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What is the Institute for Learning?

The Institute for Learning (IFL) works to ensure that every student – especially those traditionally underserved due to income, race, and language – has access to high-level texts, tasks, and high-quality learning opportunities to build the critical thinking and deep reasoning skills that are required for success. We believe that the way to achieve equitable and sustainable change is to focus on coherent, evidence-based learning for all educators across an educational system.
Angela Allie


After a six-month national search, Angela Allie has been named executive director of the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Part of Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center, the IFL partners with school districts across the U.S. and internationally to develop programs and knowledge about school improvement, particularly for traditionally underserved students.

Allie brings more than 20 years’ experience in systemic school change, culturally relevant teaching, and professional learning for racial equity in K-12 settings to the position. At the IFL, she will oversee strategic priorities and leadership development.

Most recently, Allie was the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Equity Office (PPS, 2016-2022) where she worked to ensure educational equity across all PPS schools as part of the district’s Equity Plan…

Bridges to Learning

Research. Practice. Results.

Bridges to Learning, IFL’s weekly blog, connects educators with knowledge and research that shows every student can learn when provided cognitively challenging instructional opportunities and learning environments can flourish when collaboration is valued, voice is honored, and agency is realized.

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The Science of Reading: Looking Beyond Phonics Instruction

November 22, 2022

The Science of Reading seems to be everywhere, from literacy research journals to mainstream media outlets. A recent Google search of the science of reading yielded over 4 billion results. Much of what we see and hear focuses on how to support children in their ability to decode words and the importance of systematic phonics instruction. But is that all there is to it? Check out this article to learn more the science of reading, an approach that prioritizes basic science with a scope that encompasses more than just phonics.

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Dallas ISD Student + Teacher Design Collaborative on Race and Racism

This publication highlights the voices of Dallas Independent School District (ISD) middle and high school students and teachers who participated in the Dallas ISD Student + Teacher Design Collaborative on Race and Racism. Over a three-month period, teachers and students met to listen deeply to each others’ experiences with race and racism and develop classroom lessons about racial identity. The Collaborative was created as part of the Network for School Improvement, a partnership between Dallas ISD and the Institute for Learning.