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NISD Rolls Out Neuhaus Professional Learning Thanks to T.L.L. Temple Foundation Grant
Posted 06 - 15 - 2017

Nacogdoches Independent School District (NISD) is a beneficiary of a grant to Neuhaus Education Center from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Grant in the amount of $124,000!

NISD District Literacy Specialist Jennifer Simmons presented information about the grant to NISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy and the NISD Board of Trustees during a special board meeting on June 8th.

To make the district literacy program more balanced with direct explicit phonics instruction, the district will be training its prekindergarten through third grade teachers with Neuhaus' professional learning for teaching the structure of language.

The Temple Foundation will pay for personnel for ALL training sessions, implementation walks, and data collection allowing NISD to only spend $22,064 for teacher and student materials.

"This is an amazing opportunity for our administrators, teachers and students thanks to the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Grant through Neuhaus," said Simmons.

The grant covers the following:

Certified Neuhaus Trainers for all training sessions - including their travel and expenses

District Leadership: Launching Literacy - district administrators, principals, curriculum coaches

Language and Literacy for Young Learners - prekindergarten teachers

Reading Readiness and Planning Evidence-Based Lessons - kindergarten teachers

Language Enrichment and Implementation Coaching - 1st - 3rd grade teachers

Teacher Refreshers for Reading Readiness and Language Enrichment - previously trained teachers

Neuhaus faculty will conduct Implementation Walks throughout the year to provide observations and feedback for our teachers and curriculum coaches

Neuhaus will gather data that will be reviewed by Neuhaus and a third-party evaluator to create a final report for the foundation and NISD

For more information, please contact Simmons at

About NISD

Established in 1903, Nacogdoches ISD offers Prekindergarten through 12th grade education to nearly 6,500 students on 10 campuses. We emphasize the importance of every child reaching his or her fullest potential. Our mission at Nacogdoches ISD is to educate and inspire everyone to achieve excellence.

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