Center on System Leadership

NISL Applied Plus

Upon completion of the NISL program, NISL Applied Plus online courses provide participants targeted opportunities to deepen their learning in the critical topics covered by NISL and to apply the learning in their schools.

NISL Applied Plus consists of a suite of targeted five- to eight-week online courses. Each course is led by NCEE facilitators who provide tailored support. The focus on applied learning transforms knowledge to practice and provides continuous improvement for school leaders and the schools they lead.

Why it Works

NISL Applied Plus prepares school leaders to be effective agents of change with a shared belief in building a collaborative and professional culture for leaders, teachers and students, thus allowing for improvement and growth for all within schools and districts. It provides the opportunity to solidify learning with practice and performance, promotes interactive learning, and offers training in real-world topics that can have an immediate impact on the work school leaders do every day.

Using the NCEE Portal, NISL Applied Plus participants access the NISL curriculum, research on effective schools and school systems, and diagnostic tools to help with school redesign efforts. The NCEE Portal also supports collaboration and peer-to-peer support, including conferencing for interactive engagement during the implementation assistance and easy connection with cohort members and the wider NCEE community.

Courses are being developed under three topic areas aligned with the NISL Wheel: High-Performance Organization and Management (HPOM), High-Quality Aligned Instructional Systems (AIS), and High-Quality Teachers and Teaching (HQTT). Participants may build their expertise within and across these core areas.

Successful completion of the NISL 2013 or 2016 version is required prior to enrollment. To succeed, participants require working knowledge of the following topics for the courses:

Collaborative Structures and Mentoring Induction:

  • Nine Building Blocks
  • NISL Wheel
  • Beyond PD
  • Behavior of Mutual Learning

High-Quality Teachers and Teaching and Formative Assessment:

  • Nine Building Blocks
  • NISL Wheel
  • How People Learn

Completion of NISL 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.

Course List

Collaborative Structures for Professional Learning
Analyze high-performing education systems to better understand how job-embedded, continuing professional learning can be the primary driver for improved teaching and learning. Exploration of research, discussion and tasks are designed to support the following: getting input and buy-in from key stakeholders (internal and external) on models for collaboration; using tools and resources from the NISL program to help identify areas of discrepancy; building consensus with the school’s leadership team; and identifying leadership actions and opportunities to create an environment in which teachers see themselves as professionals.

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.

Mentoring and Induction for New Teachers
Create a shared, coherent vision among your Leadership Team for how you will prepare and retain high-quality teachers as part of an overall talent development strategy. Analyze the practices of high-performing systems according to specific structures, processes and leadership actions that undergird effective teacher induction. Use diagnostics to evaluate the strengths, opportunities and potential shifts in priorities for improving your current induction program. Build consensus among leaders and faculty on how to apply the induction research and determine next steps in support of improved teaching and higher student achievement.

Formative Assessment for Instruction
Learn to better leverage a common language around formative assessment to engage in research-based discussions with faculty and leadership teams. Analyze the extent to which formative assessment is being used effectively to inform instruction in classrooms. Determine how to support teachers in their professional learning and application of assessment.

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