The NISL program is designed to meet each district’s needs. NISL’s cohort-based design can blend virtual and face-to-face sessions to reduce time out of school to provide flexible access to the learning and its application. Whether delivered in a blend of virtual and face-to-face sessions or entirely virtually, the content and learning of the NISL program is consistent. NCEE can also provide partners with the capacity to deliver the program internally utilizing local staff, allowing for scaling and sustaining the program across large districts or states.
NISL includes 12 units, divided into three courses, spread over approximately 12 to 15 months. NISL Units 1, 4, 8, and 12 can be delivered onsite, providing opportunities for face-to-face interaction between NCEE facilitators and participants. Face-to-face units are delivered in back-to-back days. Districts may choose to take advantage of all four face-to-face units, or opt for some or all of these face-to-face units to be delivered virtually. Virtual units are delivered in three four-hour sessions over consecutive days. The duration and pacing of virtual sessions can be tailored to district needs.
NISL utilizes Zoom for virtual sessions to allow for digital breakout sessions, chat functionality, digital “hand raising,” and sharing of digital resources.
A key component of NISL is action learning. Action learning allows participants to apply their learning through an interactive process involving the deep analysis of participants’ individualized contexts, setting clear visions, and working through a theory of action and related strategies. Action learning deepens participants’ understanding of the content and processes embedded in NISL and it affects positive change in their schools. Each participant receives targeted support from NCEE facilitators in smaller groups around common action learning themes. Action learning support typically begins in the last NISL units and continues for three to six months beyond the 12 NISL units.
Throughout the program, all participants benefit from access to the NCEE Portal, a proprietary digital tool that provides readings, videos, research, diagnostic tools, and network supports for participants.
Participants in cohort: Min: 25 Max: 32
Note: Contact NCEE to inquire about individuals joining national cohorts