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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

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.

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.)


Subscribe to our IUME YouTube Channel!

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.



Publications > ERIC Archives

ERIC Archives

IUME has a rich history of producing research related to students and communities of color. Although today's "issues"--or society's failure to utilize the immense talents of these children--surrounding schools and young people of color are unique, many of the facets have been generations in the making. Under previous IUME directors including Dr. Gordon, one of IUME's key ventures was to create the ERIC digest where IUME could disseminate information to mass audiences. Listed below are a small sampling of past IUME research that still remain relevant today.

Recent Entries on Inquiry and Practice

1: Research and Practice on How People Learn

2: Affirmative Development of Academic Abilities

3: The Idea of Supplementary Education

4: Towards a Relational Data Management System for Education


5: Raising Minority Academic Achievement: The Department of Defense Model


6: Nurturing Talent in Underrepresented Students

7: Mentoring and its Role in Developing Intellective Competencies


Previous ERIC/IUME Digests

1 IUME IRCD Bulletin (Dr. Joseph C. Grannis)

2 Complying with Title IX Regulations

3 Burnout in Schools and Other Human Service Institutions

4 Instructionally Effective Schools

5 How to Make School Desegregation Work – Some Advice from the Research

6 Reforming the Large Urban High School

7 Alternative Schools – Some Answers and Questions

8 Writing Instruction for Dialectally Different Youths

9 Counseling in a Multicultural Educational Setting

10 Desegregation as an Equal Opportunity Strategy for Hispanics

11 Issues in ESEA Title VII Bilingual Education

12 High-Risk Secondary Students and Experiential, Competency-Based Education

13 Developing Non-Biased Criteria for Mainstreaming Minority Students

14 Secondary School Ethos and the Academic Success of Urban Minority Students

15 Hispanics and Employment

16 School Learning and Corporation-School Alliances

17 Helping Minority Students with Nontraditional Skills Enter and Complete College

18 Improving the Mathematical Skills of Low Achievers

19 Microcomputers: Equity and Quality in Education for Urban Disadvantaged Students

20 Helping Hispanic Students to Complete High School and Enter College

21 The Social and Psychological Adjustment of Southeast Asian Refugees

22 The 1983 Educational Reform Reports

23 A Closer Look at Children in Single-Parent Families

24 Urban Magnet Schools and Educational Excellence

25 Increasing Science Achievement for Disadvantaged Students

26 Raising Hispanic Achievement

28 Improving Schooling to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy

29 Creating Racial Integration in a Desegregated Magnet School

30 Cooperative Learning in the Urban Classroom

31 Increasing Minority Participation in the Teaching Profession

32 Teaching Writing to Linguistically Diverse Students

33 Teaching Beginning Reading to Dialect Speakers

34 The Ninth Grade – A Precarious Time for the Potential Dropout

35 Keeping Track of At Risk Students

36 Teaching Science and Mathematics to At Risk Students

37 Peer Helping Relationships in Urban Schools

38 Teacher, Principal, and Parent Involvement In The Effective School

39 Improving Chapter 1 Delivery

40 High School Graduates in Entry Level Jobs: What Do Employers Want?

41 Improving the School-Home Connection For Low-Income Urban Parents

42 Summer School, Extended School Year, and Year-Round Schooling for Disadvantaged Students

43 Urban Teacher Recruiting Programs

44 Recent Literature on Urban and Minority Education

45 Urban School/Community Collaborations: Making Them Work Well

46 Grade Retention: Making the Decision

47 The Mentoring of Disadvantaged Youth

48 Promotion Policies in the Urban High School

49 More Recent Literature on Urban and Minority Education

50 Second-Chance Opportunities for Hispanic Dropouts

51 Southeast Asian Adolescents: Identity and Adjustment

52 Educating Homeless Children

53 School-College Alliances: Benefits for Low-Income Minorities

54 Computers and Opportunities for Literacy Development

55 Urban School Finance: The Quest for Equal Educational Opportunity

