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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...

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,...