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New York-Based Institute for Student Achievement High Schools Effectively Build Students’ College and Career Readiness Skills

By Abi Mandelbaum
October 21st, 2014

School leaders nationwide invited to observe schools’ exemplary practices during upcoming school visits

CARLE PLACE, New York, October 20, 2014 –Through a partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), more than thirty high schools in New York City have successfully prepared students for college and career success utilizing ISA’s comprehensive approach to school design. To help other school leaders learn from these effective practices, a select group of these schools is hosting school visits on October 23, 2014 and in January and March of 2015.

To ensure that all students are ready to succeed in college, schools must teach and students must learn and apply higher order thinking, analytic writing skills, and content area knowledge. Through its intensive school, leadership and content coaching, the ISA model is designed to make that happen. ISA’s model transforms the culture of a school into a high performing educational community focused on changing the life trajectories of its students. In such an environment, graduation from high school and college success become real possibilities. The school tours showcase the uniqueness of each school in making student success happen.

During the upcoming school visits, school leaders will have the opportunity to observe how ISA’s focus on a college-ready curriculum, distributed counseling and personalization, and a culture of continuous improvement create vibrant, successful schools that are as unique as the communities they serve. Participants will learn more about these principles, talk with principals about their ISA experience, observe classrooms where inquiry-based instruction is in action, and talk with students about their aspirations and school experiences, including how their school is preparing them to be college and career ready.

“ISA partners with high schools that struggle with high dropout rates to transform them into successful developers of high achieving students who are prepared for college, as well as careers,” said Scott Noon, Executive Director for Strategic Business Development at ISA. “More than 80% of our high school graduates will persist through four years of college.”

Upcoming school visits, each of which will be held from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm ET, include:

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Victory Collegiate High School and Brooklyn Preparatory High School
• While very different, both of these schools have been using the ISA model for quite some time. Attendees will see how inquiry is used to deepen learning and engage students despite very different academic needs within the student body.

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Harvest Collegiate High School, Hudson High School of Learning Technologies, and Manhattan Business Academy
• These Manhattan-based schools demonstrate broad diversity in their student populations. Attendees will be able to explore schools in different stages of implementation while learning about the processes ISA uses to ensure college and career readiness.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
High School for Energy and Technology, Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights, and Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance & Information Technology
• Each of these Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools strives to ensure students achieve a high school diploma, an industry-level certification in their school’s CTE specialty area, and an acceptance letter to either a technical school or college. Attendees will learn how these schools have integrated industry and higher education partnerships, promote deep learning, and enrich the environment of student accountability.

To register and learn more about the ISA school visits, go to: http://www.studentachievement.org/visit-an-isa-school/.

About ISA
The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) partners with schools and districts to transform public high schools so that students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming graduate prepared for success in college. Through a close partnership, ISA provides the organizational and professional development supports that schools, principals, and teachers need to succeed, giving students the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve to their fullest potential. To learn more about ISA, visit http://www.studentachievement.org/.

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About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.