Past Events

Webinar: Investigating Supervision of Virtual Science Instruction for All Students

March 26 at 3:00 pm ET – click here to view!

This webinar, which took place on March 26, addressed the principles and practices that aim to help and support leadership and administrators’ science supervisory concerns. The presentation focused on supervisory strategies that are positive and supportive and help to enhance virtual science instruction and observations. It ended with a discussion of simple processes for analyzing the distance learning delivery of meaningful science content, all to support student learning.

The session was led by former ISA coach, Henri Shimojyo, who focuses on supporting effective science and mathematics instruction as a teacher supervisor with the Graduate School of Education at the University California, Riverside. Henri has over 15 years of school-related experience, including teaching all levels of high school science and leading district STEM initiatives. Henri also supports California’s implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards via several initiatives.


Webinar: Alternative Teaching and Station Teaching: Co-teaching Methods

March 17 at 3:30 pm ET – click here to view!

While co-teaching in a remote setting can look a bit different than in-person teaching, there are many approaches such as alternative teaching and station teaching that can work well in both learning environments. Through proper planning, all teachers can have an integral part in the implementation of the lesson, which lends itself to an equitable, rigorous learning experience for all scholars.

This workshop will address planning and application of alternative teaching and station teaching utilizing co-teaching methods in the inclusive classroom.


Digital Tools to Help Teach English Learners

January 14 at 4:00 pm ET – here is the video

On January 14, ISA hosted a webinar called Digital Tools to Help English Learners. Stephanie Grasso, an ISA coach, was joined by Sabrina Espinetti, a teacher of English learners at NYC’s Business of Sports School. During the event, Stephanie and Sabrina demonstrated digital tools to use with English learners (EL) in the virtual or blended classroom. They shared ways to promote EL’s speaking, reading, and writing skills through the use of apps, as well as ways that teachers can differentiate activities and assignments using these tools. As in her previous webinar for ISA, Stephanie continued to weave the theme of social-emotional support for ELs as she and Sabrina explored how to best support these students using digital tools.


English Learners Online and Their Social and Emotional Well-Being

October 20 at 4:00 pm ET – here is the video

English learners have specific social and emotional needs that need to be met for them to be successful in virtual learning environments. In this webinar, ISA coach Stephanie Grasso discussed these needs and presented several effective ways that teachers and schools can best support these students in classrooms, face to face, virtually, and on a schoolwide level. Additionally, she presented best practices that focus on creating an asset mindset—how teachers can build on knowledge that English learners bring to classrooms—in order to engage students successfully in the content.

Joining Stephanie to share her experiences in teaching virtually was Angela Manzolillo, who teaches new English learners at the Brooklyn Lab School in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Lab is a long-time ISA partner school.

(Here is a recent conversation that we had with Stephanie at the ISA blog.)


Preparing for this Fall: The District’s Tech Toolkit

August 4 at 3:00 pm ET – here is the video

In response to the remote learning measures taken in response to COVID-19, schools and districts are working hard to improve technology access and implementation. This webinar, the fourth in our series related to teaching and learning during the pandemic, discussed the strategies necessary to determine why and how to streamline what goes into your school’s or district’s tech toolkit. Streamlining the toolkit allows learning to focus on the standards taught, rather than measuring technological fluency.

As this webinar illustrated, educators already demonstrate this capacity in other areas, and so the key is to transfer thinking and planning to the “new normal” of virtual learning. The webinar featured the following presenters:


Making Virtual Learning Manageable

June 30 at 3:00 pm ET – watch the archived video here

ISA’s third webinar addressing teaching and learning at this moment featured:

  • Dr. Keith Look, ISA’s Senior Director for District Services and a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and
  • Dr. Bruce Campbell Jr., Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Leadership Masters and Supervisory Certification programs at the School of Education at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.

In it Bruce and Keith discussed lessons learned from the spring’s heroic virtual learning efforts and simple improvements that can be made to make great leaps forward in the fall’s likely implementation.

Webinar attendees also responded to ISA’s Simplify.Pattern.Train model for smart approaches to virtual learning and technology integration.


Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students, Educators, and Parents

June 3 at 3:00 pm ET – here is the video

In this second webinar on issues related to K-12 education and the pandemic, a panel of of school-level practitioners, district personnel, and parents examined the practical ways that educators and parents are meeting the social and emotional needs of their students and children. Participants included:

  • Dr. Ebony Green, Senior Director of Programs for Equity and Access, Institute for Student Achievement
  • Dr. Carol Montague-Davis, Principal, Carver High School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) School District
  • Ebony Jason, Mathematics Teacher, Carver High School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) School District
  • Dynell Kellyman, Associate Director of Partnership Engagement, Institute for Student Achievement
  • Nate Dilworth, Senior Math Specialist, Institute for Student Achievement
  • Dr. Dave Casamento, Assistant Superintendent, East Meadow (NY) School District


Equity-focused webinar: Cultural Competence in the World of Virtual Education

May 13 at 3:00 pm ET – watch the archived video here

Please join ISA’s Dr. Ebony Green, Senior Director of Programs for Equity and Access, and Chanel Ward, Assistant Dean of Diversity at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, for a webinar, Cultural Competence in the World of Virtual Education.

While the pandemic has disrupted so much that we took for granted, such as our schools and the teaching and learning happening in them, many educators are doing what they can to stay connected to their students and to create nurturing environments for them, even as they are online. Join Dr. Green and Ms. Ward as they discuss the critical importance of infusing cultural competence, compassion, and empathy into this new virtual education space – qualities not only important for our young people but also for the educators serving them.


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.

Participants to include:


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.

Participants included:


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


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.