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August 17, 2018

NIET News: Summer 2018

NIET and partner educators take to Capitol Hill to talk teacher leadership. 

Eye on Policy

On the Hill, NIET and Partner Educators Push for Teacher Leadership

NIET leaders and partners from Indiana, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas headed to Washington, D.C., to share their experiences with policymakers. NIET hosted a congressional briefing sponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) with U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) delivering opening remarks. Also, educators participated in one-on-one meetings with their federal representatives. "Without teacher leadership, I would be stagnant and looking for something more in my career," Instructional Coach Angel Hardaway of Athens, Tennessee, told a packed room of education policymakers. "Now I am content working with teachers to help them grow, but I'm also ready for the next level."
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LA BOLD: Creating a Network of Coherence and Shared Goals

A diverse set of public school districts and charters across Louisiana participate in the LA BOLD Project, a partnership with NIET through a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant. Learn how they have created coherence across improvement initiatives, in-sourced professional learning, established multiple and interconnected leadership roles, and built networked communities to share lessons learned.
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Voices from the Field

Goshen Educators Go the Distance

Do you have teachers who want to take the leap into teacher leadership, but don't want to leave the classroom? The mentor teacher role may be just what they need. Lauren Moore of TAP Founder's Award Winner West Goshen Elementary School in Indiana describes her daily practices and why she finds leading from the middle so fulfilling.
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Just a mile south, Master Teacher Liz Martin of Goshen Middle School has sought out opportunities to amplify her voice, which have allowed her to meet Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, testify before the State House on teacher leadership and share her expertise with young teaching professionals.
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If You Build It, They Will Come: A Crown Jewel in Etowah City School

Etowah City School, a small rural campus in the hills of Tennessee serving 400 students in pre-K through eighth grade, struggled for years to improve. Four years after implementing the TAP System, Etowah achieved dramatic growth and earned buy-in from the faculty, school families and community at large. Teacher leadership, individual goal-setting and involving the community have put Etowah on a path to progress. "The mindset about this school is changing," says Superintendent Dr. Mike Frazier. "We are a place to be proud of."
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Spotlight on Training

Dr. Ann Shaw Breaks Down New Teacher Leadership Series

While an increasing number of districts have created teacher leadership roles, few have clearly defined the roles and expectations for a teacher leader or have put in place training and support to make teacher leaders effective. NIET has aimed to change that by developing a series of trainings to provide this support to teacher leaders and help districts take full advantage of the skills within their own ranks. Says Shaw, "We took what we learned from years of working with teacher leaders in TAP schools and are bringing it now outside that structure to any school that wants to engage teachers in leadership roles."

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