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.
IUME Partners with the NCAA for the Final Four NCAA Youth Day
The NCAA Championships Community Programs and Youth Clinics, in partnership with YES Inc., and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University will present "A Healthy Mind, Body, and Community" Youth Day Program to approximately 400 middle-school students during the 2013 Men's Final Four®
Basketball Youth Day program on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Atlanta.
The program will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, and will provide students from the Fulton County School System with an opportunity to gain a stronger understanding of the benefits of community service and maintaining a healthy mind and body. To read the full Press Release, please click here.
Recapping "Beyond Bullying" Summit with IUME Director Morrell
On January 14th, 2013, at Teachers College, Columbia University, experts from all over the country gathered to discuss the issue of bullying in K-12 schools. In a one day national summit sponsored by IUME and education publisher Zaner-Bloser, much critical dialogue occurred in an effort to promote this important issue to the forefront of education. The event was a resounding success! In addition, IUME Director Dr. Ernest Morrell and Dr. Jodene Morrell, Director of IUME's Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI), along with Teacher Fellows Rachael Cooper and Danielle Del Gatto, each presented their work and ideas for advancing students' literacy skills and creating positive school environments. (This is available for viewing on our YouTube channel.)
to read about this ground-breaking event via BeyondBullying.com and click here
to read the official recap via the TC Media Press Release.
Learn More About IUME's Literacy Teachers Initiative
Last year, IUME was excited to announce the launch of the Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI), which partners with dynamic teachers from the community in an effort to collaboratively work toward finding increased pedagogical methods for students. LTI is led by Dr. Jodene Morrell of Teachers College and in partnership with Community School District 5 of the New York City Department of Education. The nine inaugural Teacher Fellows conducted their research and will present their findings this fall, and with the addition of three new Teachers Fellows, the program has successfully expanded in its second year.
Check out our LTI page
for more information and check out the biographies of the Teacher Fellows here
! (In addition, click here
for details of the fall presentations by the teachers.)
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.
Recapping the IUME Colloquia on "The Future of U.S. Latino/a Education"
The first IUME Colloquium of 2013 took place on February 8th, at the Gordon Campus in Harlem (at 12pm), here Doctoral student Catí de los Ríos and M.A. Candidate Cyndi Bendezu discussed their research. Their colloquium was collectively titled "The Future of U.S. Latino/a Secondary and Postsecondary Education: Transversing and Achieving in the K-12 Multi-Dimensional Borderlands and Undocumented Students Persisting in Higher Education." Specifically, Cati presented her most recent paper, "A Curriculum of the Borderlands: High School Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies as Sitios y Lenguas," while Cyndi presented her most recent work entitled "Undocumented Students Post-DACA: Supporting Undocumented Latina/o Students in Higher Education."
Click here for the original full details and click here for the video of the Colloquium on our YouTube channel.
IUME Partnering with the "I Have a Dream Foundation"
IUME is excited to share that we have partnered with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation - DeHostos Chapter in an effort to promote literacy, cultivate voice and increase agency among their urban and minority high school students. The "I Have a Dream Foundation" works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education--a goal that resemples our IUME mission of equity in education. Our partnership commenced earlier this year as we work with IHADF to strengthen the future of youth.
For more information about our partnership and to get involved, click here.
Now Accepting Proposals for the 4th Annual DiRP Conference!
IUME, in sponsorship with Teachers College's Black Student Network (BSN) is now seeking proposals for the 4th Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference (DiRP). DiRP seeks to influence the progression of diversity in education research and practice by assembling students, scholars, and community leaders concerned with critical issues in education. The 2013 conference theme “Changing the Game: Expanding Discourses in Research” is representative of the changing landscape in education research and practice.
to submit a proposal and contact the Black Student Network (BSN) here
for more information.
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.
Recapping IUME 2011-2012 -- A Heartfelt Thank You!
Thank you everyone who made the 2012-2013 a wonderful year for IUME! We look forward to working with community and continuing our quest to pursuing community-oriented and student-centered educational research but involving the people in the middle of this work--the community and the students.
We have a lot of exciting and stimulating lectures, seminars, and events in the upcoming year, but, in the meantime, make sure to read our recap of the past year HERE.
In addition, click HERE
for a PDF document of all our major events this past year.
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Press RoomThe IUME "Press Room" is our opportunity to share when IUME or our faculty, staff, and students are featured in media outlets across the internet.
Beyond Bullying Summit Recapped on Front Page of TC Website featuring Commentary from Dr. Morrell
TC Media Center
January 16, 2013
...IUME’s Director, Ernest Morrell, amplified the idea that using literacy instruction can develop social-emotional skills in young students, particularly those in schools that serve largely minority populations who are often disinterested and feel disconnected from school. For children to be invested in school and in learning to read and write, they must value themselves and come to believe they have something valuable to say, that school is a safe place to say it, and that they have secure attachments to other people and some social awareness, Morrell said. Reading and writing can help reinforce those beliefs. “Helping kids understand and like themselves is a precursor to understanding others. We can do these things in the common core curriculum, in social students, science and math class.” To read the full article, click here.
