Teacher Decision Making & Student Achievement

Can teacher input into decision-making impact student achievement? Richard Ingersoll and Lisa Silva will present their findings and engage in a dialogue based on the data Richard has gathered from his recent studies and from Lisa’s hands-on experience with shared leadership at the New American Academy Charter School in NYC.


Dr. Richard Ingersoll is the Board of Overseers Professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His nationally-recognized and highly-awarded research and writing is concerned with the character of elementary and secondary schools as workplaces, teachers as employees and teaching as a job. In 2016, Dr. Ingersoll was inducted as a member of the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

Lisa Parquette Silva has been headmaster of The New American Academy Charter School (TNAACS) since its opening in 2013. Prior to her work at TNAA Lisa worked for the NYC Department of Education for 28 years as an elementary, middle and high school teacher. Lisa has worked as a Literacy Specialist, a Staff Developer and an English Department Chairperson and has designed and implemented school wide curriculum and assessments to target effective literacy instruction for a variety of stakeholders in multiple schools.