Preparing all students for success
The staff at ISA sets the tone for what ISA strives to accomplish: Providing the organizational and professional development supports that disricts, schools, and educators need to graduate all students ready to succeed in college and career.
Our team takes great care in recruiting and hiring personnel and consultants who reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. As a team, we review research, discuss problems of practice, and strategize ways to keep equity the focus in our work and in the districts and schools with whom we partner.
ISA is a 30-year-old school reform organization focused on improving access and opportunities for underserved students. Our equity-focused work is designed so that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, class, linguistic diversity, and exceptionality are given intentional and equitable opportunities to learn.
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Ed.D.
Stephanie Wood-Garnett became president of ISA on July 25th, 2017, following the retirement of Gerry House. Formerly, Wood-Garnett was the Vice President...
Stephanie Wood-Garnett became president of ISA on July 25th, 2017, following the retirement of Gerry House. Formerly, Wood-Garnett was the Vice President of Policy to Practice (P2P) at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Her portfolio included deeper learning, college and career ready academic standards, assessment, science of learning, and diversity and equity initiatives. Dr. Wood-Garnett is an accomplished educator with extensive experience in leading complex P–20 education reform initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. Her previous roles include serving as the assistant commissioner of teacher and leader effectiveness for the New York State Education Department where she led Race to the Top initiatives aimed at transforming teacher and leader preparation programs and strengthening P–20 collaboration; serving as a district central office leader in Washington state, and directing the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Senior Math Specialist
Since 2010, Nathan Dilworth has worked with math teachers in ISA schools to create intellectually engaging math curriculum. Dilworth assists math departments...
Since 2010, Nathan Dilworth has worked with math teachers in ISA schools to create intellectually engaging math curriculum. Dilworth assists math departments in curriculum development, math teachers with lesson planning and works with students in classrooms to create a team of people engaged in math.
Prior to joining ISA, Dilworth taught Math in the New York City public school system. As the Head of Department in a small school in the South Bronx, Dilworth used his love of math and background in engineering to bring math to life for his students.
Dilworth holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MA in Secondary Math Education.
Senior Director of Programs
Betty Greene-Bryant is an innovative, purposeful leader who brings a depth of experience from public and private school administration. She has extensive...
Betty Greene-Bryant is an innovative, purposeful leader who brings a depth of experience from public and private school administration. She has extensive experience in forming and working with strategic partnerships within various national education membership associations, higher education institutions, public school districts, and the business community. These education and business partnerships focused primarily on middle and high school reform efforts, research to practice, career-to-work/post-secondary topics, students with disabilities, grant development and management, program evaluation, and professional learning for school administrators and teachers. She has served in the roles of director and assistant director for various U.S. Department of Education grants. Dr. Greene-Bryant served as the first Principal in Residence at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Director for Professional Services at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Senior Director for Professional Services and Interim Executive Director for the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). Dr. Greene-Bryant has also served as an elementary, middle and high school administrator. Her other work in the field of education also includes teaching at American University in Washington D.C. and Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.
Ebony I. Green, Ed.D.
Sr. Director of Programs for Equity and Access
Dr. Ebony Green is Senior Director of Programs for Equity and Access. In this role, Dr. Green designs and leads ISA’s new services and supports for its...
Dr. Ebony Green is Senior Director of Programs for Equity and Access. In this role, Dr. Green designs and leads ISA’s new services and supports for its state, school, and district partners related to creating equitable systems and structures and embedding equity into pedagogy and practice. She also leads ISA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Prior to joining ISA, Dr. Green served as Executive Director of Equity and Access for the Newburgh Enlarged School District. Green is also a former staff developer, principal, assistant principal, and special education teacher. She was also selected by the Southern Education Foundation in 2018 to be a part of the Racial Equity Leadership Network. Green has taught as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, Pace University, and Bank Street College
Senior Operations Administrator
Savitre Jackson has been a part of the ISA team since 2008. As the Operations Administrator, Savitre’s role touches many facets of ISA’s work,...
Savitre Jackson has been a part of the ISA team since 2008. As the Operations Administrator, Savitre’s role touches many facets of ISA’s work, ensuring that coaches are contracted with their matched schools, that financial management flows smoothly, keeping costs low to our school partners, and that people are well supported when they reach out to our offices. Ms. Jackson developed her operational acumen from work in two other major industries: international mail and public utilities.
Associate Director of Partnership Engagement
For more than a decade, Dynell Kellyman has utilized communication strategies, in both private and public sectors, to strengthen relationships between...
For more than a decade, Dynell Kellyman has utilized communication strategies, in both private and public sectors, to strengthen relationships between partner agencies, grantees, board of directors and the community at large.
