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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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Upcoming Events


Community > Affiliated Conferences & Events

Affiliated Conferences & Events

IUME is proud to be involved in a number of local and national conferences this year that help move the critical dialogue in education forward. We look forward to seeing you at these important conferences and share in a collaboration of the brightest and most passionate minds in education and beyond. As more information about these conferences in terms of CFPs and IUME's involvement becomes available, this section of the website will be updated accordingly.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES:

5th Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY


“Connecting People to Purpose and Practice for Progress”
Keynote speaker: Gloria Ladson-Billings

The Teachers College, Columbia University Black Student Network (BSN) Call for Proposals is our request for research proposals for our fifth annual Diversity in Research Conference to be held on May 3rd, 2014. The Diversity in Research Conference provides a platform for students, practitioners, schools, and community leaders to engage in meaningful discourse related to contemporary issues in education.

The Black Student Network affirms that “the heart of education as a practice of freedom [must] promote growth”. Thus, the conference theme seeks to “connect people to purpose and practice for progress.” More specifically, the conference will focus on the interconnections between: research that calls for a movement beyond deficit constructs; synergies between emerging scholars and the communities they seek to empower; critical education; and culturally relevant praxis. In addition to these examples, an array of other proposal foci that encompass the conference theme will also be considered.

The conference seeks to create an empowering atmosphere where participants connect passion to praxis, ignite critical consciousness, and walk away with a call to action. Therefore, the conference will serve as a conduit for students to gain experience presenting their research, interface with experts, and connect with volunteer opportunities within the local community.

This year, the Diversity in Research Conference offers:
● Roundtable Discussion: An opportunity for conference attendees to participate in discussion centered on a particular issue. A facilitator will provide a brief presentation of the subject in question and aid in guiding the discussion.
● Poster Presentations: Participant’s work will be presented on a visual display and participant will engage attendees about their work and answer questions.
● Paper Presentations: Oral presentations, aided by PowerPoint that may involve one or more presenters.
In addition to our key note speaker, we will have additional speakers throughout the day, whom of which will discuss how they “connect people to purpose and practice for progress” in their daily work.

*To submit your proposal, please fill out the proposal form on our website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/DIRP

*Please submit proposals by April 11th at 5pm

*For any questions please email us at bsnacademic@gmail.com


PAST CONFERENCES:

Communities in Action Conference: Access to Quality Education for Latino/a Students
March 28-29, 2014
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY


This two-day conference, co-sponsored by IUME and led by some of IUME's project assistants, highlighted some of the most promising strategies and practices by teachers, administrators, and community leaders to support Latino/a students in K-12 education. This conference featured a Keynote evening with acclaimed TC Professor Christopher Emdin, and various other scholars, high school students, and graduate students. Among the various topics discussed were: culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy, family, community engagement, understanding youth culture for teaching and learning, and supporting newly-arrived immigrants. This conference served as a forum to promote powerful teaching for Latino/a students in the 21st century.


Inaugural Trayvon Effect Conference (organized by IUME Fellow Crystal Fellow)
February 28-March 1, 2014
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY


At this groundbreaking conference at the two-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin's tragic death, IUME launched the inaugural Trayvon Effect Conference at Teachers College. Led by IUME Research Fellow Crystal Belle and the IUME team, this two days conference featured dialogue, discussions, and ways to take action against racial profiling inside and outside the realm of education. The second day focused on youth, where as youth from all across the country performed acts of poetry, spoken word, and drama around issues of discrimination and profiling. This event mobilized not just the TC community, but all of New York City, featuring panelists and presenters from all over the country and a diverse array of community members. This event, attended by hundreds of people, garnered much attention across social media.

For pictures from this event (and video is coming soon), please click here.


2013 Beyond Bullying Summit
January 14, 2013
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY


IUME partnered with education publishing firm Zaner-Bloser to sponsor the first of its kind and inaugural national summit on bullying in schools, entitled "Beyond Bullying." It was a resounding success, with hundreds gathering to discuss this vital topic in schools across the country, seeking to find solutions to negate bullying in schools and promote student wellness. This all-day national summit, bringing together academic experts, will be broadcast on C-SPAN in the coming months. For more information about this groundbreaking event, read the recap via the TC Media Press, featuring commentary by IUME Director Ernest Morrell.

Below is a video featuring Dr. Morrell, Dr. Jodene Morrell and two LTI Teacher Fellows at the Beyond Bullying Summit:



Preemptive Education Conference feat. NYC Urban Word
September 28 - 30, 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University; NYU; El Puente, Brooklyn


IUME was proud to co-sponsor along with NYU the "Preemptive Education Conference," with this year's new theme being "The New Digital Underground: Voice, Media & Critical Pedagogy." This year's theme explored the impact of digital and social media on teaching and learning, and ways to utilize advances in technology to engage students. This 3 Day Conference is designed for educators, mentors, administrators, guidance counselors, community leaders, education students, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to urban education gain a better understanding of the scope of hip hop history, culture, and politics.

IUME Director Ernest Morrell spoke on a panel that kicked off the Conference at TC on September 28th. Watch Dr. Morrell respond to an immensely powerful spoken word poem from an Urban Word Scholar:


6th Critical Race Studies in Education Conferences
May 31 - June 2, 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY


The Critical Race Studies in Education Association is a collective of scholar activists committed to the larger project of racial justice in schools within the P-20 spectrum. This conference, sponsored by IUME at TC, was the 6th Annual National Conference and was entitled, "Race, Citizenship, Activism, and the Meaning of Social Justice for the 21st Century: The Legacy of Professor Derrick Bell."

             

IUME Fellows presenting (from left to right): Jamila Lyiscot, Crystal Belle, Cati de los Rios, and Barry Goldenberg

Click here for more information and to visit the CRSEA website.


Annual American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference
Friday, April 13 - April 17, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

The 2012 Annual Meeting AERA theme was "Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough." Much of the IUME team attended the conference, participating and presenting on a variety of levels throughout the weekend, in what became our first AERA conference as an Institute under the new leadership. Watch the video of IUME Director Ernest Morrell presenting:



3rd Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference
March 31st
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY

Sponsored by IUME and put on by the Black Student Network (BSN), this conference theme was inspired by the African proverb "It takes a whole village to raise a child"; A Village of Good Work focuses on the idea and components of doing "good work" by generating a discussion on what we, as a community, can do to create a better world for our children. Proposals for presentations relating to this year's theme and issues surrounding civic engagement, teaching and learning, urban youth studies, higher education, and social justice initiatives are invited from graduate students, research scholars, high school students, teachers, and community partners.


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