Is Balanced Literacy Good for Students?

NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina reignited a long-standing debate when she publicly encouraged the balanced literacy approach to reading for New York City’s schools. Critics of this approach have responded with alarm, and the New York Times has resumed coverage of the dispute. Join us for a breakfast discussion with Director David Steiner, national reading expert CatherineRead More

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Director’s Welcome

To our visitors, I want to welcome you to the City University of New York’s Institute for Education Policy. The Institute is the city’s first university-based policy analysis and research institute explicitly focused on the challenges we face in our PK-20 education system. The CUNY Institute, which is appropriately housed at Roosevelt House (the historic homeRead More

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