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RSVP for a Special Guest Lecture with Dr. Shirley Steinberg

IUME is excited to announce that Dr. Shirley Steinberg, Research Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary and Consulting Professor and Director of the Institute of Youth and Community Research at the University of the West of Scotland, will be speaking at Teachers College! Dr. Steinberg has published countless books on youth culture, and her upcoming talk is entitled "Islamic Youth as Political Pawns: Critically Deconstructing Fear and Media.

To RSVP for Dr. Steinberg's lecture, 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.


Research > Literacy Teachers Initiative

Literacy Teachers Initiative

At the heart of IUME is its commitment to activism through research, using research as a tool for social justice. Therefore, the Institute is proud to announce an array of research projects that IUME students and staff are either leading or heavily involved in producing, each that promote teaching and learning and/or educational issues through an anti-deficit framework. Additionally, we encourage the community to be a part of our research, further collaborating with those who our research intends to benefit.

Literacy Teachers Initiative in Collaboration
with the NYC Department of Education

The Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI) Project is an innovative program with K-8 teachers in Harlem and Brooklyn that increases knowledge about effective culturally relevant literacy pedagogies and fosters engaging classroom practices and national collaboration among literacy educators. The LTI Project provides teachers an opportunity to work with colleagues, faculty and students at Teachers College, Columbia University to deepen pedagogic content knowledge. The program works to foster powerful culturally relevant literacy practices that meet the demands of standards, as well as the needs of diverse students and communities at the dawn of the 21st century. Teachers selected for LTI are “Fellows” of IUME and receive in school instructional support from faculty and graduate students at Columbia University. These teachers also have sustained engagements with Teachers College faculty, where they can learn from existing research as they develop powerful teaching strategies and innovative literacy classroom practices that increases academic achievement. In addition, they have the opportunity to share their expertise via local and national conferences and publications to other educators relating their work and experiences. This fits with our model that the answers to the most pressing educational questions are “in the classroom” and that teacher-leaders provide the best route to uncovering the most promising literacy practices today. We also believe that this learning is best facilitated through collaborations that link research and theory to practice and that provide opportunities for educators to share what they know with others via informal dialogues and formal publications and presentations. Further we believe that the best relationships are long-term, co-constructed, and participatory.

Click here to read articles written by the LTI Fellows on the LTI Blog.

To learn more and read the biographies of the Teacher Fellows, please click here.

Contact Information:
Jodene Morrell, Ph.D., Project Director
Office Phone #: (212) 678-3933

Check out a video of IUME Director Ernest Morrell, LTI Director Jodene Morrell, and Teacher Fellows Rachael Cooper and Danielle Del Gatto present at the Beyond Bullying Summit on January 14th, 2013!

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