The Urban Assembly Instruction Team builds schools' capacity by strengthening educator practice and leadership practice in order to improve student outcomes.

The Urban Assembly Instruction Team drives continuous improvement of school leaders and teachers through collaboration, goal-setting, quality professional development, data analysis and feedback. Student academic success is always at the center of the Instruction Team's work. The Instruction Team is comprised of a team of eight Achievement Coaches whose focus areas include data & accountability, literacy, Learning Cultures, mathematics, Career & Technical Education, leadership, and Special Education. Urban Assembly Achievement Coaches are in the field four days a week, and spend a minimum average of 25 days a year in each of their schools, working on-site with teachers and school leaders. This allows for whole school professional development and combines outside resources with on-site coaching and support. The Instruction Team employs the following key service strategies:

  • Leadership Development
  • Data Analysis and Inquiry
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Curriculum Response and Planning
  • New Program Implementation

Team Members

  • Bisola is the Math Program Manager at The Urban Assembly. She is an experienced educator in urban schools and communities with extensive experience providing leadership to organizations, administrators and teachers in designing and delivering math equitable and rigorous math instruction to all students. Her scholarly interests include equity based instructional strategies in mathematics education and studying organizational factors that impact teacher turnover in urban schools. Bisola holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics Education and Educational Policy from the Graduate Center, CUNY, a M.Ed. in Leadership in Mathematics Education from Bank Street College of Education, a M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Queens College, CUNY and a B.S. in Public Affairs from Baruch College, CUNY.

  • Debra began her career as an English teacher and senior advisor at John Jay HS in Brooklyn NY and then moved into a role as a writing coach for the NYC Writing Project at Lehman College. During her tenure she designed and facilitated graduate seminars in reading and writing theory, inquiry-based and writing-intensive models of instruction, and taking a reflective stance toward practice for teacher teams and school leaders. Prior to joining the Urban Assembly Instructional Team, she became an instructional coach for a network of ISA high schools which led to her conducting Quality Reviews and Principal Performance Reviews for schools across the city. She received her Master of Arts in English Literature, and is a Harvard-trained Instructional Rounds facilitator.

  • Duane leads the graduation mission at The Urban Assembly, continuously working across schools and UA internal departments to measure and improve growth for our graduating classes. As an Achievement Coach for Data and Policy, Duane works collaboratively at UA, and shares short-term and long-term objectives for high school graduation rates. As a bridge between Instruction, as well as Research and Evaluation, Duane uses his knowledge of NYC and NYS policy, as well as a suite of data tools, to coach school leaders, and to optimize data and strategic planning for all students. Duane has worked in the public sector for over ten years, as a consultant, as a NYC Urban Fellow, and in operations within the innovative Empowerment Zone at the NYCDOE. Duane earned his B.A. in Government from Cornell University, his M.P.A from the Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs, and his Fulbright Scholarship from the Universite de Berne, Switzerland. After being with UA from 2007 to 2009, he is back at UA as of 2013. 

  • As Director of Academics and Leadership, Alexis Goldberg leads the team of instructional leaders who support instructional development in Urban Assembly schools. This team works responsively with instructional leaders to build capacity in their schools. Alexis has been with The Urban Assembly for 8 years, starting as an Achievement Coach with a focus on literacy and performance assessment before her current role. Before joining The Urban Assembly, Alexis taught high school English as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. Alexis has also taught education courses at Fordham University and Bard College. Alexis received a B.S. from Northwestern University, an MsED in English Education from Queens College, and MsEd from Bank Street in Educational Leadership in the Arts. Alexis is also a graduate of Coro’s Leadership New York program