13th National TAP Conference Spotlights TAP's Impact on Educator Effectiveness and Policy
Attracting more than 1,200 educators, policymakers and community members representing 20 states, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching showcased the success of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancementone of the largest sustained, multi-state efforts to create comprehensive systems of support and improvement for classroom instruction. The 13th conference, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, located just outside the nation's capital.
The conference provided leaders at all levels involved in TAP with a deeper understanding of the comprehensive reform system and fostered the exchange of experiences, skills and knowledge that attendees took back to their campuses and communities.
On a larger scale, district, state and federal expertsincluding U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Louisiana U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais and Knox County Schools Superintendent James McIntyredescribed how TAP's work in schools is influencing education policies and changing the landscape of the teaching profession today. Notable federal programs designed to drive the kinds of reforms embedded in TAP were discussed, including the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) and Race to the Top as well as state and district efforts that aim to take TAP's reforms to scale.
Educators also took to the stage to describe how the rigorous implementation of TAP is helping to make student achievement "the song that everyone is singing." Selected schools and districts received special awards for their efforts. North DeSoto Middle School in Stonewall, Louisiana, earned the prestigious 2013 TAP Founder's Award and $50,000. Other recognition awards went to schools and districts in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado and Indiana.