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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.


Announcements > IUME Director Ernest Morrell featured in English Literacy Blog

IUME Director Ernest Morrell featured in English Literacy Blog

IUME Director Ernest Morrell was featured in a well-visited national blog, entitled SmartBlog for Education, which is also featured in the National Council for Literacy Education (NCLE) SmartBrief. To view the original article, click here, or read the transcript below.


Ernest Morrell, director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College Columbia University, is a leading voice in literacy and English education. In this interview with SmartBrief education editor Trigie Ealey, he offers his take on the state of literacy, technology, and collaboration as teachers and students across the country head back to school.

What is digital literacy education and how does it translate to the classroom?

The world is changing quickly. The available communications tools at our disposal have changed what it means to be literate. We have a generation of youth that is saturated with information and we also have a generation of sophisticated information producers. A digital literacy education will help our youth to become better consumers and producers of information in the digital age. We need to allow our students to produce and distribute information multimodally in classrooms. This includes adding blogs, wikis, PowerPoint slides, and digital videos to the usual class essays. It also means that we have to teach students to “read” media such as magazine covers, songs, films, television shows, and Internet sites. Our youth are forming views of themselves and the world based on information they receive via the media so literacy educators have to help them understand how to decode and deconstruct these messages. Finally, in the age of Google and Wikipedia, all of us are using the Internet as a research tool so part of our responsibility entails helping students to use the Internet more systematically and ethically in their academic research.

What is one current education issue that you predict will be a game changer for the future of  literacy education in America’s schools? Why?

Without a doubt, it’s educational policies that negatively impact the morale of the profession. Nothing matters more to the future of education than recruiting and retaining good teachers, and if we continue our public assault on teachers, I am concerned that it will be difficult to convince the best and brightest of our youth that teaching is a career that they should pursue. Teachers need resources, support, and praise, and we need to be doing everything we can to bolster our current generation of educators while we aggressively reach out to prospective teachers on our college and university campuses. I would love to see a national campaign to recruit the next generation of literacy teachers, and I would like to see more balanced reporting that also focuses on the outstanding literacy instruction that occurs in countless classrooms across the country every day.

Why is it so important for teachers to collaborate with other teachers?

I see collaborative inquiry as essential to the future of the discipline. When teachers are able to plan together, to ask hard questions of their practice, and when they can collect and share information about their successes, the profession grows and teaching improves. The answers to most of our pressing questions are in the classrooms, and no group is better positioned to provide those answers than our practicing teachers. I am excited about NCLE’s Centers for Literacy Education because they provide a forum for teachers to work together at their school sites and to share their journeys with colleagues across the nation. It was for this very purpose that NCTE was founded [more than]100 years ago.

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