2021 National Summer Institute

Jul 14 - Jul 15, 2021


NIET's 2021 National Summer Institute, "Shifting to Student Ownership," was held virtually July 14-15. The conference offered sessions broken up over two days and opportunities for educators to gather with their school and district teams to plan for the 2021-22 school year. 

This year's summer institute addressed the most pressing needs across the country and helped educators accelerate into the year ahead. Approximately 500 educators had the opportunity to collaborate with NIET specialists and each other around instructional practices that maximized student ownership. 

Read the Feature: A Preview of the 2021 National Summer Institute.
Watch the Video and Read the Blog: Students Speak Out on Owning their Learning.
Watch the Video and Read the Blog: How to Reverse the Trajectory of Pandemic Learning Losses: Support Great Instruction

General Sessions

NIET hosted two general sessions this year. In an opening panel on day one, students shared their perspectives on what student ownership looks like to them.

On day two, NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen, Dr. Eric Hanushek, and Dr. Holly Boffy participated in a discussion on the current education landscape, teacher effectiveness, and the potential impact of deepening instruction to foster student ownership.

Dr. Hanushek is an economist who has written prolifically on public policy with a special emphasis on the economics of education and is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Dr. Boffy is an educator and member of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Training Sessions

National Summer Institute sessions provided in-depth professional learning for school leadership teams to bridge from prior year learning as well as build deeper knowledge and instructional expertise.

Each session enhanced understanding of critical structures that lead to improved instruction and student achievement growth. Participants leave with practical learning from best practices in the field that they can implement immediately in their own schools and classrooms.


NIET has created several resources to help educators and leaders prepare for the 2021-22 year and support them year-around. The resources serve as powerful companion tools for the upcoming NIET trainings.