The Institute for Literacy Studies

The Institute for Literacy Studies, founded in 1984, is a research unit of The City University of New York. The Institute's mission - reforming and improving urban education - has deep significance in its home borough of the Bronx as well as throughout New York City and the nation. The Institute defines urban education in its broadest, most inclusive meaning to comprise the complex web of systems, settings, and relationships that foster learning. It works to advance research, articulate theory, and implement effective practice in literacy and mathematics education through initiatives in a variety of educational settings K-16, including schools, community-based organizations, adult literacy programs, and CUNY campuses. Through its Adult Learning Center, the Institute offers basic education, English language instruction, and preparation for the high-school equivalency exam and college transition to members of the community who are not enrolled in school or college. See