Past Exhibition

Teachers College: Pioneering Education, Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning

March 5, 2013 - March 31, 2013

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the continuing story of Teachers College at Columbia University—covering not only its work in teacher education but also its many ground-breaking contributions in health, psychology, nutrition and other fields—will be the focus of a new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society. Teachers College: Pioneering Education, Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning is an exhibit of photographs, documents, and artifacts illustrating the history of the nation’s oldest and largest graduate school of education.

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the continuing story of Teachers College at Columbia University—covering not only its work in teacher education but also its many ground-breaking contributions in health, psychology, nutrition and other fields—will be the focus of a new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society. Teachers College: Pioneering Education, Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning is an exhibit of photographs, documents, and artifacts illustrating the history of the nation’s oldest and largest graduate school of education.

Teachers College: Pioneering Education, Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning recaps the College’s humble beginnings as Grace Dodge’s Kitchen Garden Association, through which “lady volunteer” instructors taught cooking, sewing, and other fundamental domestic skills to immigrant women and their children. It traces the Association’s change in focus to educating teachers as the world faced new challenges, and looks at some of the innovations and luminaries that have come from both faculty and graduates. The exhibit concludes with a look at the College’s current-day efforts to shape a new “Century of the Learner” that harnesses new findings from cognitive and neuroscience about how people learn and how teaching can be tailored to meet individual strengths and weaknesses.

Exhibition Highlights

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Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media