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August 17, 2016

NIET News: Summer 2016

Educators represent NIET during Teacher Appreciation Week at the White House.


Eye on Policy

ESSA and Teacher Equity: What States Need to Know

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), each state must have a plan to ensure that low-income and minority students are not taught by inexperienced, out-of-field or ineffective teachers at higher rates than other students. But how do you define "effectiveness"? And how do you encourage effective and highly effective educators to work in high-need schools and classrooms? NIET breaks down the challenges, offers recommendations for creating successful systems, and illustrates where these practices are working. Read more.


Class Acts

Labor of Love

"What better way to make a difference than in the life of a young person?" Brian Lee, a teacher at Dodson Branch School in Jackson County, Tennessee, discusses why he returned to his alma mater and what motivates him to keep learning. Read Brian's words of wisdom and learn how you can #ShareYourStory with NIET.

The Principal Equation

Dr. Danny Mendez, Gene Morrrow Jr. and Ryan Siebe all come from different places, but have a common purpose: to provide their teachers with clear, actionable support to help them measure their progress and improve over time. What do principals need to put in place to achieve this goal and yield substantial gains for students? Read more.


Research and Training

Retain Effective Teachers
Facts and Stats

Did you know that the skills, knowledge and responsibilities measured by the TAP rubric more strongly align to classroom value-added student achievement scores than other leading rubrics? Or that more than 90% of principals report that the use of the TAP standards helps them retain effective teachers? Learn about these facts and more in NIET's 2016 research summary, a useful reference year-round. Download the NIET research summary.

NIET Summer Trainings: What Educators Learned

From Iowa, Indiana and Tennessee, to Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina, NIET supported K-12 educators and higher education institutions to strengthen educator effectiveness and plan for the coming school year. Summer institutes provided intensive training for teachers and school leaders who work together to analyze data, develop school goals, and identify and improve the instructional practices that will lead to student success. See how your school or district can work with NIET to create ongoing, school-based practices that lead to improved instruction across the faculty.