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2016 TAP Conference Overview

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching held its 16th Annual National TAP Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, March 18 - Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. 

The National TAP Conference is a dynamic gathering of practitioners, policymakers, federal, state and district administrators, organizations, foundations and businesses who play a key role in the implementation of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement across the country.

The conference is a powerful venue, both for those new to and experienced in TAP, to learn more about TAP in practice and its role on the national pulse of advancing educator effectiveness.

Attendees experienced a range of opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of TAP's systems of teacher leadership, professional development, educator evaluation and performance-based compensation, as well as network with other TAP participants.

In addition to practitioner-focused breakout sessions, trainings and hands-on workshops, the TAP conference featured a national plenary panel, moderated by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken, to connect TAP's proven principles to critical issues facing America's K-12 system today. 

Southport Elementary School in Perry Township Schools, Indiana, won the prestigious TAP Founder's Award. The Indianapolis school's student achievement levels have soared even while experiencing significantly increased numbers of English Language Learners (ELLs) and high poverty rates. The award includes a $50,000 prize to be used toward continuing to improve classroom teaching and student success.

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