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Introduction and Welcome

Educators Across the Country Come Together for NIET's 16th National TAP Conference in New Orleans

The introduction of the TAP System in 1999 has led to transformational improvements in teacher practice and student achievement. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) has built on this work, partnering with schools, districts, states and universities throughout the nation to ensure that students have enriching educational experiences to become productive citizens.

The National TAP Conference is NIET's hallmark event to engage and unite school leadership teams, policymakers, education researchers, university faculty and other leaders involved in NIET's mission to advance educator effectiveness.

This year, the bulk of training and workshop sessions focused on in-depth support for schools, districts and states building structures and systems to support improvements in teacher and school leader effectiveness. Policy panels focused on the connections between practice and policy, including the implementation of the newly enacted federal education law entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The conference also covered the management of an effective educator evaluation system at the district and building levels, the role of teacher leaders, and exciting new work that is happening with teacher preparation. 

Dr. Gary Stark Welcomes TAP Conference Participants

NIET Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gary Stark opened the 2016 conference by welcoming the more than 1,000 attendees this year. Participants included those implementing the full TAP System as well as those using the TAP Educator Effectiveness Series or the TAP Teaching Standards as the state or district’s instructional rubric.

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Gary Stark

Stark unveiled new research results, showing significant improvements in teacher practice and student achievement using TAP principles.

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Stark also highlighted upcoming changes to the NIET portal that will provide a data dashboard for administrators, a mobile video observer to capture and upload video and artifact evidence, and a new student data feature including an option for student surveys. 

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