In her previous role, Dynell was responsible for overall client satisfaction of operational processes and logistics; specifically end-to-end product knowledge, delivery processes and execution. Dynell developed procedures to ensure quality service to clients. Prior to joining ETS in 2015, Dynell was the Associate Director of Communications and Public Policy for Children’s Futures in Trenton, NJ. She oversaw the communication plan for health and education policy issues, event planning, brand development and website management. Dynell also managed advocacy relationships with local government affiliates, provider agencies and community stakeholders.
In her role with ISA, Dynell will establish relationships with new potential partners and develop tactical communication strategies that will influence education practice and policy in ways that enhance the ISA portfolio. Dynell holds a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs in New York and an undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia with a BA in Public Relations
Keith Look, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Programs
Dr. Keith Look began his educational tenure as a middle school teacher in west Baltimore. He then pursued the study of education policy and practice formally...
Dr. Keith Look began his educational tenure as a middle school teacher in west Baltimore. He then pursued the study of education policy and practice formally at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on the application of K-8 grade span configurations as an intervention capable of maintaining community continuity while preserving the principles of middle grades education.
As a high school principal in both Philadelphia and Louisville, Keith fostered learning opportunities in challenging environments. His turnaround work at the Academy @ Shawnee, documented in Education Week and celebrated by then US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, applied a therapeutic approach to school reform and debunked the myth that only new teachers would fill vacancies at such schools. Most recently, the Danville Independent School District shed its negative achievement label under Keith’s leadership as superintendent.
National Program Manager
Hewetté Moore joined the Institute for Student Achievement at the beginning of 2018. Prior to joining the ISA team, she has been working at various education...
Hewetté Moore joined the Institute for Student Achievement at the beginning of 2018. Prior to joining the ISA team, she has been working at various education reform organizations for over 8 years. In her most recent role, she served as the Program Manager of the Education Support Initiatives for Play at the Core, Right To Play’s play-based early learning program serving marginalized communities throughout New York City. Prior to her role at Right To Play, she spent three years at New Visions for Public Schools where she led the Fund for Teachers Program and supported their college access initiatives across 80 district schools. Hewetté holds a BA from Boston College and an MA in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from New York University.
Director of Outreach
Abner Oakes strives to create schools that change students’ lives. At ISA he directs outreach and business development activities and works on the organization’s...
Abner Oakes strives to create schools that change students’ lives. At ISA he directs outreach and business development activities and works on the organization’s equity-focused efforts in schools and districts. Previously, he was at the Alliance for Excellent Education, focused on improving outcomes for historically underserved students. He also worked at the educational technology company JumpRope, the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, and the professional development provider Modern Red SchoolHouse. He spent eight years working with Winner (SD) School District, helping the district improve outcomes for its Native American students. He started his career teaching middle and high school students. “ISA is an organization focused on equity, on improved outcomes for all students,” states Abner, “and it’s exactly the kind of work I left the classroom to do, more than 20 years ago.” After earning a BA at Dartmouth College, he got his MA at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
After working for 40 years as a teacher of English, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent for the Inner London Education Authority...
After working for 40 years as a teacher of English, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent for the Inner London Education Authority and the NYC Department of Education (DoE), Nigel brought his expertise to ISA in October 2018 as a leadership coach and a coach to support special education inclusion. Nigel was the founding principal of the Queens High School of Teaching, then an ISA school, in 2003. Since then he has been the principal of a successful turnaround school in Manhattan and supported 10 professional networks in the NYC DoE central office that provided services and supports to 355 NYC schools pre-k through 12. Nigel has mentored many future leaders through the New York City Leadership Academy and taught future leaders through the Principals’ Institute at Bank Street College of Education. He has considerable experience in leadership support, facilitative leadership, creation of new schools, designing inclusive environments for students with disabilities and other non-typical students, addressing the disproportional suspension of young men of color, and supporting LGBTQ students and adults in educational settings. More recently he has moved into international work through Americans for Bulgaria to support school leadership development in Bulgaria.
Sam Rikoon is a research scientist in the K12 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center at ETS in Princeton, NJ, and serves as ETS’s Research liaison...
Sam Rikoon is a research scientist in the K12 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center at ETS in Princeton, NJ, and serves as ETS’s Research liaison to ISA. He works on building and validating applications of noncognitive and social emotional learning (SEL) assessments for use with populations ranging from middle school students through those in higher education and the workforce. Recently, he has been the research lead for ETS SuccessNavigator and its high school adaptation, as well as PI on a longitudinal study of student learning outcomes in higher education. Sam also led a project funded by the Wallace Foundation to develop a brief situational judgment test of interpersonal skills for middle and high school students, and has been leading efforts to catalog and make use of ETS’s history of noncognitive assessment work going back several decades. His methodological expertise includes classical test and item response theory, multilevel and mixture modeling, longitudinal analyses, and structural equation modeling. Sam received his Ph.D. degree in Policy Research, Evaluation and Measurement (Quantitative Methods) from the University of Pennsylvania.