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Partnership with Columbia Teachers College

Posted on 04/07/2017
TC Columbia signing_funmi and Lin Goodwin_June 2017
On Friday 16th June King’s signed an agreement with the Teachers College, Columbia University, moving a step closer to establishing a joint Centre for Innovation in Teacher Development (CITeD). The agreement, signed by Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President & Vice-Principal International at King’s, and Professor Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College at Columbia University will facilitate the development of the centre over the coming year. In addition to collaborative research and knowledge exchange activities, King’s & Teachers College will offer innovative education programmes in teacher development with a focus on equity and social justice, civic education and the preparation of teacher educators.

King’s School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) has been at the forefront of teacher education and education research for over forty years. The School’s mission is to work for the public good through research and teaching focused on education including the enhancement of social, civic and professional engagement, an ethos shared by Teachers College Columbia. Teachers College at Columbia University is the largest graduate school of education in the United States. It is committed to a holistic vision of education, encompassing four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership, and psychology. Both schools are committed to supporting civic activities and the establishment of a joint centre will encourage greater opportunities for civic teaching on both sides of the pond.

President Susan Fuhrman said ‘The new centre will transform the international teacher education landscape by enabling TC and King's to leverage innovative research and knowledge more effectively.’

Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin said ‘This partnership is an extremely promising combination of world-class teaching and research. Together, I hope King’s and TC Columbia will make great strides in innovative teaching and research.’

Professor Viv Ellis, academic lead for the partnership at King’s, has spent the last 12 months as a visiting researcher at Teachers College Columbia University and will work closely with Professor Mariana Souto–Manning at TC to develop the work of the Centre. 

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