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 a year-long national search, Dr. Jaye Jones has been appointed as Director of the Institute for Literacy Studies (ILS). In her new capacity as the head of the Institute, she will provide leadership for and advance the work of three major programs—the Adult Learning Center, the New York City Mathematics Project (NYCMP), and the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP). She will officially take up duties on April 18, 2016.
The Institute and the Lehman College community welcome Jaye, whose background in literacy education and social work, practitioner’s knowledge of adult education, scholarship, perseverance, and vision for addressing the needs of learners of all ages—teachers and students alike—is exceptional. Dr. Harriet Fayne, Dean of Lehman College’s School of Education, notes, “Jaye brings a rare blend of experience and understanding of urban education in today’s world.”
Dr. Jones has served as Project Director of the ILS’s direct-service program, the Adult Learning Center, since 2012. In that capacity, she has also served on various ILS leadership teams, fostering fruitful collaborations with the NYC Mathematics and Writing Projects, the Institute’s two professional-development programs that provide services in schools throughout the metropolitan area. She presents regularly at local and national conferences, and has been invited to present in London at an international conference for educators this coming summer.
Jaye Jones received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Chicago, an M.S. degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa. While she was a candidate for her doctorate, she volunteered at Literacy Chicago, was eventually hired as a Senior Program Manager, and created an award-winning reading group that still exists today, helping adult learners explore classic literary texts. In 2006, she gained an international viewpoint on literacy and criminal justice when she volunteered as a basic literacy education teacher and developed a culturally-specific curriculum at the Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work as a scholar and an educator focuses on how the impact of rapid socio-cultural and economic changes affects students’ lives. Her commitment to transdisciplinary reflection and action are compelling and translate into a kind of leadership that bridges the worlds of academe, public education, and broader communities.
We are pleased to announce that the Institute's 2014-15 Annual Report is now available. It features our accomplishments in the past year, and highlights how we develop teacher-leaders, help students of all ages achieve and build professional communities. Please read it here.