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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 announce its participation in the new "Educating Harlem" lecture series, which is part of a larger initiative to better explore the forces that shaped education in Harlem.

On March 27th, the first "Educating Harlem" lecture took place at Teachers College in front of a packed room in Russell Hall, where Dr. Martha Biondi -- Professor of Education at Northwestern University -- spoke about her research on youth revolutions at City College in the 1960s. Our next speaker will be Dr. Khalil Muhammad, who is currently the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture. For more information about the Education Harlem initiative, click here.

Subcribe to the new IUME Newsletter!

In October, IUME redesigned its monthly newsletter in a way that not only increases dissemination, but most importantly, better shares all the events and news with the world. The newsletter is available in PDF format, but also available via hard copy at the IUME office at Teachers College. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter and e-mail list on the bottom right-hand side of this IUME homepage.

For more information and to download/view past IUME newsletters, 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!

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.)

Recapping the Final IUME Colloquia of 2012 on "Ill Literacies"

IUME's last Colloquia at the Gordon Campus was spearheaded by two dynamic scholars--Crystal Belle and Jamila Lyiscott--who are both Research Fellows at IUME and Ph.D. students in English Education. Both Crystal and Jamila, versed in spoken word and literacy experts in the making, discussed critical issues in literacy as it applies to democracy and freedom inside schools. We had a full house at the Gordon Campus, and it was a wonderful way to reflect on 2012 with critical discussion and passionate performances from both Crystal and Jamila.

The Colloquium is viewable in full on our YouTube channel and also don't forget to view our photo gallery, too! (For original information and details, click here.)


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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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