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December 04, 2018

NIET News: Fall 2018

 
 
Fall 2018: Voices from the Field
Perry Township, Indiana, celebrates NIET's first-ever National Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness. 
 

Elevating Teacher Voice

NIET Educators to Policymakers: 5 Keys to Closing the Achievement Gap

NIET Educators to Policymakers: 5 Keys to Closing the Achievement Gap

NIET educators and school leaders from Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee had a message for policymakers in an October visit to Capitol Hill: To close the achievement gap, adopt a common language around good instruction, create a structure for collaborative learning, use trained instructionally focused teacher leaders, place teacher leaders on school leadership teams, and emphasize the importance of district leadership.
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Partner Spotlights: Indiana

Surprise! Perry Township Earns $50,000 NIET Award for Educator Effectiveness

Surprise! Perry Township Earns $50,000 NIET Award for Educator Effectiveness

When NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken traveled to Perry Township Schools, Indiana, to present the district with  NIET's first-ever National Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness, no one had a clue that the recognization came with a $50,000 cash prize. "I'm not very often at a loss of words, but that pretty much did it right there," said Superintendent Pat Mapes. "NIET has empowered our educators to give their very best and be a catalyst for students to do their best."  
Learn why.

School Improvement Solutions: An Inside Look at West Goshen Elementary

School Improvement Solutions: An Inside Look at West Goshen Elementary

Due to steady increases in Hispanic enrollment brought on by sizable demographic shifts in Elkhart County—the RV capital of the worldWest Goshen Elementary had to take a holistic approach to educating English Learners. Creating a school-based structure of teacher leaders and adopting a common language for classroom observations and feedback readied teachers and students for their new journey. 
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NIET Insights
How Do You Align Classroom Instruction to High Expectactions?

How Do You Align Classroom Instruction to High Expectactions?

At a recent leadership conference, Tennessee Education Commissioner Dr. Candice McQueen shared a central finding about successful schools in her state: What happens in the classroom every day is the absolute most important part of what happens in education. Connecting classroom instruction to ambitious expectations is a critical goal of NIET's school improvement solutions. To get there, Tennessee-based NIET Senior Program Specialist Natalie Szakacs offers four common themes that should be present in every plan: collaborative learning, reflective culture, collective leadership, and high expectations with high levels of support.   
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Extending the Legacy of Texas Tech Ed Dean Scott Ridley 

Extending the Legacy of Texas Tech Ed Dean Scott Ridley

The education community lost a trailblazing legend with the passing of Texas Tech College of Education Dean Dr. Scott Ridley. Ridley was more than a partner to NIET: He was a visionary with the courage and persistence to revolutionize teacher preparation. As Lowell Milken says, "Let Dr. Ridley's memory be a clarion call to extend his legacy by strengthening community relationships, aligning teacher preparation coursework to school district needs and providing future teachers with the academic and career support they need to meet the expectations of the classroom.
Read Lowell Milken's commentary in The 74.