Inside the Classrooms of 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalists

February 10, 2021

2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, Indiana; Meeting Individual Student Needs
Perry Township Schools Congratulates Douglas MacArthur on NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Michael Anderson School, Arizona; Educator Collaboration
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: North DeSoto High School; Reaching High Expectations
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Prairie View Elementary School, Indiana; Building Teacher-Student Relationships
2021 NIET Founder's Award  Finalist: Prairie View Elementary School, Indiana: Classroom Engagement
Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope Congratulates Prairie View Elementary on 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor
Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope and Prairie View Principal Donna Wiktorowski Celebrate 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, Indiana; Meeting Individual Student Needs
Perry Township Schools Congratulates Douglas MacArthur on NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Michael Anderson School, Arizona; Educator Collaboration
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: North DeSoto High School; Reaching High Expectations
2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Prairie View Elementary School, Indiana; Building Teacher-Student Relationships
2021 NIET Founder's Award  Finalist: Prairie View Elementary School, Indiana: Classroom Engagement
Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope Congratulates Prairie View Elementary on 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor
Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope and Prairie View Principal Donna Wiktorowski Celebrate 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor
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2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, Indiana; Meeting Individual Student Needs

Principal Star Hardimon credits the support of the district – led by Superintendent Patrick W. Mapes – and the school for helping her lead Douglas MacArthur to an A state rating through developing her teachers as learners, challenging their thinking, continuously analyzing data, and getting results.

Read the full story: Douglas MacArthur Elementary in Perry Township Is Named NIET Founder's Award Finalist, Earns $10,000.

Photo courtesy of Perry Township Schools

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

Perry Township Schools Congratulates Douglas MacArthur on NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor

It's time to celebrate! Perry Township Schools Superintendent Patrick W. Mapes (center), Assistant Superintendent for Foundational Learning Vickie Carpenter (far right), and Director of English Learners and Professional Development Whitney Wilkowski (second from right) join Douglas MacArthur Elementary Principal Star Hardimon and Assistant Principal Kyle Scaringe to congratulate the whole school on its selection as an NIET Founder's Award finalist and its accompanying $10,000 prize.

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Michael Anderson School, Arizona; Educator Collaboration

Michael Anderson School's partnership with NIET has led to growth in teachers' skills and gains in student achievement: The percentages of students testing proficient in English language arts and math have more than doubled, and the school's state rating has jumped from a C to a high B.

Read the full story: Michael Anderson School in Avondale Earns $10,000 as NIET Founder's Award Finalist

Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson School

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: North DeSoto High School; Reaching High Expectations

Through reflective professional learning guided by expert teachers, support and follow-up in classrooms, and pre- and post-conferences with individual teachers, Principal Tammie Phillips and her team are working to maintain North DeSoto High School's A state rating and take their practice to the next level.

Read the full story: North DeSoto High School Receives $10,000 as NIET Founder's Award Finalist.

Photo courtesy of North DeSoto High School

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Prairie View Elementary School, Indiana; Building Teacher-Student Relationships

At Goshen's Prairie View Elementary, students are meeting and exceeding proficiency targets at higher percentages than state averages because all teachers are consistently supported, valued, and committed to excellent instruction.

Read the full story: Goshen's Prairie View Elementary Receives $10,000 as NIET Founder's Award Finalist.

Photo courtesy of Prairie View Elementary School

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist: Prairie View Elementary School, Indiana: Classroom Engagement

Inside a Prairie View Elementary School classroom, Goshen Community Schools, Indiana

Photo courtesy of Prairie View Elementary School

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope Congratulates Prairie View Elementary on 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor

Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope congratulates Prairie View Elementary School Principal Donna Wiktorowski (left) and her team on their selection as a finalist for the 2021 Founder's Award. The school has received $10,000 and is under consideration for the grand prize of $50,000.

The celebration was attended by district administrators, school board members, and local officials including Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and State Indiana Representative Joanna King.  

"We congratulate the staff at Prairie View, and the students; they are also working hard every day to learn more, and to dream bigger dreams," said Hope. "Our staff provides the opportunities for their students to grow into their best selves, and that is why we are here today celebrating."

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope and Prairie View Principal Donna Wiktorowski Celebrate 2021 NIET Founder's Award Finalist Honor

Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hope visits Prairie View Elementary to congratulate Principal Donna Wiktorowski and her team on their selection as a finalist for the 2021 NIET Founder's Award.

The celebration was attended by district administrators, school board members, and local officials including Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and State Indiana Representative Joanna King.  

"As administrators, we are all delighted that Prairie View is being honored by NIET," said Hope. "The staff has embraced and implemented the tenets of NIET into their daily schedules, and it has proven to support teachers and improve student achievement."

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."