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AYW Honored by GLSEN with “GSA of the Year”

GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, honored an ISA school,...

Assessing Non-Cognitive Skills of High School Students: High School SuccessNavigator

The following is an excerpt from Rikoon, S. H., Liebtag, T., Olivera-Aguilar, M., Steinberg, J., & Robbins, S. B. (2015)....

An Inquiry-based Math Lesson

After several months of working together, ISA math coach Julie Arcement is ready to observe a teacher she has coached...

Coaching for Rigorous Mathematics Instruction

ISA math coach Julie Arcement often begins the initial coaching session by sharing background information about herself and asking questions...

The Inquiry-based Approach to Teaching Math: Teaching Students to be Mathematical Thinkers

Mary Ellen Tyrell and Sapphira Hendrix do not teach at the same schools.  They do not know each other. They...

Developing Mathematical Thinkers: Moving Students from Rote to Rigor

This is the second in a three-part series on the ISA Whole School Reform Approach. This month the focus is...

Bright Futures: Improving Education & Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color

REMARKS FROM DR. GERRY HOUSE SESSION #3: HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS AND SUCCESS FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016 Too often, we think...

New York State Legislature to Allocate $20 Million to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color

With the adoption of their FY2016-2017 budget, New York is the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide...

Liberating the Camel

by Dr. Robert Slavin, the Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. This...

5 Essential Conditions for a Successful High-Poverty Urban High School

Before ISA and a district or school enter into partnership, there are some essential conversations that must take place and...

The High-Poverty Urban High School: What It Is and What It Can Become

Over the next several months we offer readers a closer look into how ISA’s evidence-based whole school reform approach is...

A Rocky Road to Regulation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (#ESSA)

by Phillip Lovell The bipartisan gloves are off. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce...

New ESSA Legislation Places Evidence-based Reform Front and Center

With the December 10, 2015 passage of the nation’s new education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act  (ESSA), evidence-based reform...

Harvest Collegiate Helps Students Master Essential Soft Skills for College Readiness through Model UN

Preparing high school students academically for college completion is certainly necessary and essential, but it is not sufficient. High schools...

Video: Using Inquiry to Develop Curriculum

Teachers use essential questions and an inquiry approach with peers to develop a data and statistics course.