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A Historic Evening at the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Lecture

On October 10th, 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.

Introducing the "Educating Harlem" Lecture Series

In collaboration with the Program in History and Education at Teachers College as well as the Center on History and Education, IUME is excited to continue its participation in 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.

This year, Educating Harlem will hold a public conference to discuss the history of education in Harlem, bringing together leading voices in the history of education field. Save the date: October, 2014, from 9:00am to 7:3pm. For more information about Educating Harlem and the upcoming conference, click here.

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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!

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.

Getting Real III Public Videoconference Series Recap

This past fall over the span of 16 weeks, IUME partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University Hip-Hop Education Center to launch an innovative online seminar series called Getting Real III. Seminal scholars and leaders in the growing field of Hip-Hop studies focused their attention on how Hip-Hop culture, culturally relevant pedagogy and youth participatory action research can successfully be used to close the education gap in America's public schools.

This online public videoconference series was highly successful. The final four lectures were at Teachers College, and can be viewed in full HERE -- so check them out! The TC speakers featured Professor Chris Emdin, Professor Ernest Morrell, Jen Johnson, and Sam Seidel with Dave "TC" Ellis. (Original lineup here.)

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Announcements > Assistant Director Veronica Holly Selected as for Senior Fellow Global Education Policy Fellowship Program (GEPFP)

Assistant Director Veronica Holly Selected as for Senior Fellow Global Education Policy Fellowship Program (GEPFP)

Veronica Holly Selected as Senior Fellow Global Education Policy Fellowship Program (GEPFP) Institute for Educational Leadership 2012-2013

Veronica Holly, Assistant Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University has been selected a 2012-2013 Senior Fellow, for the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Global Education Policy Fellowship Program (GEPFP). The GEPFP provides Senior Fellows with the opportunity to study education policy in the Age of Globalization by investigating education development challenges in economically developed and developing countries.

This years’ program includes a Study Tour of China’s education system, with a 10-day visit to Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, China in the fall, and a policy briefing and analysis in Washington, DC. next spring.   The study tour will provide fellows with an opportunity to develop relationships with educators in China; visit schools, ministries of education, and other educational organizations; collect data relating to the policy analysis project; and visit historic and cultural sites in three Chinese cities.

“I am really anxious to take a first hand look at how China is dealing with its large urban migration in schools, and how it is addressing issues of inequity in its rural areas”, says Veronica. As a Senior Fellow, the program will serve to enhance Veronica understanding of the approaches that developing and developed countries are taking to ensure their education systems are preparing young people for a globally competitive economy, and will work to develop her global perspective of the United States’ efforts to ensure its schools are globally competitive.  Veronica will be in China October 18-28th.
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