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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 to our first IUME Colloquia of the year!

Come to our first IUME Colloquium of the 2015-2016 academic year, featuring one of IUME's most accomplished graduate students, Research Fellow Cati de los Ríos. Cati's talk, entitled "Literacies of Power: Exploring Transnational Youths' Multilingual and Multiliterate Reportoires in a High School Latin@ Studies Course" will take place Thursday, October 15, at 3pm in Zankel 2014. Cati's work is powerful and timely, and we encourage you to come to attend this great event!
To RSVP for Cati's talk 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.


Research > National Ethnic Studies Project

National Ethnic Studies Project

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.

About the IUME National Ethnic Studies Project

Led by IUME Research Fellow, Doctoral student Catí de los Ríos, IUME is leading a national research study surveying and examining the historicity of high school ethnic studies courses offered throughout the country. Catí has developed literature reviews, conducted document analyses, ethnographic content analyses, and co-authored publications on ethnic studies curricula across the country. Currently, Catí is working on a California Survey of Ethnic Studies teachers, their curriculum theorizing, and teaching philosophies.

Catí's work and the National Ethnic Studies Project, in part, has been inspired by the "Save Ethnic Studies" movement originating in Arizona in result of HB 2281 in Tucson, where the Tucson Unified School District teachers and community have fought against the banning of books and curriculum related to the highly successful Raza Studies program.

For more information about IUME's National Ethnic Studies Project, contact Ms. Catí de los Ríos at

Tucson Teachers Speak Out Event -- March 2nd, 2012 at Teachers College, Columbia University

In March of 2012, Catí organized the "Tucson Teachers Speak Out" event on campus, where Milbank hall was packed to complete capacity, as community members from all over New York City were sitting on stairs and standing in the back to hear Sean Arce and Maria Federico Brummer speak (two Raza Studies teachers from the TUSD) following the showing of the powerful documentary "Precious Knowledge." This event brought massive awareness to the "Save Ethnic Studies" awareness, in addition to raising thousands of dollars in support of ethnic studies, rocking the New York City area like never before at Teachers College.


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