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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.

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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 Welcomes Fulbright Scholar Katharine Vincent

IUME Welcomes Fulbright Scholar Katharine Vincent

Fulbright Scholar 2011-2012

This Fall the Institute for Urban and Minority Education is proud to welcome Fulbright Scholar and doctoral candidate Katharine Vincent to the Teachers College community.  Katharine was born in Cheltenham, grew up in Leicestershire and graduated with a BA (Hons) in English from Cambridge University in 1999.  Prior to completing a PGCE at London University’s Institute of Education (IOE), she then spent two years teaching English in rural Japan as a participant on the JET program.  Katharine joined the UK government’s Fast Track Teaching scheme in 2002 and became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2006.  She was awarded a Best Practice Research Scholarship in 2004 for her study of students with literacy difficulties, and was a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools Trust between 2004 and 2006. 

At present, Katharine is Assistant Head teacher at an east London secondary school where, as well as teaching English, she is responsible for curriculum development and for the school’s Sixth Form.  Having completed a Master of Teaching with Distinction at IOE in 2006, she now also works as an Associate Tutor on the course, which provides theoretical and practical research training to teachers working in London schools.  For her Masters dissertation, Katharine focused on the difficulty of teaching poetry from different cultures to students from a white working class community, exploring issues of language, identity and culture. 

Katharine first became interested in the American education system while working on a summer camp in Massachussets during her undergraduate studies, as part of the Camp America program.  She was particularly struck by the confidence of American teenagers and their ability to work effectively in to overcome obstacles and create innovative solutions to problems.  In 2007, Katharine was awarded a Walter Hines Page scholarship by the English Speaking Union to visit schools in California, Texas and Louisiana, investigating the similarities and differences between the US and UK school systems.  This included visits to charter and magnet schools, and provided insight into strategies used to support integration within diverse school communities and to overcome under-achievement in deprives inner city areas.

Katharine is now studying for a Doctor in Education at IOE, and was recently awarded a Research Fellowship by the London Education Research Unit (LERU).  She is currently working on a narrative research project, exploring the construction of educational success by Bangladeshi girls living in a socio-economically deprived area of east London.  As a Fulbright Scholar with Special Student Researcher status at Teachers College, Columbia University, Katharine plans to carry out fieldwork for her doctoral thesis in New York City schools and will work closely with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.  Her research has a strong focus on social justice and addressing inequality, and she is keen to gather evidence about the impact of girls’ education on the economic and civic well-being of local and national communities.

Alongside her work and studies, Katharine enjoys traveling and learning languages.  She has spent several months in the Middle East teaching Palestinian refugees with British charity Unipal, for whom she also recruits and trains volunteers.  She is part Italian and is looking forward to re-connecting with her Italian heritage while living in NYC.  Katharine is delighted to have been awarded a scholarship by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, part of the Fulbright programme which was conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.  Created by a treaty in 1948, the Commission is a bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme that aims to develop the future leaders for tomorrow and to support the ‘special relationship’ between the US and UK.

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