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Creating College and Career-Ready Students

How a NYC public school prepares graduates for careers, and higher education. In today’s world, having a high school diploma...

Park East High School Math Teacher Wins Prestigious Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching

When Lauren Brady began working as a math teacher at Park East High School in Manhattan in 2004-05 school year,...

Four Key Factors for Leadership and Instructional Coaching

Coaching is a key resource that ISA offers its schools.  Each ISA school is matched with an external school development...

IHPCH Restorative Justice Program is One to Replicate

By Crystal Davis, school counselor at the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria HeightsAt the Institute for Health Professions at...

In Memoriam: ISA Cofounder Gerry Leeds (1922 – 2014)

The Institute for Student Achievement is sad to report the passing of Gerard “Gerry” Leeds, who cofounded ISA with his...

Collaboration focus of The ISA Mathematics Fall Gathering & Yammer Community Launch

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, eleven math coaches from The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) gathered at the Teachers College,...

“Evidence-Based Whole-School Reform” Added as SIG Reform Option

In 2009, the federal government awarded $3.5 billion in Student Improvement Grants (SIGs) to fund rapid improvement of underperforming schools....

School Redesign: 2 Solutions that Support District Goals for Student Achievement

Districts approach high school reform in several ways.  One approach is to develop a number of new schools of choice,...

Maximizing Math: Supporting Math Educators through the ISA Community of Practice

To help create a larger sense of community among ISA math teachers and to foster collaboration, ISA hosted its first...

Delta Prep Offers Students A Unique Learning Experience through an ISA Partnership

This September, Detroit Delta Preparatory School for Social Justice (Delta Prep), which is an independent charter school in Detroit, MI,...

College Credit Isn’t the Only Thing ISA Students Received from High School Summer Scholars Program at NJCU

This past summer 14 Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) students participated in the second year of the High School Summer...

Second Year of High School Summer Scholars Program Proves a Success

The first of the seven ISA principles is to provide students with a college preparatory instructional program. ISA schools do...

Teaching Students to Become Mathematical Thinkers

One intent of the Common Core is to engage students in deeper learning. Doing so requires teachers to rethink their...

Distributed Counseling: “It Takes a Village” Approach

Adolescents learn best in close-knit, nurturing environments where no student can fall through the cracks and where they develop “relational...

Paving the Way to College: New Jersey City University High School Summer Scholars Program

New Jersey City University is helping to prepare ISA students for success in college and career through its High School...