Community Voices

“ISA has played a major role in helping our students graduate ready for any college major. Our advisory program gets freshmen thinking about college from the very beginning. They are surveying college choices, determining career tracks and creating a plan to get there – all with the help and input from their advisors.” – Noah Lansner, Principal of Brooklyn Preparatory High SchoolNoah Lansner

“I imagined running a school with project-based learning, strong academic support and guidance for students, and professional support and collaboration among colleagues. The ISA model was a great match for my vision.” – Emily Shu, Founding Principal of Bronx Envision Academy
Emily Shu
“The ISA model is comprehensive, yet flexible. Understanding that there is not a single formula for running a successful school, we adapted the ISA principles to our own vision and ultimately created our own place within the ISA model.” – Emily Shu, Founding Principal of Bronx Envision Academy
“ISA guided us from the start and was there to help shape our school into what it is today. ISA’s guiding principles are ingrained in the brain and heart of our school. Within six months, students become so familiar with the lexicon of the school. The guiding principles become so central to students’ experience at the school that the way they talk about school and learning changes.” – Courtney Winkfield, Principal of Young Writers Academy Courtney Winkfield
“ISA’s coaching services and professional learning opportunities at the ISA Summer Institute have not only strengthened our skills as teachers, they have helped us create deeper relationships with our students. We have a chance to get to know our students and see what is important about each of them. Relationships like this just don’t happen in every school.” – Sam Saltz, English teacher at ELLIS Preparatory AcademySal Saltz
“The structures we have built and the outside support we have received from ISA has made our school possible and ultimately a success.” – Norma Vega, Founding Principal of ELLIS Preparatory Academy Norma Vega
“For me, it is most important that students graduate with skills and experiences that will make them successful wherever they go. Ultimately, we want them to graduate and be happy, healthy and productive citizens, regardless of what field they choose. The ISA model gives our students the opportunity to write their own future, regardless of their past.” – Gareth Robinson, Founding Principal Institute for Health Professions at Cambria HeightsGareth Robinson
“Anonymity is the death of education. If students feel they are just another number or statistic, they will forget that school is a place of hope and discovery. ISA’s distributed leadership model and advisory program creates a sense of community within the school. Teacher advisors have the same students all four years, so they really get to know and communicate with their students.” – Nancy Logozzo, Founding Principal of Hudson High School of Learning TechnologiesNancy Amling
“The ISA model requires that teachers be more than teachers – they are role models to, and often confidants for, our students. This creates a foundational skill for our new teachers and raises the expectations for our veteran teachers.” – Carla Theodorou, Principal of Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance & Information TechnologyCarla Theodorou
“Ramped up rigor in the classroom pushes students to work hard, but if they struggle along the way, they know we will work tirelessly to guide them back on the path towards success.” – Marcel Deans, principal of Victory Collegiate High SchoolMarcel Deans
“Our ISA Leadership Development coach plays a significant role in helping our school flourish. Instead of feeding me information, he asks me questions that make me figure out my own answers, which truly makes this school unique. He analyzes best practices and then guides me through what needs to happen in order for it to fit for our school.” – Carolyne Quintana, Principal of Bronxdale High SchoolCarolyn Quintana
“We believe in everything ISA’s Seven Principles demonstrate. We encourage collaborative learning in the classroom and collaborative professional learning at the teacher level. Even the administration and our school’s engagement with parents are very collaborative. Coaching has been a huge part of this success.” – Carolyne Quintana, Principal of Bronxdale High School