A New Academic Year is Upon Us!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, excitement, and a bit of nervousness too. 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, too, 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, this year is special as it constitutes another beginning for the Institute: the opening of our new campus space in Teachers College in the soon-to-be-named Edmund W. Gordon wing. Our new campus space (Zankel Hall 112) will 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.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!