Northwest ISD (NISD) is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and attracts more than 1,400 new students each year. NISD spans 234 square miles and serves 14 communities in parts of three counties. The district operates three comprehensive high schools, an accelerated high school, six middle schools, 19 elementary schools, a special programs center and a community based youth residential program.

Supporting Our New Teachers

NISD strives to provide the highest quality support and professional learning for our educators. Below you will find a list of state and district required trainings. Please read through those requirements and reach out to your campus administrator if you have questions. Click on the appropriate tab for detailed information pertaining to your specific teaching area.

New-to NISD-Training Requirements and Dates

NISD provides three days of teacher support for new teachers prior to all teachers returning for the beginning of the year. Additionally, our ENGAGE conference is open to all new-to-NISD teachers as well as returning teachers. Refer to the ENGAGE website for more information. We are excited about offering premier professional development to our employees. Please see the orientation schedule (below) for all new-to-NISD teachers.


T-TESS APPRAISAL SYSTEM | Teachers that are new to teaching, new to Texas or have not been appraised under the T-TESS system are required to attend our T-TESS Orientation.

T-TESS Training Dates

  • June 24, 2020
  • July 20, 2020
  • August 7, 2020

THINKING MAPS | All teachers in NISD attend a Thinking Maps training within their first year. We offer this training three times during the summer for new teachers to attend. Thinking Maps are embedded in our curriculum, so it is important for teachers to be familiar with the maps.

Thinking Maps Training Dates

  • June 25, 2020
  • July 23, 2020
  • August 10, 2020

Teachers that have already completed Thinking Maps and T-TESS trainings may receive credit by turning in your certificate to your campus principal. All of these trainings take place at the NISD Administration Building. Refer to Edugence for start and end times. (Information is below for registering using Edugence.) Please register in Edugence (linked in title) for the session you plan on attending.

Friday, August 7 & Monday August 10 are not required work days.


All teachers report to their home campus on Tuesday, August 11th at 8:30 unless directed by campus administration to report at a different time.


Every year NISD hosts the very best Professional Learning Conference! This is not a requirement of our new teachers, but they often want to come! Click on either the picture or title to access the Engage website!

The ENGAGE Institute offers over 150 learning sessions for teachers and administrators to choose from to meet their individual learning needs. The sessions are taught by outside experts in the field of education, NISD administrators, and our teachers covering every core content area as well as electives.

The ENGAGE Summer Professional Learning Institute will be held at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas.

Registering for Professional Learning

NISD believes in providing premiere professional learning opportunities. The Professional Learning Framework outlines the various opportunities that support educators in all four domains of the T-TESS. This allows educators to choose sessions that best fit their professional goals.

At NISD, we use a program called Edugence to schedule and track our professional learning. Here is a video that explains how to register for sessions in Edugence.