Institute for Literacy Studies


The Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College advances urban education reform by strengthening literacy and mathematics teaching and by supporting teachers as key educational decision-makers. We conduct professional development, program evaluation, and research projects in educational settings ranging from schools to colleges and community organizations.

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Last year's Youth Voices summer program for high school students and teachers was a resounding success. Please enjoy this video, created by Jim Nordlinger and his colleagues at the New York City Writing Project, to learn more about this connected-learning pilot.

Meghan McNamara, a teacher at the Adult Learning Center, has been piloting Project RISE this year, a new class focused on STEM learning through a study of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Thirty pre-GED level students are reading sections of the book, discussing key issues online, participating in health-care career forums presented by Lehman’s Masters in Public Health Program, and learning about cell biology and health and medicine. Curriculum development for this special class is ongoing, and includes a core group of ALC, Health Sciences, and ILS representatives. Meghan, ALC Director Jaye Jones, and ALC student Millicent Burton presented about Project RISE at the Commission on Adult Basic Education National Conference (Pittsburgh PA, March 2014). Visit the class website! This work is funded in part by a grant from the American Association of University Women.

Youth Voices has just published a book of student work from the 2013 Summer Program. Please find it here.

We are pleased to share the first of three videos focusing on Youth Voices, the New York City Writing Project's online platform for developing and publishing student work. This video highlights the pedagogy behind Letters to the Next Mayor, which involved NYCWP teachers and students at different grade levels in a project blending writing, research, and civic engagement.


Lehman Summer

The Institute for Literacy Studies is thrilled to announce the receipt of grants totaling $50,000 from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund of The New York Community Trust and the National Writing Project/Educator Innovator Network. These grants will fund the Youth Voices Inquiry Project (YVIP), a partnership of the New York City Writing Project and BronxNet TV. Please read the NYCWP's press release here and The New York Community Trust's press release here.

Please join the New York City Mathematics Project for its annual Math Olympiads. The Elementray School Tournament is June 4 and the Middle School Tournament is June 12. Both will be held at Lehman College in the East Dining Room of the Music building.

Read our 2013-2014 annual report here.[PDF]

Last modified: Sep 29, 2014

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