newsroom banner


January 11, 2017

NIET News: Winter 2017

NIET Chairman Lowell Milken visits a classroom at West Goshen Elementary, Indiana, with TAP Master Teacher Aimee Schade. Schade is the state's 2016-17 Milken Educator.


Mark Your Calendars

17th TAP Conference Kicks Off March 24 in New Orleans

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching will conduct its 17th Annual National TAP Conference "Advancing Educator Effectiveness" in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, March 24 - Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The National TAP Conference is a dynamic gathering of practitioners, policymakers, federal, state and district administrators and other organizations who play a key role in the implementation of educator effectiveness best practices across the country. Read more.


Eye on Policy

ESSA: Supporting Educators' Professional Learning and Career Growth

In fall 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance for states and districts in the use of Title II Part A funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new federal education law provides states and districts with significant flexibility in the use of federal funds to train, develop and support educators. Learn how the funds can be used, how ESSA promotes equitable access to effective educators and how the law encourages a comprehensive approach to building local capacity.

Investing in Educators to Create Districtwide Change

We know that great educators can transform the lives and learning of students. With competing budget priorities, how can a district leader move schools toward a singular vision of making educators the centerpiece of realizing positive student outcomes? The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement interviews NIET President Dr. Patrice Pujol about the effective strategies she employed as head of Ascension Public Schools, Louisiana. Read about how these practices can be replicated in your communities.


Appointments and Accolades

NIET Appoints 2016-17 Educator Advisory Board Members

Ten educators and district leaders, hailing from a diverse cross-section of communities, have been appointed to serve on NIET's Educator Advisory Board for the 2016-17 year. Members of the Educator Advisory Board have a broad range of experience supporting strong teaching and learning, particularly in high-need schools, and many have been nationally recognized. Learn more about them.

NIET Congratulates Lancaster ISD, Texas, on National, State Recognition

Texas' Lancaster Independent School District School Board won recognition as the 2016 National Alliance of Black School Educators School Board of the Year and the 2016 Texas Association of School Administrators Outstanding School Board of the Year. The district uses NIET's teaching standards and tools for implementing innovative approaches to instruction and learning. This support for Lancaster educators has resulted in strong student achievement growth and a 95% graduation rate. Learn more about Lancaster's accomplishments.

Lancaster ISD School Board, Texas