Posted on April 13th, 2018 in Featured, News

Indianapolis, IN— (April 16, 2018) –The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) named Corrie Callahan, master teacher in Perry Township Schools in Indianapolis, as a Teach Factor Fellow for the recently launched Teach Factor initiative. This initiative illuminates the stories of effective teachers, principals and superintendents to reveal scalable solutions for teacher leadership – a factor pivotal to the profession and student achievement.

“As a teacher leader, I’ve seen how the educators in Perry Township have come together to make plans to help each other and the students in our township reach success,” said Callahan, who works at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. “I am so excited to draw upon my own experience and continue that collaboration with other teachers to make experiences like mine the standard in schools across the nation.”

Callahan first began working in Perry Township Schools in 2004 as a career teacher before becoming a teacher leader as a mentor and finally a master teacher. Since implementing formal teacher leader roles in partnership with NIET, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School faculty members have come together as a team to address educational challenges and form a coherent vision of student success. As one of two TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement schools in Perry Township, Abraham Lincoln’s best practices have been leveraged throughout the district.

Through The Teach Factor, NIET is working with educators like Callahan across the nation to define the most effective models of teacher leadership and develop a formal structure that schools, districts and states can implement to maximize the impact of teacher leaders.

Teach Factor Fellows will participate in panels and roundtable discussions and share their stories of success in teacher leadership as well as their trusted resources at and on NIET’s social channels. They will share proven methods that have led to increased student achievement and promote these methods as best practices. Fellows also encourage other educators to share their stories on the site or via social media using #TeachFactor. Stories collected will be used to develop additional resources to benefit teacher leaders.

“We’re proud to have educators like Corrie Callahan as Teach Factor Fellows,” said NIET Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer Patrice Pujol. “Their success advancing teacher leader roles and impacting achievement in schools like those in Perry Township embodies The Teach Factor and serves as an example all schools, districts and states can follow.”

More information and resources, including videos from 12 Teach Factor Fellows like Callahan, are available by following @NIETteach on social media and at

This news release was created thanks to a collaboration with NIET.