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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,

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 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. 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.

While 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 community.

This first fall/winter 2014 semester has seen numerous research projects underway that we are continuing this semester in winter/spring 2015 – and remember, it is the research that drives IUME and is at the heart of what we do and why we do it. We always emphasize advancing the interests of the disenfranchised through community and student-driven yet rigorous research that illustrates the brilliance of youth. Research aside, we have had various  colloquia, presentations, and co-sponsored conferences this past semester, so make sure to stay connected for our spring 2015 events. 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, thanks for visiting – it is time to get to work!



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