Bridges to Academic Success is a curriculum development, teacher training project targeted at school improvement for multilingual learners. The project is an extensive collaboration among CUNY researchers and content developers, language and literacy teachers, and school administrators in secondary schools throughout New York State. All of our materials are designed to meet the language, literacy, academic, social-emotional needs of newcomer students.
To advocate for newly arrived immigrants with developing literacy by providing curriculum, resources, and training to educators.
For all immigrant youth with developing literacy to thrive in school and to participate meaningfully in society.
Our team is comprised of specialists in the fields of linguistics, urban education, literacy education, arts education, administrative leadership, educational psychology, and public health, the majority of whom have also had teaching careers in New York classrooms. In addition to our core staff, we also partner with lead teachers across NY state, who have a significant role in providing feedback on the design and implementation of our curricula. The Bridges Leadership Advisory of school and district administrators provides professional insight on current issues that informs our work. As a project of the Graduate Center, CUNY, we are also affiliated with the Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE) and the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS).