Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!Happy new (academic) year to all the educators, activists, students, parents, community members, and scholars,
On the first day of school, millions of children everywhere
strap on their backpacks with a certain level of eagerness and excitement, complimented by a
bit of nervousness for incoming unknown. In some ways, each child’s backpack serves as a
metaphor for all the knowledge, cultural wealth, and above all, endless dreams
that each student brings as he or she enters the classroom doors for the first
As educators and researchers, of course, our backpacks (or briefcases for some!) are full too -- full of research proposals, ideas, books, lesson plans, conference schedules, and busy agendas. And, of course, the new year brings a sense of anticipation for each of us as we also attempt to empty out our backpacks in the pursuit of educational equity. At IUME, we are very much looking forward to doing our best to put theory into action and make a difference in education.
we are excited -- and thankful for the opportunity -- to continue producing
critical research around educational equity, we are equally excited for the 2014-2015 year as we expand our presence on campus: this will be our second year being at our campus
space in Teachers College in the Edmund W. Gordon wing. Our campus space (Zankel Hall 112) will continue to increase our visibility and
accessibility, and we are extremely enthusiastic for this opportunity to
continue our goal of becoming an integral part of the Teachers College
As we gear up for the new year, numerous research projects are already underway – and remember, it is the research that drives IUME and is at the heart of what we do and why we do it. We plan to continue advancing the interests of the disenfranchised through community and student-driven yet rigorous research that illustrates the brilliance of youth. Research aside, we are actively filling our calendar with colloquia, presentations, and conferences, so make sure to stay connected. Above all, thank you for your continued support of IUME -- and for helping to create a more just and equitable society through critical research in education. It is a collective effort to make change, but, together we truly can create a difference in the lives of our youth.Coming full circle, it is our job as educators and researchers to make sure students' knowledge is utilized in each classroom and that every student has a chance to achieve at high levels – and empty out that backpack full of hopes and dreams. Without further ado, welcome back to school – it is time to get to work!