Professional Learning, Strategies, and Ideas for Educators

Professional Learning

Free NIET Learning Modules

  • Impactful Instructional Practices: Students Co-Constructing Success Criteria: Empowering Student Ownership of Learning. Teachers will learn how success criteria support student mastery and obtain ideas for co-constructing success criteria in daily lessons. In addition to video examples, the module provides tips for how to coach others and help students set expectations for success. NIET Senior Program Specialist Lindsey Parker developed a webinar to break down the concepts and demonstrate the practices with sample lessons.

  • Teacher Leadership: NIET Strategy Learning Module Series: Micro-Teaching. Teachers will receive a breakdown of the micro-teaching process: plan a short lesson, teach it to colleagues or a small group of students, then reflect on their teaching afterward. 

  • Impactful Instructional Practices: The Rubric Is Holistic: Make Them SQuiRM! Educators will be able to connect instructional content, questioning, academic feedback, thinking, and expectations. They will examine the NIET rubric through the thinking approaches of structuring, questioning, responding, and modeling − all to help students build on concepts they have started learning in the classroom.

  • Impactful Instructional Practices: The Rubric Is Holistic: Impact of Thinking & Problem Solving on Student Engagement. Teachers will continue learning the benefits of a cohesive rubric by expanding through the indicators of motivating students, activities and materials, thinking, problem-solving, and student work. By the end of the module, teachers will be able to articulate how this holistic view impacts planning, delivery, and assessment of a lesson, and adjust as needed – skills essential to working in a virtual setting. 

Strategies and Ideas for Teachers

  • NIET's blog − Can you make learning away from you as effective as learning with you? − outlines critical decisions and key strategies to make the most out of remote learning. The piece addresses a wide range of issues to consider when transitioning to remote learning, including structuring lesson plans during school closures; establishing communication protocols among schools, educators, and families; scaffolding instructional support; and addressing issues relating to educational equity.

  • On the NIET blog, Senior Program Specialist Shelia Banks offers tips and advice for supporting students with disabilities. These strategies are designed to help teachers mitigate any learning regression, encourage academic growth, and, most importantly, create the routines and procedures that promote comfort and reassurance. 

  • NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen highlights to do's for today's virtual learning that teachers can seamlessly incorporate into their daily lessons. Some are to keep it simple; create a daily structure; articulate your purpose and demonstrate what success looks like; and show your personality, grace, and provide help.

  • NIET Senior Program Specialist Lindsey Parker developed a webinar to walk through practical tools and strategies to strengthen daily lessons using success criteria. Success criteria keep students engaged, motivated, and challenged in both traditional and remote learning environments.

Strategies and Ideas for Administrators