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September 27, 2017

Training New Teachers to Be Effective on Day One

NIET works in partnership with high-need K-12 districts and teacher preparation programs to better prepare new teachers for the expectations they will face in classrooms. The results include:

Teacher Candidate Graduation Rates Significantly Above the National Average

New teachers in participating partnerships persist and graduate at far higher rates than in comparable programs.

Teacher Candidate Instructional Skills Above Proficient by Graduation

New teachers’ instructional skills demonstrably improve over the course of the year, and are above proficient by the end of the year using the same standards applied to veteran teachers in the district.

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How Does It Work?

NIET works with Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) and their district partners to:

  1. Create a Common Instructional Language                                                                                                                             
    NIET's training for higher education faculty supports their work to embed indicators of strong instructional practice into field experiences and coursework. Strengthening connections between teacher preparation programs and their district partners helps to create a common language.
  2. Promote Feedback to Teacher Candidates Through a Research-Based Rubric                                                                 
    Leading teacher preparation programs have adopted NIET's TAP Teaching Standards Rubric. The TAP Teaching Standards also form the basis for a number of state and district teacher evaluation systems such as the statewide Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) and South Carolina’s Teaching Standards 4.0. 
  3. Facilitate Partnerships between K12 districts and Teacher Preparation Programs                                                    
    Partnerships among NIET, educator preparation programs and districts are highly collaborative. This collaboration includes training and  implementation, online resources and supports, program management and evaluation, stakeholder outreach and communications.  

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IHE and district partners have seen powerful results stemming from their partnerships with NIET—including increased graduation rates among teacher candidates, improved teacher candidate effectiveness and improved student performance. This work is taking place at institutions across the country, including Texas Tech University, Arizona State University, University of South Carolina, Jackson State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tulane University, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of North Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Northern Arizona University.

For more details on NIET's higher education partnerships to increase the effectiveness of teacher candidates and strengthen districts, visit

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