What started as a pep rally turned into one big announcement for DeSoto Parish Schools: The district earned the 2019 Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness from NIET, which comes with a $50,000 prize. Watch NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken deliver the news to excited educators, students, and local and state officials gathered at Mansfield Elementary School.
DeSoto's decade-long partnership with NIET has led to significant results. DeSoto has jumped from #45 to #12 in its state ranking, and has performed in the top 4% of school districts nationally in math and English language arts growth.
DeSoto's transformation demonstrates the power of high-quality teaching practices and how a commitment to excellent teaching focused on high expectations every day can overcome barriers. Student demographics and population have remained relatively unchanged over the past decade, with a majority of the 5,000 students classifying as economically disadvantaged. Now, faculty in DeSoto schools focus on developing a growth mindset for individual students and teachers alike, and they are continuously strengthening their commitment to effective instruction.