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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...

Career Days: Learning for the 21st Century

by Lance Ozier, Ed.D; Senior Literacy Specialist More than 100 ninth graders at the Benjamin Franklin School for Finance and...

How the ISA Model Promotes “College for All”

David Conley, an expert on what students need to be prepared for college asserts that schools must create a college...

How ISA Gets Results

ISA’s research-based high school model directly addresses preparation for college in the first of its seven design principles, which is...

Dr. Ozier Speaks at 2014 Beijing Academy Seminar

In December, Lance W. Ozier, senior literacy specialist for the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), spoke at the 2014 Beijing...