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RSVP for a Special Guest Lecture with Dr. Shirley Steinberg

IUME is excited to announce that Dr. Shirley Steinberg, Research Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary and Consulting Professor and Director of the Institute of Youth and Community Research at the University of the West of Scotland, will be speaking at Teachers College! Dr. Steinberg has published countless books on youth culture, and her upcoming talk is entitled "Islamic Youth as Political Pawns: Critically Deconstructing Fear and Media.

To RSVP for Dr. Steinberg's lecture, please click here.

IUME Director Ernest Morrell's NCTE Presidential Address Published

IUME Director Ernest Morrell's 2014 NCTE Presidential Address has just been published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Morrell served as NCTE President from 2013-2014, and at this year's annual conference in Boston, he gave the annual President Address as a capstone to the conference. Congratulations once again for completing his Presidential year at NCTE and leading--and inspiring--tens of thousands of English teachers nationwide!

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to read the recently published speech on the NCTE website and click here to watch a recorded video of his speech on the IUME YouTube channel.

Learn More About IUME's Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI) Project

 IUME was excited to announce the launch of the Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI) Project in spring, 2012. Since then, we have partnered with dynamic elementary and middle school teachers from Harlem and Brooklyn in an effort to collaboratively work toward finding increased pedagogical methods for students. The LTI Project is led by Dr. Jodene Morrell of Teachers College. We have grown in number and ideas each year, received competitive research grants, presented at Teachers College and state, national, and international conferences, and written for publication.

Check out our LTI page for more information and check out the biographies of the Teacher Fellows here!

Welcome to our newest IUME Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellows!

We are excited to welcome our newest group of accomplished and innovative IUME Fellows who will be working with us this year. Our IUME Faculty Fellows include Dr. Brian Lozenski, from Metropolitan State University, and Deron Wallace, from the University of Cambridge. In addition, Teachers College's Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Monique Lane, from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), will also be be a part of IUME research this year.

Learn more about them on our Faculty Fellow page and Postdoctoral Fellow page.

Learn More about the Youth Historians in Harlem Program!

The Youth Historians in Harlem (YHH) project, sponsored by IUME, is a new critical approach to teaching history in urban schools in Harlem, focusing on empowering minority youth through their own cultural experiences, involving students in the practice of "doing" history through guided projects, programs, and participatory action research. YHH seeks to increase students' interest in history through innovative and engaging pedagogical approaches that help them become historians, researching the rich historical past of ‘their’ Harlem community. While YHIH seeks to advance the historical knowledge of education in Harlem, above all, our project seeks to make history relevant to urban students and help increase academic achievement. To learn more about this exciting project, visit the official website here.

Subscribe to our IUME YouTube Channel!

Have you visited the official IUME YouTube page recently? Want to learn more about IUME? Make sure to stop by our YouTube page here and watch a few of our videos and subscribe!. Not only do we keep a collection of IUME events and Colloquia, but our video team prepares short clips on critical research. The most recent Beyond Bullying presentation is now available, as is our December Colloquium and other great clips that should be shared!

In our increasingly digital and mutlimodal era, we believe strongly in collaborative educational content, so make sure to check back often and subscribe to your channel.

Home > Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year!

Hello to all the educators, activists, students, parents, community members, and scholars,

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break full of rest and relaxation -- 2016 is officially here! As the Spring semester begins for millions of children, they, they will strap on their backpacks again with a certain level of eagerness and, hopefully, excitement to continue the year. 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 time.

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. Some of these ideas -- papers, proposals, you name it -- have been enacted in the Fall, but so many are still yet to unfold in this first half of 2016. Keeping in mind the children we serve, we attempt to empty out our backpacks and briefcases for one reason: 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.

While we are excited -- and thankful for the opportunity -- to continue producing critical research around educational equity, this year is, in some sense, a perfect example of both the revolving door and consistent routine that makes up our work. Now mid-way through our third academic year on campus at Zankel 112, we’ve had various M.A. and Ph.D. IUME student cohorts enroll and graduate, and celebrated our 40th anniversary and TC’s 125th anniversary in the past few years. We have a mix of new and old IUME graduate students, new and old colloquium series and special events, and while the 40th anniversary is certainly behind us, we are already gearing up for our 45th.

What always remains consistent, even as we gear up for the new year, is the fact that 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 to all our social media channels. 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. Just remember it is a collective effort to make change within this beautiful struggle, 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. No matter what, we cannot let the current injustices cloud our vision for the future. Without further ado, Happy 2016 – it is time to continue our work!



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