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NISL’s Leadership Institutes provide intensive leadership training focused on critical issues.

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NISL’s Leadership Institutes provide intensive leadership training focused on critical issues.

College and Career Readiness Institute (CCR)

NISL’s College and Career Readiness Institute (CCR) provides school leaders with the assessments, curriculum, and professional development needed to prepare all students for college- and career-readiness. The CCR is designed for school leadership teams consisting of principals, vice-principals, and content experts. The institute provides a deep understanding of curriculum and assessment and equips participants with a research-based framework to support their implementation of rigorous standards. By the conclusion of the CCR, participants:

  • Identify a critical area of instructional focus for their school’s context,
  • Create a plan for collecting additional information on instruction and assessment,
  • Apply a reflection tool to better understand specific content areas, and
  • Develop a strategy to target a selected area of focus that will engage their staff in a collaborative effort to strengthen instructional practices and improve learning outcomes.

English Language Learners Institute

This 3-day institute helps school leaders understand the latest research on language acquisition, conduct gap analyses of programs for English language learners (ELLs) in their schools and develop action plans based on the needs of their student population. It also includes an Action Learning Project to deepen understanding through hands-on research and reflection.

Instructional Coaching Institute (ICI)

NISL believes that school leaders need to develop coaching skills to better support their instructional staff. The EDP includes coverage of the NISL coaching model and provides opportunities to practice. For instructional coaches that don’t participate in the EDP or for EDP participants that want to delve deeper into the topic, the ICI provides a deep dive into the skills necessary to guide instructional staff through an inquiry-based and performance-centered process to help them attain and sustain high levels of performance.

  • Day One has participants focus on how coaching links educational best practices to the day-to-day experience of instructional leadership. Participants explore the five core coaching skills: listening, questioning, observing, giving and receiving feedback, and reflecting.
  • Day Two focuses on the two personas of coaching – facilitative and instructional – along with four facilitative questioning stems (paraphrasing, clarifying, forwarding, and visioning) and two instructional coaching questioning stems (reframing and directing).
  • Day Three teaches participants how to frame a coaching conversation to increase student achievement, acquiring strategies to overcome resistance, and applying and practicing coaching skills.

The first two days of the ICI are delivered consecutively and a 4-12 week break for application is recommended before concluding with the third day. The ICI can also be delivered under the Train-the-Trainer model, allowing for scaling and sustaining the coaching program at low cost.

Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Institute

NISL’s Parent, Family and Community Engagement Institute strengthens school leaders’ capacity to engage and leverage these stakeholders to support student success. NISL’s two-day Parent, Family and Community Engagement Institute provides school leaders with a strong foundational understanding of the field, research-based strategies for success and a tailored plan for implementing changes when they return to their schools.

Students with Disabilities Institute (SWD)

This 3-day institute gives school leaders the knowledge they need to develop and implement a school-wide action plan that puts students with disabilities on a solid path toward proficiency and student lives. School leaders learn to:

  • Evaluate the school or district ability to support a complete and inclusive program for students with disabilities,
  • Assess benefits and risks of different approaches to instruction and inclusion,
  • Understand the legal foundations of special education programs and the rationales for regulations placed on schools, and
  • Develop an action plan for improving instruction that can be implemented immediately.

This institute includes an Action Learning Project to deepen understanding through hands-on research and reflection. At the conclusion of the institute, participants create an action plan detailing how they will increase instructional coaching capacity within their schools.

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