Director Ernest Morrell Featured in Q&A on "Teaching Students to Become Better Consumers and Producers of Information"
SmartBlog on Education
August 24, 2012
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.
Click here to read the full Q&A article with Dr. Morrell...
IUME Post-Doctoral Fellow Arshad Ali Featured in Article on NYPD Muslim Surveillance
Youth Radio News
April 27th, 2012
Imagine being afraid to sign up for a particular college course, or ask a burning question to your professor because it might be recorded and documented in a police report with your name on it.
Recent investigations by the Associated Press show that the New York Police Department has put in place deep levels of surveillance over Muslim communities. This includes sending agents to immerse themselves in communities of Muslims and document religious and political activity in police reports. The NYPD involved the CIA and the FBI to create their intelligence plan.
That’s the dilemma that many Muslim college students are facing in New York and surrounding areas.
Click here to read the full article that features Dr. Ali...
Columbia Teachers College's Ernest Morrell Takes The Lead in Urban and Minority Education
The Columbia Newsletter: News For Our Neighbor
Winter 2012(February 2012)
Professor Ernest Morrell has a lot on his plate these days. In the fall, he officially took over as director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Columbia's Teachers College, and in June he was elected vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English. He will also be teaching "The Politics of Teaching English Education" in the Arts and Humanities Department at Teachers College. And after relocating from Los Angeles, where he was on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, he recently became a father. "It has been a challenge," Morrell said about his wide range of activies, adding that he also intends to find time to pursue his other interests, including writing poetry and fiction.
IUME was founded in 1973 to focus on research on how race, gender, language and social and economic class
affect learners and to use that information to influence curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Click to download the full article...
Civil Rights Groups Say New Report Shows Officials Overly Police Students [feat. IUME Director Ernest Morrell]
NY City Lens, Columbia University School of Journalism
December 6, 2011
New records show that over a 50-day period, mostly in the summer school months, police arrested or ticketed four students a day. Overall, the department’s school safety division arrested 63 and gave 182 summonses to kids in junior and senior high.
“Young people are at school to learn, they’re at school to make mistakes and learn from them,” says Johanna Miller, assistant advocacy director at New York Civil Liberties Union. “And we don’t think that this overly punitive discipline is the best way for people to learn.”
...The New York Civil Liberties Union isn’t alone. Ernest Morrell is an urban education professor at Teachers College. He says schools must be more precise about what they call criminal acts.“With this idea of zero tolerance, this range of what’s being criminalized is being expanded,” says Morrell, who is also director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. “There are activities that fall within that realm that could be handled in other ways.” Click here for full article and to see video with Dr. Morrell...
Morrell Installed as Vice President of National Council of Teachers of English Teachers College, Columbia University Press Room
November 22, 2011 Morrell will assume the presidency of the literacy council in 2013.
Ernest Morrell, Professor of English Education and Director of TC’s Institute for Urban Minority Education (IUME) in Harlem, was sworn in on November 20 as Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the premiere organization of literacy educators in the United States.
Morrell, who came to TC in August as a prominent scholar in literacy, urban education and ethnic studies, was installed at NCTE’s annual meeting in Chicago to begin a four-year term of leadership. As previously announced, after serving for a year as Vice President, he will be named Incoming President, then President, and finally Immediate Past President of the organization, each for one-year terms. He was elected through a balloting of NCTE’s 35,000 members. Click here to read full article...
Benji Chang: Pedagogy That Liberates
Teachers College, Columbia University Press Room
October 10, 2011
You’ve come to TC as a post-doctoral fellow in the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. How will you spend your time?
I’m going to teach one course, in the spring. It will focus on Asian-American K-12 school communities, using critical and socio-cultural lenses. I also have some writing projects about these topics covered in my course, as well as my work concerning issues of sustainability and social movements in teaching, participatory action research and community organizing. For my research project, I’m going to work with multiethnic immigrant community spaces, seeing how community groups, teachers and schools can work together to deepen and sustain their efforts towards social justice in public education. Nowadays teachers are asked to do everything, and they can’t cover all that ground. And one of the things that schools of education are not that familiar with is community engagement and organizing, and how that fits in with bringing about educational equity. Click here to read full article...
Ernest Morrell will lead TC’s signature urban institute into a new eraTeachers College, Columbia University Press Room
January 31, 2011
Teachers College has appointed Ernest Morrell as the new director of its Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME). Morrell is on the faculty in the Urban Schooling Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He will assume a tenured full professorship at TC and the directorship of IUME offices in September, succeeding the Institute’s founding director, Edmund W. Gordon. Click here to read full article...