CELL brings TAP to high-need Indiana schools


UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning and the state Department of Education are partnering to implement “TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement” through a $48-million Teacher Incentive Fund grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education.

The five-year grant brings the nationally renowned TAP professional development system to 44 high-need schools across the state and aims to enhance teacher quality to increase student achievement. The Indiana Department of Education selected CELL to implement TAP because of its record of innovative education reform initiatives.

“Partnering with CELL for this initiative makes perfect sense,” said Tony Bennett, Indiana superintendent of Public Instruction. “CELL is dedicated to preparing all students for success and is respected as a leading catalyst for dynamic 21st-century reform in Indiana schools.”

TAP works to attract, develop, motivate, and retain high-quality teachers so that all students, especially those in high-need schools, have access to exceptional learning opportunities. TAP uses a four-pronged, comprehensive model for teachers’ professional growth and accountability:

—Multiple career paths:
opportunities for teachers to assume advanced roles and responsibilities with commensurate pay.

—Ongoing applied professional growth:
job-embedded professional development focused on both teacher and student needs.

—Instructionally focused accountability:
meaningful evaluations based on clearly defined, research-based standards to improve teaching practices.

—Performance-based compensation:
salaries and bonuses tied to teacher roles, responsibilities, instructional performance, and student learning gains.

Teachers vote to TAP

Indiana’s 44 TAP schools, representing traditional elementary, middle, and high schools as well as public charters, will launch the initiative during the 2011–12 school year. Each school self-selected to adopt the program after receiving a certified teaching staff vote exceeding 75 percent in favor of implementing TAP. CELL supports TAP schools through onsite staff support, ongoing training, and constant collaboration through the new Indiana TAP Network.

Indiana joins 200,000 students and 20,000 teachers in 500 schools across 17 states in implementing TAP. The system is expanding nationally, as data show TAP schools significantly outperform traditional schools in student academic growth. More than 1,500 teachers across Indiana will benefit from this professional development system. Visit cell.uindy.edu/TAP for more information.