Teaching Students to Read: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Over the years, this country has debated the best way to teach literacy to young children. Best known among the competing approaches are phonics, whole language, and balanced literacy. Indicating how intensely controversial these matters still are, a brief reference to balanced literacy by NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña – cited as a defense of thatRead 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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How Social Capital Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

BY VIVIAN LOUIE | Despite the gains of recent decades, educational inequality in the United States is high and has even widened across some indicators. How can we help young people actualize their promise? While there are many factors that influence academic success, here I want to focus on social capital, roughly defined as theRead More

Director's Perspective

The Coming Common Core Assessments: How They Could Stop Patronizing our Students

BY DAVID STEINER |  We are at a critical juncture for education reform in America: forty-six states have adopted a brand-new set of English Language Arts Common Core State Standards for college- and career-readiness, and most are on the verge of implementation. I supported the adoption of the Standards as Commissioner of Education in NewRead More

Reports from the Field

The Flipped Classroom

BY CATHERINE JOHNSON | Flipped classrooms came to my New York district by stealth. Months after teachers had begun “turning learning on its head,” as the newsletter would eventually put it, school-board members had not heard the term “flipped classroom” and did not know what a flipped classroom was. By the time they found out, highRead More