The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching held its 16th Annual National TAP Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, March 18 - Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
The National TAP Conference is a dynamic gathering of practitioners, policymakers, federal, state and district administrators, organizations, foundations and businesses who play a key role in the implementation of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement across the country.
The conference is a powerful venue, both for those new to and experienced in TAP, to learn more about TAP in practice and its role on the national pulse of advancing educator effectiveness.
Attendees experienced a range of opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of TAP's systems of teacher leadership, professional development, educator evaluation and performance-based compensation, as well as network with other TAP participants.
In addition to practitioner-focused breakout sessions, trainings and hands-on workshops, the TAP conference featured a national plenary panel, moderated by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken, to connect TAP's proven principles to critical issues facing America's K-12 system today.
Southport Elementary School in Perry Township Schools, Indiana, won the prestigious TAP Founder's Award. The Indianapolis school's student achievement levels have soared even while experiencing significantly increased numbers of English Language Learners (ELLs) and high poverty rates. The award includes a $50,000 prize to be used toward continuing to improve classroom teaching and student success.
John White was named Louisiana State Superintendent of Education in January of 2012. That year, White launched Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track for college or a professional career.
Kristan Van Hook
Patricia Tate is passionate about teaching and learning, especially when it comes to the children she has served for more than 25 years in the Osborn School District.
Roberto Roberto Rodríguez
Roberto J. Rodríguez serves in the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for Education. Rodríguez coordinates the Administration's education policy initiatives from early learning through college and career training.
Venitia Richardson leads the Teacher Quality Programs (TQP) division in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Innovation and Improvement. As Director of the TQP division office, Richardson oversees several discretionary grant programs that include Race to the Top-District, the Teacher Incentive Fund, School Leadership and Supporting Effective Educator Development.
Dr. Scott Ridley
Dr. Scott Ridley has served as the Dean of the College of Education at Texas Tech University since the summer of 2011. Since that time the College has engaged in significant reform including the evolution of all academic programs to a competency-based orientation.
Dr. Patrice Pujol
Dr. Patrice Pujol, who has recently joined National Institute for Excellence in Teaching as president of services and partnerships, is the former superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools in Louisiana.
Dr. Tanee Hudgens
As senior research associate for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Tanée Hudgens supports all aspects of the organization’s research activities.
Nadya Nadya Chinoy Dabby
Nadya Chinoy Dabby is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, overseeing over 25 grant programs.
Norm Norm Conard
Norman Conard is a third-generation educator who taught for over 30 years, during which time he developed non-traditional teaching methods that extend the boundaries of the classroom.