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.

Featured Work


Meghan McNamara, a teacher at the Adult Learning Center, was a featured contributor to the Fall 2014 Webinar Series on science teaching and learning hosted by the National College Transition Network. Meghan shared her work on BPAs, done in the context of Project RISE. You can view the webinar here.
Meghan's section begins at 33:20.
Presentation slides for the entire webinar are here.

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.

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: Oct 22, 2014

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