NEW ORLEANS: Lowell Milken, chairman of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and founder of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, announced that G.W. Carver Primary School in Ascension Parish is the 2017 recipient of the TAP Founder's Award. NIET's highest honor, the award is presented annually to one school for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement, resulting in improvements in student achievement, among other goals. It comes with a $50,000 cash prize.
The national award's six finalists, including Carver and Alice M. Harte Charter School in New Orleans, were honored March 24 at the 2017 National TAP Conference in New Orleans. Each finalist received $10,000 then, and the winner was announced today during the event's keynote luncheon. More than 1,000 educators, policymakers, researchers and other influential leaders were in attendance. Carver Principal Latatia Johnson accepted the award on the school's behalf.
The TAP System is America's leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that aligns teacher leadership, daily job-embedded professional development, educator evaluation and support, and opportunities for performance-based compensation. Introduced in 1999, the TAP System supports schools, districts, universities and states to advance educator effectiveness and student learning.
Through TAP, Carver has been able to attract and retain effective teachers as well as train them to critically analyze data and pinpoint areas of need. As a result, the school has raised its letter grade and is exceeding student growth targets.
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