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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 > National Youth Council

National Youth Council

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.

National Council of Youth Research (NCYR)

The goal of this 3-year project is to assemble a National Council of Youth Research (NCYR).  We aim to involve teachers and high school students and university researchers across four urban sites who will gather data on the conditions of their schools and communities that can be used to effect change in educational policy and practice. The idea builds upon 12 years of YPAR work (1999-2011) conducted in Los Angeles by the Council of Youth Research (CYR) where high school teens have been apprenticed as researchers and have presented their work to mayors, state representatives, and national officials. Additionally, the youth have presented at national conferences such as the American Educational Researcher Association (AERA), they have created digital videos, and they have communicated to large audiences via a blog. Youth from the CYR have been profiled by CNN, National Public Radio, and other local and national print, radio, and television outlets. Not only have the youth become legitimate researchers, they have also developed skills to participate civically in their communities.  In addition, the work has proven successful for developing college readiness skills. Finally, the project also hopes to provide opportunities for teacher learning and professional development.

The next phase of this work entails a partnership between UCLA’s Institute for Democracy Education and Access, where CYR originated, and the Institute for Urban Minority Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Both programs, doing work to understand and challenge social and educational inequities in urban communities of color, will take lead as the main sites for this National Council.  Over the next three years we will be building upon our previous work, which focused on literacy learning, civic engagement, and teacher development.  We would like to push upon three areas: 1) Impacting national policy and practice 2) using media to disseminate educational research and 3) transferring CYR ‘s work into traditional content area classrooms.

To view the current work of students who are currently part of the beginning phase of NCYR, visit their blog here.
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