Our team includes former teachers, principals, school district administrators, and state-level education leaders. Our collective expertise gained at the school, district, and state levels grounds our work in the lived experiences of educators from the communities we serve.
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Ed.D.
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Ed.D.
Stephanie Wood-Garnett became president of ISA on July 25, 2017, following the retirement of Gerry House. Formerly, Stephanie 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. Stephanie 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.
Fenot Aklog, Ed.D.
Fenot Aklog, Ed.D.
Fenot Aklog is ISA’s Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER). In this role, Dr. Aklog provides strategic and technical guidance for the internal monitoring and evaluation of and research on ISA initiatives. In collaboration with the ETS research liaison to ISA, she develops MER processes and tools, conducts data collection, analysis, and reporting on the implementation and outcomes of ISA initiatives, facilitates ISA data use for organizational learning and decision-making, and disseminates ISA learnings and accomplishments.
Dr. Aklog brings two decades of experience in the monitoring, evaluation, and research of school reform initiatives both in the US and internationally. Prior to joining ISA, she was the Director of Research and Development at the National Center for Restructuring Education Schools and Teaching (NCREST), at Teachers College Columbia University–a long-term strategic partner of ISA’s. In this role she provided technical support to clients in implementation research, monitoring and evaluation design, data collection and data use. Dr. Aklog also expanded NCREST’s portfolio internationally, co-founding its international division (ICREST), securing funding for and serving as PI/co-PI on several international projects, including multi-year, national school reform projects that provided operational and research assistance to the ministries of education of Mongolia and the Kyrgyz Republic. Dr. Aklog also served as an adjunct associate professor in the International and Transcultural Studies Department at Teacher College Columbia University, where she taught graduate-level courses in education research and evaluation methods. She holds an Ed.D. from Teacher College, Columbia University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a BA from Brandeis University.
Since 2010, Nathan Dilworth has worked with math teachers in ISA schools to create intellectually engaging math curriculum. He assists math departments with curriculum development, helps math teachers with lesson planning, and works with students in classrooms to create a team of people engaged in math. Prior to joining ISA, Nathan taught math in the New York City Public Schools. As the department head in a small school in the South Bronx, Nathan used his love of math and background in engineering to bring math to life for his students. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Arts in secondary math education.
Ebony I. Green, Ed.D.
Ebony I. Green, Ed.D.
Ebony Green is senior director of programs for equity and access. In this role, Ebony 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, Ebony served as executive director of equity and access for the Newburgh Enlarged School District. She also is a former staff developer, principal, assistant principal, and special education teacher. Additionally, Ebony was selected by the Southern Education Foundation in 2018 to be a part of the Racial Equity Leadership Network. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, Pace University, and Bank Street College.
Betty Greene-Bryant, Ed.D.
Betty Greene-Bryant, Ed.D.
Betty Greene-Bryant is an innovative, purposeful leader who brings a depth of experience from public and private school administration. She has extensive experience 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/postsecondary 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. Betty 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), and senior director for professional services and interim executive director for the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). She also served as an elementary, middle, and high school administrator. Her other work in the field of education includes teaching at American University in Washington D.C., and Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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. She ensures that coaches are contracted with their matched schools, that financial management flows smoothly and costs remain low for our school partners, and that people are well supported when they reach out to our offices. Savitre developed her operational acumen from work in two other major industries: international mail and public utilities.
For more than a decade, Dynell Kellyman has used communication strategies, in both private and public sectors, to strengthen relationships between partner agencies, grantees, boards 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[KL1] in 2015, Dynell was the associate director of communications and public policy for Children’s Futures in Trenton, New Jersey. 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 establishes relationships with new potential partners and develops tactical communication strategies that will influence education practice and policy in ways that enhance the ISA portfolio. Dynell holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs in New York and a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
Hewetté Moore joined ISA at the beginning of 2018. Prior to joining the ISA team, she had worked at various education reform organizations for more than eight 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, Hewetté spent three years at New Visions for Public Schools where she led the Fund for Teachers Program and supported the organization’s college access initiatives across 80 district schools. Hewetté holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Master of Arts in educational leadership, politics, and advocacy from New York University.
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 (South Dakota) 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 Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College, he received his Master of Arts at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
After working for 40 years as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent for the Inner London Education Authority and the New York City Department of Education, 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 in 2003, then an ISA school. Since then he has been the principal of a successful turnaround school in Manhattan and supported 10 professional networks in the New York City Department of Education central office that provided services and supports to 355 New York City schools pre-k through 12th grade. 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 nontypical 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 K-12 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center at ETS in Princeton, New Jersey, and serves as ETS’s research liaison to ISA. He works on building and validating applications of noncognitive and social emotional learning 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 principal investigator 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 doctorate in policy research, evaluation, and measurement (quantitative methods) from the University of Pennsylvania.
ISA FOUNDATION ADVISORY BOARD
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Samira Nanda Sine
Samira Nanda Sine
Samira Nanda Sine is cofounder of The Sine Institute of Policy & Politics and Just For The Children, the former New York director at Common Sense, and cofounder of the Common Sense U.K. initiative. During the course of her professional career, she has worked in Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City as a journalist and writer. With more than 15 years as a writer, on-air broadcaster, and producer, she has worked at the BBC World Business Desk, Reuters Television News, and Huffington Post. She has also hosted a travel and food show that airs on TLC (Discovery Channel), A&E Networks, and Apple TV. Samira has always believed in bigger causes around women, children, education, and digital literacy and serves on boards of organizations that are committed to women and children’s health. Her passions include helping educators and families effectively navigate the complex digital world that children live in today, as well as helping bridge the digital divide. Because she had a teacher as a mother, education was her first calling. Currently based in New York, Samira lives with her spouse, four children, and a golden retriever. She is a trustee at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City and is on the board of governors at National Academy of Design. She helped start the nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a master’s degree in English literature from Bombay University, India, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India.
ISA ADVISORY BOARD
Michael A. Glassman
Former Senior Vice President,
Mergers and Acquisitions
(Investment Banking Division)
Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.
Former Maryland State
Superintendent of Schools
Professor and Former Dean,
Howard University School of Education,
SVP of Research and Development
Michael S. Leeds
ISA Advisory Board
Elementary School Teacher
Founder and Head of Plattner Communications & Public Affairs
Deputy Director, K-12 Education,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation