The research mission of ISAAC is to create a community of scholars who formulate and contribute to a research agenda with the fundamental purpose of closing the achievement gap and enhancing the achievement of academic excellence on the part of African American children. The Culturally Appropriate Pedagogy Model is the cornerstone of the Institute’s programmatic efforts. According to this model, the solution to creating educational excellence for African American children is found in the classroom, in the activity between teacher and child. The key to effectively teaching children lies in the instructional leadership provided by principals. Meeting the needs of diverse learners in urban and rural classrooms involves the school becoming the coordinator of support services such as tutoring and mentoring provided by concerned citizens, service clubs, churches and fraternal organizations.

Programmatically, the research component of the Institute will be achieved through major functions and activities: