August 2014 NTI: Overview and Agenda

Commissioner presenting at NTI

Specifically for Focus & Priority Schools and Focus Districts

Network Team Institute Materials



August 5-8, 2014

We are excited to announce that we have been able to add an additional set of dates to conduct an August Network Team Institute.  This intensive institute will target the learning needs of school-based teams (principals, teachers, district leaders, and superintendents) from Focus and Priority Schools and Focus Districts.

The August Network Team Institute will be held August 5-8, 2014, at the Cultural Education Center and Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY; all registrants should plan to attend all four days of the institute due to the spiraled and progressive nature of the learning experiences.

Leadership teams who choose to participate will attend sessions focused on building their capacity to establish and maintain systems to support high quality, rigorous, and deeply aligned implementation of the Common Core.  The August NTI includes learning experiences that will undergird core concepts that are found in the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness rubric specifically Tenet 2, Leadership Practices and Decisions, Tenet 3, Curriculum Development and Support, and Tenet 4, Teacher Practices and Decisions. Participants will be better able to:

  • Target curriculum and instruction and observation/ feedback for teachers, principals, and other leaders in the school/district so that lesson planning and instruction are high quality, rigorous, and aligned to the Common Core. (SOP 2.5);
  • Implement their district/school’s curriculum strategy by deepening their understanding of ELA and Math instructional Shifts through the examination of curricular resources developed by NYSED (SOP 3.2 and 4.3);
  • Use a deepened content knowledge of the Common Core State Standards to build and clarify meaning of standards addressed in each grade band in both math and ELA (SOP 4.3);
  • Use a broadened knowledge of standards, paired with tools and resources, to diagnose and meet the needs of struggling learners (SOP 3.3, 4.2 and 4.3);
  • Make better decisions regarding pacing and prioritizing curriculum; and
  • Leverage tools and guidance regarding change management, strategic planning, and feedback for growth to support implementation of the Common Core.

 An overview of August NTI sessions can be found in the table below.



Tuesday, 8/5

Wednesday, 8/6

Thursday, 8/7

Friday, 8/9

Day Sessions

Common Core Content for Instructional Leadership: Math


  • K-5 Math
  • 6-12 Math

Common Core Content for Instructional Leadership: Math (continued)

Common Core Content for Instructional Leadership: ELA


  • K-2 ELA
  • 3-5 ELA
  • 6-8 ELA
  • 9-12 ELA

Common Core Content for Instructional Leadership: ELA (continued)


August 5
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Keynote
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: NYSED Session: Leading Change
10:45 AM – 5:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)

August 6 
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Keynote
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: NYSED Session: Balancing Rigor and Support
10:45 AM – 5:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch provided*)

August 7 
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening Keynote – David Liben: What Does it Take to Succeed in the Era of the Common Core?
10:45 AM – 3:50 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: NYSED Session: Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunities for English Language Learners: Overview of Regulations and Instructional Practices that lead to academic success for ELLs

August 8 
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Keynote
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: NYSED Session: Rhetoric to Reality
9:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Day Sessions (lunch provided*)
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch

Each Focus and Priority School may send a maximum number of three participants for the week. 

For each school team, must-have team members include:

  • the principal or other school based leader designated by the principal
  • a district representative who will be charged with leading professional development (multiple district representatives encouraged if multiple schools attend)

Additional members of the school team may include persons who serve in such roles as instructional coaches and lead teachers.

This is a first-come, first-serve registration process, so please register promptly to ensure your team can attend.

August NTI Registration will begin at 12:00 pm on July 1, 2014.  You will receive the registration link and access code via email shortly before this time.  To ensure registration of your team, you will need to forward this information to the representatives whom you have selected to attend.  Please follow up with them to ensure that they received the link and have registered correctly.  You may also contact the Network Team Institute office at 518-474-5520 or to check on individual registrations.  Registration will close at 3:00pm on July 14, 2014.

Four day participation is $156.

Registration fees are accepted by check only and must be received by July 30, 2014.

Please be advised that no federal grant funds can be used to pay for registration fees as it will be applied towards the cost of food which includes federal ARRA (Race to the Top) funds.

Hotel Accommodations:
NYSED will pay for double occupancy hotel accommodations in accordance with established per diem State rates. In order to be eligible, registrants must select a roommate who is registered for the August 2014 NTI and staying for the same nights.

Travel Reimbursement:
Network Team Institute participants may request reimbursement from NYSED for travel expenses.  To learn more, go here:


  • Materials for this Institute will be posted here as they are received from the Institute presenters. Participants are encouraged to download materials to a laptop computer or tablet prior to the training. Be aware that individual power sources are not available at this venue. Therefore, if participants have the option to choose between a laptop computer and a tablet, we highly recommend that they bring the device with the longer battery life. Additionally, please note that Wi-Fi access and cell phone service vary throughout the building.
  • Meals will not be paid for with Race to the Top funds.

Downloadable Resources

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