2021 NIET Conference

2021 NIET Conference

The NIET National Conference has been postponed to March 26-27, 2021, and will be held at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave. NW) in Washington, D.C. Registration fees paid this spring will be applied to next year's conference. Please reach out to accounting@niet.org if you have any questions or would like to receive a refund.

Additionally, while we will not host an in-person summer institute this June 2020, we are excited to announce that we will host a virtual summer institute training series this summer. Stay tuned for more information around dates, topics, and registration later in May.


The NIET National Conference is a dynamic gathering of educators, policymakers, federal, state and district officials, organizations, foundations and businesses from across the country that play an essential role in the implementation of NIET's initiatives. NIET focuses on five key areas to build educator excellence and give all students the opportunity for success: school improvement solutions, teacher and leader development, the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement, rubric and observation systems, principal support, and educator preparation.  

The conference is a prime platform for new and longstanding partners to gain a greater understanding of NIET's initiatives both in practice and as proven solutions to address the most pressing issues facing today's American K-12 landscape. Educator-driven breakout sessions, interactive trainings and workshops, and networking forums provide participants with powerful tools to strengthen their implementations.

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 Lowell  Milken

Lowell Milken

Lowell Milken's lifelong commitment to strengthening K–12 education has led to some of the country's most innovative means to dramatically advance educator effectiveness.
Dr. Joshua  Barnett

Dr. Joshua Barnett

Dr. Joshua Barnett is president and chief operating officer for NIET, responsible for the organization's partnerships and services. Barnett also serves as the principal investigator for NIET's federal projects.
Dr. Patrice  Pujol

Dr. Patrice Pujol

Dr. Patrice Pujol serves as chief strategy officer of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). In this role, she is responsible for the advancement of NIET's strategic plan and business development activities.
 Kristan  Van Hook

Kristan Van Hook

As chief policy officer at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), Kristan Van Hook develops and implements strategies to build support for NIET's education initiatives, with a focus on increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness.