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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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Faculty Fellows

Each year, IUME invites a number of scholars to join the Institute as a "Faculty Fellow" who act as a liaison and partnering academic in our journey towards social justice. In collaboration with Teachers College and IUME, each present a Colloquia that critically engage the community. We are humbled to announce the 2012-2013 IUME Faculty Fellows below:

2012-2013 IUME Faculty Fellows

KEENA ARBUTHNOT received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Psychometrics/Educational Measurement, Applied Statistics and Program Evaluation.  She holds a M.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology and a B.S. degree in Mathematics. In 2005, Dr. Arbuthnot became a Lecturer on Education and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice.

Dr. Arbuthnot conducts research that addresses issues such as: the achievement gap, differential item functioning, psychological factors related to standardized testing performance, stereotype threat, and mathematical achievement and African-American students. Dr. Arbuthnot has served as an instructor in various capacities. She is a former high school mathematics teacher and she has taught several college courses including: Race, Gender & Testing, Applied Statistics in Education, Educational Research Methods, Survey Research Methods, and Principles of Testing and Measurement. Additionally, Dr. Arbuthnot has written a book titled “Filling in the Blanks: Understanding the Black/White Test Score Gap” that was released in 2011.

Dr. Arbuthnot belongs to several prestigious organizations namely the National Council on Measurement in Education, American Educational Research Association, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Arbuthnot will be presenting at Teachers College, Columbia University on March 7th, 2013, giving a talk entitled, "Filling in the Blanks: Understanding Standardized Testing and the Black-White Achievement." She can be contacted at

LIMARYS CARABALLO is an assistant professor of English education in the Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services at Queens College of the City University of New York, where she currently teaches methods courses and graduate seminars in the English education program. She received her doctorate from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was a General Research Fellow and a recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English--Cultivating New Voices among Researchers of Color Fellowship. Dr. Caraballo's dissertation, Constructing and Negotiating Identities-in-Practice: Multiple Identities, the Enacted Curriculum, and the Figured World of Achievement in a Middle School English Classroom, received the American Educational Research Association Division of Curriculum Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2013.

As a former English teacher, administrator, and consultant in diverse public and private secondary schools, Dr. Caraballo is especially interested in culturally sustaining and socially just literacy curricula and pedagogies. The key purposes of her work include complicating conversations about students of color and curriculum, reframing deficit conceptions of lower-income students of color, and advancing the theory and development of curricula that supports the multiple identities and literacies as well as the academic success of minoritized students. Her work has been published in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the International Journal of Multicultural Education, and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education.
Dr. Caraballo will be presenting at Teachers College in Fall 2013 -- details forthcoming.

Click here to read about our 2011-2012 Faculty Fellows, Dr. David Wall Rice and Dr. Maisha Winn, as well as watch their keynote presentations.
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