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National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
Summer learning is a research-based strategy shown to help prevent summer learning loss and support students who may be below grade level to grow before the next school year. Summer learning is also appropriate for all students to accelerate learning. This strategy is particularly important in the summer of 2021 as states, districts, and schools…
Descriptors: Summer Schools, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Communication
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
Schools in rural communities face many challenges in retaining effective teachers, many of which are beyond school leaders' control: need for educators to serve multiple roles, lower teacher salaries, and large percentages of students from low-income backgrounds. However, cultivating a school culture where teachers are supported to be effective…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Rural Schools, Barriers, Teacher Persistence
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
This study examines the impact of a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant award that expanded a partnership between Cross County School District and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to create systems that support ongoing, continuous improvement for teachers. Through the implementation of the TAP System for Teacher and…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Rural Schools, Barriers, Teacher Persistence
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
A recent synthesis of research from the last two decades confirms that principals can have a significant impact on student learning outcomes, accelerating annual student learning by more than two months. Effective principals focus on high-leverage instructional activities, build a productive culture and climate, facilitate collaboration and…
Descriptors: Principals, Supervisors, Administrator Effectiveness, Capacity Building
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
While school closures resulting from the pandemic in spring 2020 created challenges for every school district, districts serving predominantly rural communities faced even greater obstacles. Lack of access to broadband internet connectivity in rural and remote areas complicated many students' efforts to participate in remote learning. In addition,…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Rural Schools, School Districts
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
In 2019, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) was awarded a grant through the federal Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program to expand and sustain work to support teachers and improve students' academic success in three Indiana school districts. TSL grants support districts' human capital management systems, specifically…
Descriptors: Grants, Program Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
High rates of teacher turnover and persistent student achievement gaps are ongoing challenges for many Indiana schools. State and district leaders have responded with a range of initiatives and policies to strengthen teaching and learning and to increase student access to effective teachers. One of the most promising is the development of teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Acceleration (Education), Teacher Improvement, Federal Aid
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
The Marian Promise combined residency and induction program supports the effectiveness and retention of new teachers in Indiana's Perry Township Schools, MSD of Decatur Township, and Beech Grove City Schools. It does so by integrating the use of research-based teaching standards in coursework and clinical practice, selecting high-quality mentor…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, School Districts, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Education
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
Teacher mentorship programs, where new teachers are paired with veterans, are a research-based practice, but they often lack clarity and can turn into more of a "buddy system" than a true learning opportunity. In this new report, Why New Teacher Mentoring Falls Short, and How to Fix It, NIET shares research and experience that point to…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Program Implementation
Hudgens, Tanée M.; Logis, Handrea A.; Leutscher, Trevor; Barnett, Joshua H. – National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2020
As NIET enters its 20th year, research continues to point to the effectiveness of NIET's support and the positive impact of investing in human capital. The Winter 2020 Research Summary captures both NIET's key long-term impact, shares promising results highlighting that the TAP System [The System for Teacher and Student Advancement] sustains…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Scoring Rubrics
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2020
Research confirms what effective educators and policymakers know from practice: The implementation of a "high-quality" curriculum, aligned to rigorous state standards, leads to notable student learning gains. Yet less than half of teachers report they are using curricula that are "high-quality and well aligned to learning…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Curriculum Implementation, Curriculum Development, Barriers
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2020
A coalition of districts and schools serving high-need students in Louisiana are partnering with the nonprofit National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to increase equitable access to effective educators for students in high-poverty schools. Through a five-year 2016 federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant, called the LA BOLD (Building On…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Equal Education, Disadvantaged Schools, Grants
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2020
The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) -- in partnership with the Texas Tech University (TTU) College of Education and 12 high-need school districts in Texas and Louisiana -- sought to change principal preparation to produce highly effective administrators to lead high-need schools. The result of the partnership was the…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Competency Based Education, Program Effectiveness
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2019
Every year we invest billions in professional development to build teachers' capacity to better address the diverse academic needs of every student. Yet student learning continues to fall short of expectations in too many places. We must ask the question: Is there a better way to invest in the professional learning of teachers across America? Our…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development, Educational Change, Instructional Effectiveness
Barnett, Joshua H.; Hudgens, Tanée M.; Logis, Handrea A. – National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2018
The TAP System stands out because of its more than two-decade-long track record of growth and success in improving educator effectiveness and raising student achievement in high-need schools. This summary includes a recap of some of the most important results that have emerged from the research to date and highlights newer studies documenting…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Teacher Recruitment
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