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NIET in Focus 2019

NIET in Focus 2019 covers NIET's strengthened focus on school improvement, expanded higher education partnerships, the delivery of high-quality curricula, and evidence that lasting partnerships with NIET produce large-scale student achievement gains.

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TAP in Focus VIII

Take a look inside TAP in Focus VIII, carrying the theme of teacher leadership. Read an essay from Lowell Milken about building an effective structure for teacher leaders to be successful and a perspective from Ascension Parish's Latatia Johnson about attracting and retaining high-quality teachers in high-need schools. Also, learn experiences of sustaining innovations, the impact of Grow Your Own programs - such as LIFT in Texas - and the impact of NIET's initiatives over time. Bonus: All you need to know about NIET's Teach Factor campaign from NIET CEO Dr. Gary Stark and how you can participate.

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TAP in Focus VII

TAP in Focus VII features Lowell Milken's "Talented Teachers Lead the Way," Dr. Gary Stark's outlook on NIET's future in CEO's Corner, teacher preparation efforts in Texas, historic growth in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, the positive outcomes of NIET's grant projects as well as growth with the TAP System across the U.S., information on the new EE PASS online training portal, and five things you may not know about NIET.

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TAP in Focus VI

TAP in Focus VI features an essay by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken on the distinct difference that TAP educators make; the impact of the TAP System on Minnesota student Quentin Hardrict Jr.; the important role of teacher leaders and their connection to the classroom; the power of teacher leadership opportunities; a look at professional development in the Osborn School District (Arizona); the significant student achievement growth of TAP schools led by empowered leaders; testimony of Arizona teacher Lorialle Haynes on the lessons she has learned through ASU's teacher preparation program; details on the Teach Strong initiative to elevate the teaching profession; and highlights of TAP's recent research reports.

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TAP in Focus V

TAP in Focus V highlights an essay by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken on advancing the role of the teacher leader; a conversation with NIET President and CEO Dr. Gary Stark about recent developments of the TAP System and NIET, higher education partnerships and the future outlook; an editorial by the San Antonio Express-News on the progress of Somerset ISD (Texas) with the TAP System; the impact of the Teacher Incentive Fund on ensuring excellent teachers in schools; and ways that higher education institutions are partnering with NIET to better prepare educators for the classroom.


TAP in Focus IV

TAP in Focus IV covers the powerful impact of master teachers on schools and teachers' careers; a conversation with NIET President and CEO Dr. Gary Stark about NIET's growth and future outlook; new and expanded higher education partnerships with ASU and Texas Tech; new research results; a look inside Iowa's STEM efforts with TAP; TAP System Training Portal enhancements; and a Center for American Progress report on the sustained benefits of high-quality professional development.

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TAP in Focus III

TAP in Focus III showcases NIET's new districts in Tennessee, Minnesota and Iowa supported by the Teacher Incentive Fund; the inclusion of Ascension Parish Schools in a report by The Education Trust on ways to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in high-need schools; an Education Week Teacher feature on the TAP system's career paths; the TAP System Training Portal in Practice; and lessons learned from the Teacher Incentive Fund, compiled from a report written by author and researcher Jonathan Eckert.

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TAP in Focus II

TAP in Focus II highlights select TAP accomplishments and developments, including the TAP system's implementation of "job-embedded" professional development to lead to student growth, TAP's professional development in action at Trist Middle School in Louisiana to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning, TAP's expansion into Indiana—a bold statewide initiative supported by a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant, and the most up-to-date developments on NIET's innovative online tools—including the new tap Observer scripting app for the iPad.

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TAP in Focus I

TAP in Focus I highlights select TAP accomplishments, including TAP's expansion with Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants, the key characteristics of successful TAP schools, TAP's leadership in teacher evaluation and the creation of the TAP System Training Portal.