Texas

Photo: Slaton Independent School District, Texas

State Highlights

  • Supports districts as a technical assistance provider under major state teacher initiatives—including the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA), Mentor Program Allotment (MPA), and Texas Resilient Schools Support Program (RSSP).
  • Partnered in the development of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), which is based on the NIET Teaching and Learning Standards rubric.
  • Partners with Texas Tech University and other institutions of higher education in the state to improve the preparation of new teachers and school leaders and strengthen partnerships with school districts.
  • In 2021, NIET and four Texas districts were awarded a three-year, $12 million grant from the federal Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program to partner with the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness and improve teaching and learning in 19 high-need schools.  

NIET’s support focuses on building capacity among teachers and leaders, and our partnerships with school districts are resulting in significant and sustained improvement in teaching and learning.


Supporting districts through state improvement initiatives

In 2020, NIET was selected by the Texas Education Agency as an approved provider for the Teacher Incentive Allotment, Texas Mentor Teacher Program, and Texas Resilient Schools Support Program.

Under the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA), NIET delivers a wide spectrum of coaching and training to help districts as they design TIA plans and work with them every step of the way – from the creation of local designation systems, to teacher observation and appraisal, data analysis, compensation, change management and communication. NIET also supports districts in developing teacher leadership and professional learning systems.

NIET’s work with partners on the Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) is based on a proven track record in developing teacher leaders. NIET’s mentor training builds skills and knowledge across a range of topics such as understanding and building trust with adult learners, using data to improve teaching, providing high-quality feedback, and creating continuous cycles of improvement. School and district leaders participate in training prior to the start of the school year in order to build a common understanding of the work of mentors and the goals of the program.

NIET also partners with districts through the Texas Resilient Schools Support Program (RSSP), ensuring that leadership support and coaching is focused on providing high-quality instruction and coaching to students and teachers.


Aligning teacher and principal preparation programs

Starting with Texas Tech University and expanding to other institutions across the state, NIET works with teacher and principal preparation programs, and the high-need districts they serve, to strengthen partnerships and create a pipeline of better prepared new teachers and leaders who are ready to be successful.

NIET Teaching and Learning Standards (aligned to T-TESS) are embedded in coursework and clinical field experiences. Teacher candidates complete their residencies in high-need schools, enabling these schools to better identify and hire successful candidates.