsterdam between 119 and 120

Flat Top Bistro & Cafe ~ Amsterdam at 121

Kitchenette ~ comfort food…chicken and waffles, chili, great breakfast- Amsterdam between 122 and 123

Amsterdam Restaurant and Tapas Lounge ~ 1207 Amsterdam between 119 and 120

Panini D’Parma ~ Italian deli Amsterdam between 120 and 121

Ajanta ~ Indian on Amsterdam between 120th and 121st

Massawa ~ Ethiopian on Amsterdam at 121st

Nikko ~ Asian Fusion & Hibachi grill, great sushi on Amsterdam at 123

Max Soha ~ Italian on Amsterdam at 123rd

Kuro Kuma Espresso & Coffee (plus pastries!) ~ Broadway between 124 and 125

And my favorite…Pisticci located at 125 La Salle St (124th) just west of Bway

Lots, lots more south of Columbia stop and north of 125th…explore and enjoy!

A Literacy Specialist Perk: Becoming a TCRWP Fellow

As part of the program, you have the opportunity to become a Fellow for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Fellows are required to attend a certain number of Calendar Days (one day conferences/professional development by well-known authors or speakers) to help with registration and assist presenters when needed. There are a wide variety of options for Calendar Days and you would be able to choose ones that apply to your interests and practice. As a Fellow you also help at the Saturday Reunions held twice a year. It’s a great way to get involved in the Project’s work and expand your graduate school experience!

More information about becoming a Fellow and a sign up will be available at orientation.

Counting down to the FIRST DAY of SCHOOL!

We hope you are making the most of these last summer days!

Orientation for new students is next Monday, August 31st.

Check out the link for more information:

Our Curriculum & Teaching department meeting will be at 1 pm in 408 Zankel, followed by our Literacy Specialist program meeting 1:30-2:30 in 418 Zankel.  You’ll have a chance to meet all faculty as well as other students.  All of you are registered, but if you have questions there will be opportunity for advisement.

Please make sure you have sent your information sheets to Ellen.  You’ll also want to get your TC ID and check the new student info for other necessaries.  Classes begin on Wednesday, September 2. Monday classes will not begin until September 14 due to the Labor Day holiday.
We can’t wait to see you and begin our semester!

Out of Program Electives

To satisfy TC’s depth and breadth requirement, you must take two out-of-program (or non-program) electives.  These CAN be in the C&T department, but CANNOT be offered by our program or program faculty.  One must be literacy related.

So many choices!  Our advice is to begin browsing in C&T, but also consider what other departments might interest you or ways you would like to round out your academic experience.  Non-program electives must be 2 or 3 credits each — go for 2 if possible to allow more credits in your program courses.  Feel free to reach out to the instructor to gain more info about the course and assignments; think of yourself as a consumer and get the most for your time and dollars.

Here are some options for the fall.  They are not necessarily recommendations, but rather suggestions.  It’s always a good idea to run the course number and title by one of us to check.

Course Name Time Credits CRN
C&T 4001: Differentiating Instruction in Inclusion Classrooms Monday 7:20-9pm






C&T 4004: School Change Wednesday 7:20-9pm 3 30064
C&T 4010: Immigration and Curriculum Wednesday 7:20-9pm 2 or 3 31992
C&T 4021: Nature and Needs of Gifted Students Tuesday 3-4:40pm 2 or 3 30806
C&T 4615: Young Children and Social Policy: Issues and Problems Monday 5:10-6:50pm 2 or 3 31919
ITSF 4011:

Social Context of Education

Wednesday 3-4:40pm 3 32043
MSTM 4019: Mathematics Teaching and Learning Thursday, 7:20-9pm 3 30791
A&HA 4078: Art for Classroom Teachers Wednesday, 4:10-6:40pm 2 or 3 30518
A&HA 5082: Philosophies of Art Education Thursday, 7:20-9pm 2 or 3 30721
A&HB 4020: Foundations of Bilingual Sp. Ed. Wednesday, 5:10-6:50pm 3 31986
A&HF 4094: School and Society Wednesday, 5:10-6:50pm 2 or 3 31923
A&HH 4070: History of Education in the US Thursday, 5:10-


3 32014
A&HL 4000: Introduction to Linguistics Wednesday, 7:20-9pm 3 30950
A&HW 4036: The Teaching of Social Studies Wednesday, 3-4:40pm 3 31318

It’s time for the TCRWP Institutes!

The TCRWP Reading and Writing Institutes, along with the Content Area Institute, are summer highlights.  Some describe them as “teacher camp!” Educators come from all over the world to enhance their instructional practices and be part of the Institute experience.  Many of our new students will launch their coursework with the Institutes…and then there are graduates and participants who are attending for the 5th, 6th, 10th time!

Welcome and enjoy!  Consider these tips and tricks to make your week even better:

  • Bring a sweater, some rooms get chilly!
  • Arrive on time — you don’t want to miss a minute
  • TC is a tricky maze, so rely on your Trail Guide map and the posted direction signs to help you navigate
  • Post-its, pens/pencils, and extra paper may come in handy
  • Bring a lunch if you can to avoid long waits at local spots
  • Charge your computer during lunch so it’s ready for the afternoon
  • If you love a chart or a slide, ask to take a picture
  • Bring a phone charger
  • The keynotes are amazing — be sure to attend them all!
  • Choose your closing sessions beforehand and have backups just in case
  • Make friends and ask questions; get contact information
  • Start a booklist; you will be glad you did!

Friday Book Favorites: Unlikely Friendships

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

1Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge is a young boy who lives next door to a nursing home. He is friends with all of the people who live there and visits them often. His favorite person is Miss Nancy and when she loses her memory, Wilfred Gordon goes on a search to find her memories. A quest to help his beloved friend turns into an inquiry into the definition of a memory. Wilfred Gordon learns the power of memories, and even more so, the power of being a true friend.

Flora and The Flamingo by Molly Idle2

This wordless picture book won the Caldecott Honor and is the first in a series, which includes Flora and The Penguin and will soon include Flora and the Peacock. Humor and heart fill the pages of this book as these unlikely friends join together to perform a dance of friendship. Idle’s use of flaps and foldout pages allows the reader to interact with the story on another level, bringing the dance to life.

City Dog Country Frog by Mo Willems

3While Mo Willems is typically known for his laugh out loud humor, his book, City Dog Country Frog, takes a more serious approach to meaningful friendships. He tells the story of a city dog who visits the country and befriends a solitary frog. The wonderful combination of Willems’ brief but carefully chosen prose and Jon Muth’s expressive watercolors will tug at the heartstrings of young readers – and older ones, too!

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff4

The 2004 Tsunami left baby hippo, Owen, stranded and orphaned in Kenya. During his rescue and recovery, he developed an unlikely and amazing friendship with a 130-year old tortoise named Mzee. Owen and Mzee catalogs the true story of an inspiring relationship that blossomed despite tremendous differences and overwhelming obstacles.