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Attend the 3rd Annual Edmund Gordon Lecture

Don't miss this annual tradition in the honor of IUME Founder Dr. Edmund Gordon, which is now in its 3rd year. In this lecture, esteemed scholar Professor Sonia Nieto reflects on her life as a teacher, curriculum developer, mentor, ethnic studies instructor, researcher, and professor of teacher educator to draw a number of significant lessons about public education and its future for the most vulnerable students as well as for the nation. Dr. Nieto's talk is entitled, "50 Years in Public Education: Reflections on a Fulfilled Life" and will be in Milbank Chapel at Teachers College, Columbia University.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here. 

RSVP for the 3rd Annual Edmund Gordon Lecture with Dr. Sonia Nieto

IUME is excited to once again announce that esteemed scholar Dr. Sonia Nieto will speak as part of the 3rd Annual Edmund Gordon Lecture, part of the Educating Harlem series. Dr. Sonia Nieto, the 2014 Recipient of Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, will reflect on her five decades worth of knowledge on public education in her talk, " 50 Years in Public Education: Reflections on a Fulfilled Life." It will be a powerful evening, and we hope to see you there.

To RSVP and for more details, please click here.

IUME Director Ernest Morrell's NCTE Presidential Address Published

IUME Director Ernest Morrell's 2014 NCTE Presidential Address has just been published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Morrell served as NCTE President from 2013-2014, and at this year's annual conference in Boston, he gave the annual President Address as a capstone to the conference. Congratulations once again for completing his Presidential year at NCTE and leading--and inspiring--tens of thousands of English teachers nationwide!

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to read the recently published speech on the NCTE website and click here to watch a recorded video of his speech on the IUME YouTube channel.

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!

Welcome to our newest IUME Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellows!

We are excited to welcome our newest group of accomplished and innovative IUME Fellows who will be working with us this year. Our IUME Faculty Fellows include Dr. Brian Lozenski, from Metropolitan State University, and Deron Wallace, from the University of Cambridge. In addition, Teachers College's Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Monique Lane, from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), will also be be a part of IUME research this year.

Learn more about them on our Faculty Fellow page and Postdoctoral Fellow page.

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.

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.


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IUME Newsletters

Starting in 2013, IUME is excited to re-implement our newsletters as a regular part of our communications inside and outside the Teachers College community. To join our mailing list, please visit the home page. All newsletters will archived on this page.

2013-2014 Academic Year

Vol. 1, Issue 1 (October 2013)

Vol. 1, Issue 2 (November 2013)

Vol. 1, Issue 3 (February 2014)

Vol. 1, Issue 4 (March 2014)

Vol. 1, Issue 5 (April-May 2014)

IUME History Corner: A Look Into the Archives

1976 Memorandum on Testing by Dr. Edmund Gordon (February 2014)
Response for Dr. Edmund Gordon, Feb. 20, 2014:
It is very sad to note that the situation involving the use of standardized tests has not substantially changed, except for the worse. I object to the use of data from standardized tests to implement a punishment and reward approach to accountability for academic achievement. Today I am more reluctant to call for a moratorium on the use of standardized tests with cultural and ethnic minority children than I was forty years ago, but only because testing has become so much a part of our education culture and can be a more positive force. The fact is that we people of color and other marginalized folk should "just say no" to participation in standardized testing for accountability purposes because measurement science now has the capacity to use assessment to better inform responsible teaching and learning. However, testing will likely not make that contribution until the testing industry is forced to do so by our refusal to permit the industry and education systems to test our children in standardized ways that do not serve the optimal pedagogical purposes of the people who must do the learning and teaching. (See for alternatives.)

1992 Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Students (April-May 2014)
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