Center on System Leadership

The NISL Program: University Partners

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NCEE partners with states, districts and higher education institutions to help administrators get advanced credit or degrees for the NISL program.

Universities Waive Credit Towards Doctorate

NCEE partners with universities that waive credits required for doctoral degrees—making those degrees much faster to attain and more affordable for NISL graduates. Accrediting agencies require that the program be delivered with NCEE faculty utilizing our direct delivery or hybrid train-the-trainer models.

NCEE works with states and districts that prefer to have in-state university partners grant or waive credits toward advanced degrees or certification. A listing of all current NCEE university partnerships can be downloaded here.

State Universities Deliver NISL

University professors who are NISL facilitators may deliver NISL and award credentials, a model that the state of Minnesota used with the University of Minnesota. In Mississippi, NCEE maintains a relationship with the University of Mississippi and provides training to nearby districts.

States Grant Advanced Certification for NISL Graduates

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires novice principals to complete the Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders (PIL) program to receive their Level II Certification. At the core of the PIL program is the NISL curriculum, delivered by Pennsylvania Intermediate Units and other partners at eight regional sites. NCEE has also worked with other states and districts to assure that NISL participants receive professional learning units or credit towards locally-required professional development.

Most leadership coaching is a proxy for mentoring, in that it is informal, unfocused and limited in rigor and scope. The NISL coaching model is different—a researched-based coaching methodology that provides school leaders with the knowledge and tools necessary to build strong, effective coaching relationships with their staff, and to drive improvements in instruction across classrooms. An entire unit of NISL focuses on equipping participating school leaders with a research-based coaching model that allows them to go beyond teacher evaluation to truly improve the instructional practice of teachers.

Questions? Next Steps?

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Supports for EDP Graduates

NISL Applied Plus

NISL Applied PlusExplore the concepts from the NISL program in greater depth with an emphasis on application. Learn more…

Teaching for Effective Learning

NISL Applied PlusExtend NISL’s approach to learning to the classroom through the direct development of teachers. Learn more…

Supports for Districts

High-Performance DistrictsDrive organizational and operational change at the superintendent level or in district leadership teams. Learn more…

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