What We Do

The ISA whole school reform model is grounded in 7 research-based principles that are designed to work synergistically to help schools graduate all students ready for college and careers. The 7 principles serve as a framework to transform a school’s organizational and educational practices into a personalized and rigorous educational program.

ISA’s Approach

ISA uses a capacity-building approaches in its work with states, districts, and schools to address problems of practice and to focus on continuous improvement.

ISA’s supports include:

  • Strategic planning (district and school)
  • Individual and team job-embedded coaching for teachers, leaders, and counselors
  • Equity services
  • Social-emotional and academic development strategies
  • Summer and winter institutes
  • Communities of Practice for leaders, teachers, and counselors
  • The College Ready School Assessment (CRSA) is intended to enable network schools to conduct a gap analysis against more than 50 college-readiness indicators.
  • The Annual End of Year Implementation Inventory (EOY) is a process whereby the school leadership, the ISA leadership coach, and an external ISA coach examine and reflect on the priority goals and outcomes for the prior school year using evidence.
  • The Sustainability Inventory is a process after a four-year collaboration with ISA for identifying those areas of achievement the school needs to sustain and those areas where the school needs targeted services to address gaps.

ISA is partnering with educators to help schools:

  1. improve student academic achievement and attainment;
  2. enhance school leadership skills for implementing the organizational and instructional changes necessary for whole school reform;
  3. supporting teaching and learning in the disciplines as well as numeracy and literacy in the content areas;
  4. provide students with the social and emotional (non-academic) supports necessary for school success; and
  5. foster family and community engagement.