DeSoto Schools Surprised with $50,000 District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness from NIET

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DeSoto Schools Surprised with $50,000 District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness from NIET

DeSoto Parish Schools’ focus on educator excellence and student success was celebrated on November 12, when it received a $50,000 award from the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken and CEO Candice McQueen surprised DeSoto Superintendent Clay Corley with the District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness during an all-school assembly at Mansfield Elementary School.

This is only the second time NIET has given this award, which honors school districts that have focused on supporting excellent instruction and improving student performance. DeSoto was chosen for this award because of its decadelong commitment to investing in educators’ professional growth, fostering teacher leadership, and increasing student success.

“DeSoto Parish Schools is a model for the nation and an example of how a commitment to high-quality teaching can change the lives of students,” Milken said. “The district’s dedication to continuously strengthening teachers’ professional development has been sustained and deepened over time, with each leader over the past decade helping the district further its progress. I commend every teacher and leader in DeSoto for their hard work in making educator effectiveness the cornerstone of their efforts. It has resulted in meaningful improvement in student achievement.”

 

 

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