Past Events

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Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD): Maze Moment!

Webinar – December 17 @ 4:00 pm EDT – watch the archived video here

The learning process is beautifully non-linear. Yet many students enter our schools believing it should follow a straight, uninterrupted path. How can we create rituals that help adults and students understand and process the conflict between this belief about learning and the reality of learning? It’s important that the ups and downs, the forward leaps and the backward steps, as well as the apparent dead ends, are normalized as important parts of the learning process. In a New York City school, one teacher, with the support of his mathematics coach, has worked to reorient the narrative with his students. Through this collaborative effort, the Maze Moment activity was born – an activity that has positively affected student perseverance and growth mindset in several schools with which ISA works.

Join the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of Educational Testing Service (ETS), for this second in a series of webinars, as we dive more deeply into our work in the area of social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD). In this webinar, you will hear from a mathematics teacher and ISA mathematics coach on a specific activity – Maze Moment – and its impact on students’ academic demeanor. You will also learn the process for developing this kind of activity and the importance of ensuring that academic classrooms address students’ social and emotional needs and how that approach makes for better teaching and learning.

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October 23, 2019 SEAD webinar – see the archived video here!

Students, like the rest of us, are very much affected by what’s happening in their lives and how they feel about themselves as learners in an academic setting; their receptivity and performance depend upon how their schools and classrooms make them feel. That’s why the research makes the practice very clear: Students need opportunities in their academic classrooms to develop the skills, habits, and dispositions necessary for developing a sense of belonging in their academic community that will ultimately lead to academic success.

Join the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of Educational Testing Service (ETS), for this first in a series of webinars, as we discuss our three-year social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) project across six secondary schools. During the webinar, we will provide an overview of the SEAD research from the UChicago Consortium on School Research and access to an ISA website with SEAD resources and tools.

Additionally, you will hear how one school used ISA’s support and its own professional learning to guide teachers in developing skills and strategies to teach students how to use and learn from mistakes, be reflective about and invested in their own growth, and use their strengths to tackle any problem put in front of them.

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National ESEA Conference

ISA presented at the National ESEA Conference (formerly Title 1 Directors) in Kansas City, MO on January 30 – February 2, 2019. Carolyne Quintana (Bronxdale HS/NYC DOE) and Wachera Ragland-Brown (Innovation HS, Jersey City Public Schools) shared, “Leading for Equity and Excellence–It’s a Team Sport, Not an Individual Event!PDF PPT


Philadelphia Summer Institute

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
August 15-16,2018


Carver High School Summer Institute

Carver High School, Winston-Salem, NC
August 13-14, 2018


Glenville (Cleveland) Summer Institute

Beachwood Doubletree
August 6-7, 2018


New York City Summer Institute

Glen Cove Mansion
June 27-28, 2018


Noli Indian School Summer Institute

Temecula Creek Inn
June 7-8, 2018


Philadelphia Teacher & Coach Showcase

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
May 19, 2018


Evidence-based Whole-school Reform for High Schools: The Truth is Out There!

Washington, DC
December 8, 2017
While many urban high schools continue to struggle with weak performance and insufficient improvement, others are making notable gains and showing real success. On Friday, December 8th, an expert panel shared proven evidence-based approaches to building high-performing learning communities that graduate traditionally under-served youth ready for college and careers.