56 Middle School Education – The Critical Link in Dropout Prevention

57 Restructuring American Schools: The Promise and the Pitfalls

58 Teenage Pregnancy and Drug Abuse: Sources of Problem Behaviors

59 Hispanic Education in America: Separate and Unequal

60 Making Schools More Responsive to At-Risk Students

61 Enriching the Compensatory Education Curriculum for Disadvantaged Students

62 Linking Schools with Human Service Agencies

63 Public School Choice: Issues and Concerns for Urban Educators

64 Curriculum and Instruction to Reduce Racial Conflict

65 Assessing Bilingual Students for Placement and Instruction

66 Can Performance-Based Assessments Improve Urban Schooling?

67 Multicultural Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools

68 Meeting the Educational Needs of Southeast Asian Children

69 Meeting the Goals of School Completion

70 Teaching Limited English Proficient Students to Understand and Use Mathematics

71 Accountability Mechanisms in Big City School Systems

72 School Programs for African American Males


73 Highly Mobile Students: Educational Problems and Possible Solutions

74 Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools

75 Urban School Restructuring and Teacher Burnout

76 Improving Urban Education With Magnet Schools

77 Retaining Good Teachers in Urban Schools

78 Equal Mathematics Education for Female Students

79 Managing Youth Programs: A Critical Gap in the Research

80 Increasing the School Involvement of Hispanic Parents

81 Urban Youth in Community Service: Becoming Part of the Solution

82 Successful Detracking in Middle and Senior High Schools

83 Integrating Academic and Vocational Education: An Equitable Way to Prepare Middle Level Students for the Future

84 Career Academies: Educating Urban Students for Career Success

85 Helping Young Urban Parents Educate Themselves and Their Children

86 Meeting Youth Needs with Community Programs

87 Teaching Science Effectively to Limited English Proficient Students

88 Efficiency, Equity, and Local Control – School Finance in Texas

89 The Assessment and Placement of Language Minority Students

90 Building a Successful Parent Center in an Urban School

91 The Changing Face of Racial Isolation and Desegregation in Urban Schools

92 Chapter 1 Schoolwide Projects: Advantages and Limitations

93 Teacher Collaboration in Urban Secondary Schools

94 Beyond Culture: Communicating with Asian American Children and Families

95 Technology As a Tool for Urban Classrooms

96 Urban Teachers and Collaborative School-Linked Services

97 Anti-Bias and Conflict Resolution Curricula: Theory and Practice

98 Varieties of Multicultural Education: An Introduction

99 Gangs in the Schools

100 Gaining Control of Violence in the Schools: A View from the Field

101 Improving the School Experience for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Students

102 Selecting the Focus of a Focus School

103 Year-Round Education: A Strategy for Overcrowded Schools

104 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Teaching

108 The Impact of Vocational Education on Racial and Ethnic Minorities

109 School Dropouts: New Information about an Old Problem

110 Opportunity to Learn Standards: Their Impact on Urban Students

111 Alternatives to Ability Grouping: Still Unanswered Questions

112 Downsizing in Big Cities

113 Hispanic Preschool Education: An Important Opportunity

114 After-School Programs for Urban Youth

115 An Overview of Strategies to Reduce School Violence

116 Immigrants and their Educational Attainment: Some Facts and Findings

117 The Education of Immigrant Children in New York City

118 Determining the Effectiveness of Youth Programs

119 How Well Are Charter Schools Serving Urban and Minority Students?

120 Smoking and Prevention Strategies for Urban and Minority Youth

121 School Safety and the Legal Rights of Students

122 Strategies for Identifying the Talents of Diverse Students

123 The Education of Latino Students: Is School Reform Enough?

124 Staff Development in Multilingual Multicultural Schools

125 Career Development for African American and Latina Females

126 Turning It Around for All Youth: From Risk to Resilience

127 Recent Experience with Urban School Choice Plans

128 Learning and Earning: The Value of Working for Urban Students

129 Urban Policies and Programs to Reduce Truancy

130 Urban School-Community Parent Programs to Prevent Drug Use

