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In The Press

2019 Digital Principal of the Year

Digital Principal award winners are honored for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement, and their own leadership. 2019 Digital Principal Award Winner…


Queens Principal received distinguished honor​

Persad says "it's really important to us to have each girl have agency and ownership in their future and their lives. So we're preparing girls for a world that we don't even know what it will look like or exist in the next decade."

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Empowering Students with Tech Tools 

Discover how leadership at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria turned to Immersive Reader and an Azure AI partner, Buncee, as they looked for ways to create a more inclusive and engaging classroom. 

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Grant Award from Councilman Constantinides 

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Council Member Costa Constantinides on July 27, 2017 during which they announced their $3.7 Million allocationTYWLS Astoria, Queens. One of the grand recipients to improve the school's film lab.  Report originally aired on August 6, 2017 on AKTINA TV, broadcasting on WNYE Channel 25. 

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Cahn Fellow for Distinguished Principals, Teachers College 2019

Seeks to improve large urban public school systems nationally by providing distinguished school leaders with advanced professional development and recognition.


Power Women of Queens

This is "Power Women of Queens - Dr. Allison Persad" by Queens Public Television 2017.

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Just Pick the Pineapple: Building Trust in Turbulence

At the veggie market on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 216th Street in Queens, NY, my dad showed me how to pick a pineapple. He said, “It just has to smell like a pineapple and feel right, then it’s good to go.” I nodded in agreement like I wanted him to really believe that I was following him and that I understood this wisdom.

Leave the Seed, Keep the Flesh: Reflections From Principalship and Motherhood

We thought we had it all figured out, like avocado toast. Pre-pandemic, we added pumpkin seeds and feta and Mike’s hot honey and slathered it on Mestemacher rye bread. We made guacamole and avocado quinoa bowls. But there was more to this berry, more to discover, and we had a year of a global pandemic to find truths. 

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