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.
After 21 years, the Institute’s executive director, Marcie Wolfe, has retired. Marcie’s two-decade stewardship of the Institute’s diverse programs has been guided by her core commitments to social justice, inquiry-based teaching, and the development of inclusive communities. By virtue of Marcie’s grace, insight and strength, the Institute has grown from its grassroots origins to its current place as a leader in teacher-development, adult literacy, and digital innovation. To say that we are grateful to have had her as a leader is an understatement. Even in her absence, Marcie continues to inspire the Institute’s work, as well as that of our community at Lehman College. She will continue to stay involved at Lehman as a coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program and as adjunct faculty in the Department of Middle and High School Education.
While a search for a new executive director is underway, Anne Campos, is serving as the Institute’s interim director. Anne, the Institute's associate director for 17 years, develops new programs and funding streams, conducts research and evaluation, and provides fiscal oversight for the Institute's many grant-funded initiatives.
We are proud to announce that a student at the Adult Learning Center, Gaysha Wright, is a 2015 Peter Jennings Scholarship recipient. The Peter Jennings Scholarship provides financial assistance to adults who have earned their High School Equivalency diplomas through a CUNY Adult Literacy program and who will continue their education at a CUNY college. Gaysha was honored alongside her fellow recipients at the June 17 ceremony.