NIET News: Fall 2017
Training New Teachers to Be Effective on Day One
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 32-39% of students nationwide graduate from college in four years. NIET works with universities and their district partners to help better connect colleges of education to the needs of the communities they serve and provide critical supports to teachers throughout the process. The partnerships create a common instructional language, promote feedback to teacher candidates, and foster collaboration on training, resources, program management, and stakeholder outreach. Early results are in for ASU and Texas Tech, where they're seeing graduation rates of 86-100% for participating students. In addition to Arizona and Texas, NIET's work is expanding to South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana. Read more.
Weathering the Storms
Creating a Safe Space for Students After Disaster Strikes
Preparation for back-to-school took a tragic turn for those affected by the hurricanes, as educators and school leaders are faced with new challenges and uncertainties. In Education Week Teacher, TAP principal Brian Young offers advice drawn from his experiences as one of the first educators to return to school after Hurricane Katrina. Describing the use of TAP as a vehicle, he says, "I know the feeling of the weight of the world in your hands and the magnitude of the responsibility educators hold to create a safe, nurturing environment for students to grow and thrive, no matter the circumstances." Read more.
Appointments and Accolades
NIET Appoints 2017-18 Educator Advisory Board Members
Eleven educators and district leaders will serve on NIET's Educator Advisory Board for the 2017-18 year, bringing experience from a variety of different perspectives and settings. "Each member of the advisory board can provide us with real time feedback on teaching and learning issues. These insights are essential in offering quality support and resources to the over 5,000 schools in our network today," says NIET CEO Dr. Gary Stark. "I appreciate their leadership and expertise, and look forward to their collective contributions in the year ahead." Learn more.
#ShareYourStory: Louisiana's Cade Brumley Joins National Webinar
Successes deserve to be celebrated and shared so that others can learn from your example. DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley joined a national webinar - hosted by the national superintendents association, national principals associations, the Learning Policy Institute and national teachers unions - to discuss the impact of professional learning on student success. "Talent is the largest financial investment in your students," Brumley tells the large audience. Watch the broadcast and consider sharing your own story. What are your lessons to help others advance their work in educator effectiveness? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to us on Twitter @NIETteach using the hashtag #ShareYourStory.