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What does COS Do?

Posted by Council of Students in Council of Students Blog on Jan 12, 2012

You may not be quite sure what COS does, but you've probably seen us around campus. We've brought you cookies, coffee, and pastries, panel discussions on teachers in the media, faculty conversations on international education, even popcorn and a movie.

We've been busy this semester and we assume you have, too. Here's what you missed:

Unofficial Guide to Bank Street

During the first week of school, we gave out chalkboard cookie sand copies of our Unofficial Guide to Bank Street.  The cookies are gone but if you missed picking up the guide, you can get it here. It's got loads of helpful information including teacher certification exams, the latest technology for teachers, volunteering opportunities, and how to score free museum admission.

 Coffee and snacks

We're also the ones giving out free coffee and pastries in t he lobby. One of COS's goals is to promote community and help students connect with each other through social events, on campus and off. In November, students gathered for a coffee and cocoa break near Bryant Park. In December, we sponsored our first potluck, which included chocolate fondue, cheese and wine. Don't worry, we'll have another one this spring. 

New York Cares Day

In October, COS sponsored a team of students to paint a mural at a Brooklyn middle school as part of New York Cares Day, which aims to revitalize hundreds of schools in New York City. If you missed it, they’ll be another opportunity in April for Hands On New York Day when you can help clean up a city park. 

Discussions on Education

We've also been feeding your brain, too—from panel discussions on the media's coverage of education to a more intimate discussion with faculty on international education.

The second in our "Teachers in Society Panel Series” showcased reporters Philissa Cramer of Gotham Schools and Leslie Brody of the The Record (Hackensack, N.J), teacher-activists Jose Vilson and Megan Behrent, and NYU professor and education researcher Jennifer Jennings (aka Eduwonkette). Moderated by Justin Snider of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, the conversation touched upon the media's difficulty accessing schools, the validity and accessibility of teacher evaluations and the role and impact of teacher blogs. Catch the start of the discussion here.


At the end of the semester, faculty members Virginia Casper and Roberta Altman shared tales of their many years working abroad—it was a Peace Corp stint in rural India that first ignited Roberta’s interest in international education and Virginia discussed her 15 years of experience working in South Africa. The event was an opportunity for students to explore some of the challenges in teaching in unfamiliar settings abroad.


Movie Night

To cap off the fall semester, we cozied up for a movie and popcorn. COS held a viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth about Waiting for Superman." The film, made by NYC parents and teachers, was a response to the mainstream documentary "Waiting for Superman."  After the viewing, people from the Grassroots Education Movement, who made the movie, joined students for a discussion. 

Stay tuned for more events planned for the spring semester, including continuing conversations with faculty, panel discussions with educators from across the city, happy hours, and volunteering projects.

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