The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching hosted the 11th National TAP Conference in Los Angeles on March 11-13, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The National TAP Conference is a dynamic gathering of TAP practitioners, policymakers and members of districts, states, organizations, foundations and businesses involved with TAP implementation across the country. The Conference is a powerful venue, both for those new to and experienced in TAP, to learn more about TAP in practice and its role on the national pulse of innovative education reform.
Attendees enjoyed a range of opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of TAP's elements of success, and network with other TAP participants. In addition to practitioner-focused breakout sessions, trainings and hands-on workshops, the TAP Conference included national plenary panels tying TAP's proven reforms to critical issues facing America's K-12 system today.
As surprise announcements, Lowell Milken presented the 2011 TAP Founder's Award and TAP Recognition Awards. Ben Milam Elementary School in Texas received the 2011 TAP Founder's Award, which comes with a financial prize of $50,000.
Visit the Conference Photos section for a one-stop-shop of key event photos, from plenary panels and TAP in Action sessions to all Award slideshows.
We look forward to next year's National TAP Conference, where we will maximize our efforts to ensure teacher excellence, student achievement, and opportunities for all. Check back on the TAP website for updates.
Erik Hanushek, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"The evaluation of TAP schools clearly shows that teachers in the program are significantly better than the average teacher in regular public schools. More TAP teachers are above average in terms of student achievement gains. Fewer are far below. This finding is very notable given the importance of teachers to student achievement."