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Sustain and deepen the learning and application of the NISL program through targeted Applied Plus courses

The NISL program is the leading support for school leaders in the country. Research has shown that students in schools led by NISL graduates outperform their peers on state tests, and that these gains are even more significant in schools that implement NISL practices more deeply. NISL graduates have found the NISL program experience to be a unique opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills, deepen their understanding of the latest research, and benefit from a community of their peers.

Now districts and NISL graduates can continue to deepen and apply their learning with Applied Plus—a suite of targeted five- to eight-week online courses that build on NISL concepts. Each Applied Plus course is led by certified NCEE facilitators that provide tailored support as participants apply the learning. The focus on applied learning transforms knowledge to practice and ensures positive impact in schools. Applied Plus provides continuous improvement for school leaders and the schools they lead.

How Applied Plus Works

District

Submit the names of participants interested each course (available courses are listed below) to the NCEE State Director. See our enrollment brochure for more information.

Participants

Read the latest research, analyze case studies, hear from experts, and utilize diagnostics that help tailor solutions to the local context

Engage with peers in facilitated, online discourse, share progress, and receive feedback

Create and implement action learning plans to take the learning deeper

Plan next steps for both implementation and individual professional learning

See our enrollment brochure for more information.

Course List

All courses require approximately 4-8 hours of coursework per week. No sessions will be conducted the week of Labor Day (September 1-7, 2021).

Collaborative Structures for Professional Learning 
Analyze high-performing education systems to learn how job-embedded, continuing professional learning can be the primary driver for improved teaching and learning. Learn how to: get input and buy-in from key stakeholders; use NISL tools and resources to identify areas of discrepancy; build consensus with the school’s leadership team; and identify actions to create an environment in which teachers see themselves as professionals.

This six-week course is available as follows:
Jul 28 – Sep 14, 2021
Oct 6 – Nov 16, 2021
Jan 12 – Feb 22, 2022
Apr 6 – May 17, 2022

Formative Assessment for Instruction

Leverage a common language around formative assessment to engage in research-based discussions with faculty and leadership teams. Analyze how formative assessment is being used effectively to inform instruction in classrooms. Determine how to support teachers in their professional learning and application of assessment.

This six-week course is available as follows:
Jul 28 – Sep 21, 2021
Oct 6 – Nov 23, 2021
Jan 12 – Mar 1, 2022
Apr 6 – May 24, 2022

High-Quality Teachers and Teaching

Deeply explore the components of a complete system of ongoing teacher preparation—from recruitment and preparation to induction and continuing professional learning. Study the latest research on high-quality teaching, with a focus on “How People Learn” and its implications for instructional practice. Examine how a system of continuing professional learning for teachers supports high-quality teaching and identify the elements of a successful system of professional learning.

This six-week course is available as follows:
Jul 28 – Sep 14, 2021
Oct 6 – Nov 16, 2021
Jan 12 – Feb 22, 2022
Apr 6 – May 17, 2022

Mentoring and Induction for New Teachers

Create a shared vision among a leadership team for preparing and retaining high-quality teachers as part of an overall talent development strategy. Analyze high-performing systems’ practices according to specific structures, processes and leadership actions that undergird effective teacher induction. Evaluate the strengths, opportunities, and potential shifts in priorities for improving a current induction program. Build consensus on how to apply the induction research and determine next steps.

This six-week course is available as follows:
Jul 28 – Sep 14, 2021
Oct 6 – Nov 16, 2021
Jan 12 – Feb 22, 2022
Apr 6 – May 17, 2022

Prerequisites and CEUs

Successful completion of NISL 2013, 2016, or 2019 is required prior to enrollment. Completion of Applied Plus courses can be used toward CEUs in some states. NCEE will work with districts to apply for CEU approval if not currently available.