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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.

Recapping the 2nd Annual Edmund Gordon Lecture

In collaboration with the Program in History and Education at Teachers College as well as the Center on History and Education, IUME wass excited to highlight the "Educating Harlem" lecture series in 2014-2015, which is part of a larger initiative to better explore the forces that shaped education in Harlem. Esteemed scholar, Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, kicked off this year's lecture series at the 2nd Annual Edmund Gordon Lecture. Make sure to check out our Photo Gallery for pictures from this event!

The lecture concluded the Educating Harlem public conference, which was being held prior, with the goal of discussing the history of education in Harlem by bringing together leading voices in the history of education field. For more information about the Educating Harlem conference, click here.

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.

A Historic Evening at the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Lecture

On October 10th, 2013, IUME, in co-sponsorship with the Program in History and Education, hosted Professor Charles M. Payne who delivered the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Address at Teachers College in honor of IUME Founder and legendary figure Dr. Edmund Gordon. The address entitled, “Whatever Happened to the Negro Question? Educational Discourse and the Lost Question of Race”, drew a standing-room-only audience of nearly 200 to Milbank Chapel and helped illustrate how historical understanding is crucial for thinking about contemporary school improvement. In his address, Dr. Payne presented a broad critique of the educational community’s modern perceptions and attitudes towards school achievement, poverty, and race.

Click here to view the lecture on the IUME YouTube channel and here for pictures.

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 2014-2015 Academic Year!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

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

Well, it is hard to believe that another academic year has passed! With the commencement ceremonies and convocations at our doorstep, newly minted graduates are set to go out into the world and enact the change that they have theorized about and practiced often during their time at Teachers College. We are so proud of all our IUME graduates, particularly Crystal Belle and Jamila Lyiscott, newly minted Ph.D.'s!

As for IUME, this fourth full year under Director Ernest Morrell marked a period of continued rapid growth. Our second year on campus significantly changed the visibility and accessibility to the TC and larger Columbia community -- and our offices are finally decorated with posters from our past events! This year continued to be an exciting time of innovation and rejuvenation for the Institute, as this year we continued our past event series -- such as the IUME Colloquia series, which set a record at seven individual colloquia this year! -- but also deepened our current projects with a greater focus on dissemination. New publications such as articles and book chapters from students and staff are being shared, and we had almost countless presentations about this important work. Furthermore, more than anything, this year we have been fortunate to partner with various faculty members, institutions, and organizations both nationally and internationally, particularly with our still-new visible role on campus.

We must remember, then, that IUME’s foundation is, and always will be, research – specifically, research as a form of a social justice. It is the research that drives IUME and is at the heart of what we do and why we do it. We must continue to advance the interests of the disenfranchised through community and student-driven yet rigorous research that illustrates the often-hidden brilliance of youth. The last few years we have sponsored and co-sponsored numerous events, but again, this year was an important year to begin disseminating the research of our research fellows and affiliated scholars. Each year, the dynamic of IUME team changes -- this year, we had a number of advanced doctoral students and advanced masters students, in addition to well-connected affiliated scholars, all of which continued their on-going research.

Overall, it was a highly successful year, yet, it was not done in isolation – we owe this success to you! To the teachers, to the researchers, to the volunteers, to the community leaders, to the parents, and mostly, to the beautiful youth we encounter each day. Thank you to those who dedicate your lives to this work and for supporting the Institute whether by attending one of our campus events or participating in a research project. Frankly, we are humbled by your support and dedication in being part of a coalition of passionate people committed to improving the future of our children and our communities. Yet, as we well know, we all have much work to do – we must continue to come together in the pursuit of social justice for the sake of the brilliant students who are unfairly marginalized in schools all across the world each and every day. And we promise to do that by being on the forefront of cutting edge research.



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