The Staff


Consortium Staff

Ann Cook

Ann is the executive director and co-founder of the New York Performance Standards Consortium and was the co-founder and co-director of the Urban Academy Laboratory High School, a New York City public school. She has taught both high school and college level students in courses such as childrens' literature, the history of the civil rights movement, and Don't Read That Book -- a course on censorship. She is the author of three series of children's books including the Monster Series, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Jonathan Katz

Jonathan has been involved in mathematics education for almost 40 years. As a teacher of students from grades 6 through 12 and as a math specialist and coach he has worked to create mathematics classrooms that engage students as mathematical thinkers and stimulate their appreciation for the wonder and beauty of mathematics.

He has taken advantage of the opportunities offered by the Consortium to help students and teachers both rethink their notions of mathematics and enjoy its magnificence through challenging problem-solving and engaging, interesting classrooms.

Phyllis Tashlik

Phyllis directs the Center for Inquiry in Teaching and Learning, which provides professional development support for teachers within the New York Performance Standards Consortium. As director, Phyllis has helped to design and implement the Consortium’s performance assessment system, including interim assessments, moderation studies, rubrics, and professional development for Consortium staffs.

She has decades of teaching experience—most recently teaching English at Urban Academy, a Consortium school—and has written extensively about literacy issues and performance assessment.  She is editor of books of student writing, Active Voices II (with James Moffett) and Hispanic, Female and Young and has co-authored books and DVDs for the Teacher-to-Teacher series distributed by Teachers College Press.

Mica Baum-Tuccillo

Mica is the Research and Analysis Assistant to for the New York Performance Standards Consortium. She designs and implements research strategies that support Consortium schools, and assists the directors with many of the Consortium’s ongoing projects and events. Previously, Mica worked with several teachers, students, and LGBTQ leaders to develop the Consortium’s LGBTQ Curriculum Project, facilitating several professional development clinics and workshops.

Mica completed her MSW in 2017 at Hunter College School of Social Work, during which she provided advocacy and mental health services to people living with AIDS/HIV and completed research in various policy areas. She is also a Research Assistant at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and at Hunter College, focusing on dynamics related to social identity in groups and institutions. Mica has worked with young people as an educator and advocate in Philly, West Virginia, and New York. She taught poetry, creative writing, history, and gender and sexuality studies at Urban Academy Laboratory High School from 2012-2015, where she also went to high school.


Barry J. Fox

Barry is Science Consultant for the Consortium and was instrumental in creating the Consortium’s science rubric and PBAT. A New York City science educator for nearly fifty years, Barry has designed numerous curricula, led workshops for teachers of all levels of experience as well as for administrators, and coached/mentored many teachers. He was a founding teacher of the Urban Academy, a Consortium laboratory school, where he served as Science Coordinator. Barry is co-author of Inquiry Teaching in the Sciences distributed by Teachers College Press, and recipient of the Maurice Hexter Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Rockefeller University Teacher Outreach Fellowship.

Dina Heisler

Dina’s career has included teaching interdisciplinary social studies and ELA at International HS at LaGuardia, one of the Consortium schools, as well as leadership roles as a founding principal of Pablo Neruda Academy, NYC DOE network achievement coach, and adjunct for the Principals Institute at the Bank Street School of Education. Her areas of expertise include supervision, humanities curriculum, growth mindset applications, restorative justice, internship, social and emotional learning, ESL, and Webquests. Dina has also been a leadership and content coach with ISA for 6 years.

Marian Mogulescu

Marian spent many years as a teacher and administrator in NYC middle and high schools and helped to begin three new high schools, including Central Park East Secondary School and two Consortium schools, East Side Community High School and Vanguard High School, where she was also Co-Director. In addition to her work with the Consortium, Marian has worked with the National Coalition of Essential Schools, the Institute for Student Achievement and the Center for Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Teachers College.  She has helped schools develop an inquiry approach to teaching, learning and assessment and has worked extensively with advisory programs, guidance and support personnel.

Sue-Ann Rosch

Sue-Ann is the recently retired founding principal of the Community School for Social Justice (CSSJ), a Consortium high school located in the South Bronx, which she founded in 2002 through the New Century High Schools Initiative. Sue-Ann fostered the school’s membership in the New York Performance Standards Consortium. Central to the school’s design are: a collaborative leadership model; a performance-based instruction and assessment system (PBATs); “family group,” an advisory system that provides socio-emotional support to students in a small group setting for four years; and practices and structures through which student leadership and voice is developed to provide service, peer support, and civic participation.

Prior to founding CSSJ, Sue-Ann served twenty years in NYC alternate high schools as a teacher, assistant principal and school director. She also was also a founding member of the Bronx 8, a group of eight Bronx Consortium school principals who meet to discuss and work on common problems of practice, and a mentor of six principals from Consortium Brooklyn schools. She has presented workshops, spoken at conferences, and written education articles about a range of education concerns.

Michael Tyner

Michael is a film writer-director, producer, and educator.  He made his directorial debut in 2011 with Malcolmology, a nationally televised six-part series on the life of Malcolm X as told by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Manning Marable. His narrative directorial debut, Jake, premiered nationally and has been nominated for various awards including Best New Filmmaker by the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

Mike also teaches film production to high school and college students and trains teachers interested in starting a film curriculum.

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer has worked as college advisor at the Institute for Collaborative Education(ICE), a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, for over twenty years. As ICE’s only college advisor, she founded, designed, and ran the ICE college office, providing guidance, handling all applications and writing recommendations, and providing support for each student. She also created and taught “Future Bound,” a two-semester course that prepares and assists ICE juniors and seniors throughout the college process and formulated ICE’s original. Jennifer helped establish the very successful Unique New York City High School College Fair. She was chosen to represent the College Advisor viewpoint for the branding of CUNY’s Stella and Charles Guttman Community College and on the TEAC team for Steinhardt School at NYU.

Kiri Davis

Kiri uses film and media to tell stories that are important to her. She has produced and directed several short films including her first documentary “A Girl Like Me” which she made at age sixteen and which has been screened worldwide and featured in over twenty film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2014 Kiri founded the Just Us Project, a multi-media platform developed to actively address social justice issues through media, art, and community outreach. Most recently Kiri worked as a producer on “Stranger Fruit,” a new feature-length documentary that premiered at the South by Southwest film festival. The documentary covers the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown and the cover-up that followed.