NIET Rubric Companion for Virtual Instruction
- NIET has developed a tool, the NIET Rubric Companion for Virtual Instruction, to describe what key instructional indicators should look like and sound like when planning and delivering virtual learning. The tool describes instructional practices for both asynchronous and synchronous learning, as well as additional considerations for synchronous learning. Read about the announcement in a blog from NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen.
- Watch a webinar by NIET Senior Program Specialist Jill Crain on how to incorporate models and examples in a virtual learning setting.
- 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.
- In a webinar, NIET Director of School Services Laura Roussel is joined by Louisiana master teachers to discuss what professional learning "cluster" sessions or professional learning communities can look and sound like in a virtual environment. They walk through how to pick the right technology, address teachers' most pressing needs, engage in follow-up and support, and establish norms.
- Watch NIET Senior Program Specialist Erin Foster outline concrete examples for teachers to provide high-quality feedback and deepen student learning.
- How can educators differentiate instruction in a remote learning environment? In a webinar, NIET Senior Program Specialist Shelia Banks walks through specific ways and examples in a webinar.
Planning Guide and Considerations for 2020-21 School Year
New Curriculum Report: Connecting What to Teach to How to Teach It
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.
Free Classroom Lesson Videos for Teacher Preparation
- NIET has released four videos of full-length classroom lessons that will help support the preparation of teachers, no matter where they are in their development. These videos, which demonstrate what high-quality classroom instruction can look like in a variety of different settings and grade levels, can help candidates reflect on their instructional practice and contribute to their overall growth.
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 CEO Dr. Candice McQueen offers tips and strategies for balancing working remotely and managing kids' schooling. Fellow educator-moms Louisiana Assistant Superintendent Jessica Baghian and 2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Cicely Woodard also share advice. Watch Jessica's video Q&A here and Cicely's conversation here.
Strategies and Ideas for Administrators
- On NIET's blog, learn nine strategies for how to communicate clearly and effectively during a time of crisis. From the post, watch a webinar by NIET Executive-in-Residence Randy Speck and hear from DeSoto Parish Schools (LA) Superintendent Clay Corley about how he provides clarity, consistency, and comfort to his community.
- NIET Senior Executive-in-Residence and former Superintendent Dr. Patrice Pujol takes to NIET's blog to tackle the challenge of building out effective structures and systems that support principals and instructional leadership teams in a remote learning environment. Read her practical tips for administrators and district leaders.
- NIET Executive-in-Residence and former Superintendent Julee Broscoff provides tips and strategies district leaders can use to help school communities finish the year strong. Read her recommendations.
- NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen lays out five steps to take right now to prepare for the 2020-21 school year, given that there is currently a strong likelihood for remote learning and social distancing to be at play once schools re-open.
- On May 4, NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen participated in a live panel discussion titled "A blueprint for back to school: How should schools prepare?" Watch the webinar and read the full report.
- On May 7, NIET hosted a live panel discussion, "What's Next: Leading Now and Looking Ahead," that joined school and district leaders to share reflections on this year and preparations for 2020-21. Featured leaders were NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen, Jefferson Parish Schools (Louisiana) Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley, Somerset ISD (Texas) Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa, and Wildflower Accelerated Academy (Arizona) Principal Dr. Araceli Montoya. Watch the webinar.
- New in NIET's Superintendent Series, Superintendent Bobby Cox of Warren County, Tennessee, discusses strategies for planning for rural remote learning. Then, Superintendent Cox and CEO Dr. Candice McQueen engage in a conversation about preparing for next year. Watch their conversation, courtesy of Warren County Schools.