131 The Athletic Experiences of Ethnically Diverse Girls

132 Improving School Violence Prevention Programs through Meaningful Evaluation

133 Recent Changes in School Desegregation

134 The Challenges of Parent Involvement Research

135 Parent Engagement as a School Reform Strategy

136 Enhancing the Communication Skills of Newly-Arrived Asian American Students

137 The Identity Development of Multiracial Youth

138 The Schooling of Multiracial Students

139 Success for All: A Summary of Evaluations

140 Urban After-School Programs: Evaluations and Recommendations

141 Young Fathers: New Support Strategies

142 Arab American Students in Public Schools

143 Girls and Violence

144 Family Literacy Strategies to Support Children's Learning

145 Building on Existing Strengths to Increase Family Literacy

146 Family Math for Urban Students and Parents

147 School Support for Foster Families

148 Family Diversity in Urban Schools

149 Preventing Violence by Elementary School Children

150 Implementing Distance Learning in Urban Schools

151 Supporting Students with Asthma

152 The Biculturation of the Vietnamese Student

153 School Practices to Promote the Achievement of Hispanic Students

154 The Role of Teachers in Urban School Reform

155 New Trends in Language Education for Hispanic Students

156 The Impact of Professional Development Schools on the Education of Urban Students

157 Internet Access and Content for Urban Schools and Communities

158 The Technical, Cultural, and Political Factors in College Preparation Programs for Urban and Minority Youth

159 Characteristics of Effective Urban College Preparation Programs

160 Preventing Student Sexual Harassment

161 Retention and Social Promotion: Research and Implications for Policy

162 Latinos in School: Some Facts and Findings

163 Practitioner Assessment of Conflict Resolution Programs

164 Gender Differences in Educational Achievement Within Racial and Ethnic Groups

165 School Choice As Education Reform: What Do We Know?

166 School Practices for Equitable Discipline of African American Students

167 Strategies for Improving the Educational Outcomes of Latinas


167 Strategies for Improving the Educational Outcomes of Latinas (Spanish)

168 Preparing Urban Teachers to Use Technology for Instruction

169 Closing the Achievement Gap: Principles for Improving the Educational Success of All Students

170 Making a Community Interesting to Itself: Providing a Social Education through Urban History and Neighborhood Studies

171 How Minority Students Finance Their Higher Education

172 Stereotypes of Asian American Students

173 Bridging Identities Among Ethnic Minority Youth in Schools

174 City and State Takeover as a School Reform Strategy

175 Constitutional Law and Race-Conscious Policies in K-12 Education

176 Helping Underachieving Boys Read Well and Often

177 Data-Driven Equity in Urban Schools

178 Literacy Education After High School

179 The Prospects for Education Vouchers After the Supreme Court Ruling

180 Welfare Reform and Urban Children

181 The Asian and Pacific Islander Population in the US

182 Class Size Reduction and Urban Students

183 After-School and Community Technology Education Programs for Low-Income Families

184 Indicators of Teacher Quality

185 No Child Left Behind: Testing, Reporting, and Accountability

186 New Approaches to Truancy Prevention in Urban Schools

187 Hispanics in College: Participation and Degree Attainment

188 Labor Market Outcomes of Hispanics by Generation

189 Raising Minority Academic Achievement: the Department of Defense Model

190 Title I as a Reform Strategy in Urban Schools

191 Providing Highly Mobile Students with an Effective Education

192 High School Dropout Rates for Latino Youth

193 Closing the Achievement Gap: Two Views from Current Research

194 Violence in US Public Schools: A Summary of Findings


Policy Briefs

1 Evaluating Mentoring Programs

2 Managing Mentoring Programs

3 The Mentoring Relationship in Action

4 Toward a Vision for the education of Latino Students: Community Voices, Student Voices. Interim Report of the Latino Commission on Educational Reform.

5 The Socioeconomic Status of Dominican New Yorkers

6 Enrollment Growth and Overcrowding in New York City Schools

7 Finding Community and Forming Identity: Exploring the Role of Youth Programs Serving Blacks and Latinos

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