Ali supports youth-serving programs and schools in defining and measuring success. She then assists with the really hard part - creating systems that foster collaboration and improvement. Her passion is empowering staff with the data and skills needed to connect and solve problems. Ali has over a decade of educational and youth-centered experience in New York City and New Jersey. Previous roles include district administrator, social work student, and non-profit program analyst. She is now a consultant, improvement coach and facilitator, and adjunct lecturer of Social Work Research at Silberman.
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Launching a second cohort of Good Shepherd Services Improves Fellowship. Fellows from GSS schools and programs will come together to apply improvement science methods to tackle the problem of chronic absenteeism.
Teaching Social Work Research at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Supporting Newark Opportunity Youth Network in connecting and creating data systems that will enable leadership and staff to monitor and promote school and program performance.
Supporting the Research Alliance for NYC Schools in launching a #DegreesNYC Data Co-op of CBO partners; conducting data audits of CBOs to help discover our common threads.
Joining Datapolitan teachers to help city employees gain skills in summarizing data.
Recent Conference Presentations:
NYC Transfer School 9th Annual Conference (June, 2019). Building Connections for Student Success. In this session, I shared lessons learned from evaluation and staff activities at South Brooklyn Community High School, along with Domingo Rodriguez, Program Director.
Ready by 21, Forum for Youth Investment (April, 2019). The Problem With Attendance: Using Continuous Improvement to Tackle Root Causes of Absenteeism.
2019: Worked with school leaders at South Brooklyn Community High School to develop systems that enhance staff ability to use data to support student achievement.
2019: Designed and facilitated Good Shepherd Services Improvement Fellowship. Fellows from transfer school and evening programs came together to apply improvement science methods to tackle the problem of chronic absenteeism.
2019: Participated in the Eskolta School Improvement Fellowship to learn how to build the skills of educators to create cultures of improvement in their schools.
Senior Program Analyst, Good Shepherd Services
May 2014 to August 2018
Special Assistant, Newark Public Schools
October 2012 to April 2014
Associate Program Manager, NYC DOE, Office of Multiple Pathways to Graduation
July 2007 to July 2010
MSW, Organizational Management and Leadership, 2012
Silberman School at Hunter College
B.S. Policy Analysis and Management, 2007
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Newark, NJ
2013 - present
Team Captain and Independent Fundraiser
American Cancer Society