Educational Reform Efforts
- Lehman College Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Public Voices: WAC in an Urban Context
- New York City Writing Project, Ethnographic Study of Impact in a Bronx High School
ILS director Marcie Wolfe and Professor Jessica Yood of Lehman's English Department are currently involved in a project to analyze Lehman's writing across the curriculum program from the perspectives of faculty in a variety of disciplines as they confront the literacy challenges of students in this diverse, urban college. Faculty from a range of disciplines have written eight chapters for a manuscript with support from Wolfe and Yood. Wolfe and Yood are now in the process of reviewing the literature in urban higher education with special attention to literacy, writing, and interdisciplinarity; analyzing the content of the faculty chapters; and interviewing contributors as they prepare their final revisions. These activities will inform the development of the manuscript's framing essays that will situate Lehman's WAC program within the fields of composition and urban education reform.
Ethnographer Nancy Wilson studied the impact of the New York City Writing Project over a three-year period within a Bronx high school in the process of change. Wilson interviewed teachers and administrators, visited classes, attended sessions of the Writing Project seminar at the school, and reviewed a range of materials including teacher lessons, student work, administrative memos, and internal Writing Project documents. This work was published as an ILS monograph, A Professional Community at Work: The New York City Writing Project at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
Last modified: Nov 7, 2012