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Family-School Partnerships: 9 Beliefs and Attitudes for Success

Just as beliefs, attitudes, and context significantly impact students’ educational experience, they also have a tremendous impact on the relationship...

Assessing Non-cognitive Skills

With the development of its High School SuccessNavigator™ (HSSN) product, ISA has created a powerful tool to assess non-cognitive factors...

Non-cognitive Factors:
School Context, Not Student Character

Recent studies on non-cognitive factors conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CSSR) and the Stanford...

ISA College Grads: A Living Legacy

Brandon Baiden and Monica Moore are both 2008 alumni of ISA partner high schools, Queens High School of Teaching and...

Academy for Young Writers:
Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize

The nine-year-old Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn, NY exemplifies the nature of ISA’s successful school partnerships.  A shared core...

Redesigning Schools for the Right Results

Since 1987 and the landmark report on education, A Nation at Risk, educators, politicians, philanthropists, and community leaders have been...

Communication Skills of Leaders

“The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out;...

Queens High School for Teaching: Where Learning Has No Limits

At Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, every child has the chance to grow and develop...

Brooklyn Preparatory High School: Gaining Life Experience Early

Now it its 11th year of operation, Brooklyn Preparatory High School is one of ISA’s most mature schools. The school...

ISA Coaching: A Math Teacher’s Perspective

Mary Ellen Tyrrell teaches Geometry at the Institute for Health Professions in Queens, NY.  She is a fourth-year math teacher....

Coaching: Key to Sustained High Performance

We are finally coming to understand as educators, and as a nation, that effective, high-quality coaching is as essential to...

Helping Persistently Failing Schools

This article originally appeared in SEEN Magazine and online here. Throughout my years as an educator — English teacher, counselor,...

ELLIS Preparatory Academy Student Wins Prestigious New York Times Scholarship

An ISA partner school, ELLIS Preparatory Academy, is an international school in the Bronx specifically designed to serve students ages...

Creating Digital Learners: NYC Lifts Cell Phone Ban

Effective March 2, 2015, the more than decade-long ban on cell phones in NYC public schools was lifted. Mayor Bill...

ISA Mathematics and Writing Formative Assessments: Using Student Data to Inform Continuous Organizational Improvement

ISA has designed mathematics and writing formative assessments that are grade level appropriate for 9th and 10th graders and aligned...