Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation, Retention, & Research (NIEPRR)


NIEEPRR is committed to the intentional recruitment, meaningful engagement, and long-term retention of Nevada educators through community-focused and research-informed approaches to education.

  • Community-embedded, culturally-relevant educational experiences for pre- and in-service educators
  • Research to strengthen and move Nevada education forward
  • Processes that enable open access to information for all educators and education leaders
  • Meaningful stewardship of state funds toward sustainable praxis

Interested in becoming a nieprr fellow?

We are currently accepting applications to award 45 Fellowships across our partner institutions, that means each institution will accept 15 current students enrolled in Nevada State College School of Education, UNLV College of Education, or University of Nevada, Reno College of Education teacher preparation programs.

NIEPRR Program Components

A project funded by the Nevada Department of Education, NIEPRR engages in a multifocal approach to educator preparation and retention centered on enhanced preparation of pre-service and in-service teachers through programming, research, and knowledge dissemination.

Educational Engagement Pathways (EEPs)

To extend programming Fellows are concurrently receiving in traditional teacher preparation programs, NIEPRR faculty and staff have cultivated experiences designed to engage Fellows in developing agency and advocacy in education. Fellows engage with critical topics in meaningful ways and work directly to serve marginalized populations to build their ability and sense of self as educators while engaging in next practice approaches that move Nevada forward.

Community Engagement Pathways (CEPs)

Underscoring the importance of preparing educators to engage in their local communities in meaningful ways, Fellows engage in service learning with community partners centered in a “with” not “for” mindset. Fellows connect with students and families in the community in consequential ways by sharing their interests and experience, learning the backgrounds of the children and families they serve, and honing their craft as effective and engaged educators.

Educators LEAD Professional Development

Offered twice per semester, Fellows and other in-service educators are invited to engage with education researchers, thought leaders, and activists to build and strengthen their framework as educators. Through small breakout groups and larger keynote addresses, pre-service and practicing educators are given a platform to have powerful discussions that impact their teaching practice and broaden their perspective in the pursuit of students’ educational and personal growth.


Offered in partnership with local education organizations and NDE grant-funded projects, NIEPRR expands current microcredentialing opportunities to support educators in Title I settings across Nevada. These courses provide educators with evidence-based information and strategies that help them be successful and impactful in their classrooms and in the lives of the children and families they serve.


NIEPRR supports pre-service and in-service educators who are committed to understanding and better meeting the unique needs of Nevada’s educational system — educators dedicated to moving Nevada forward through culturally responsive educational practice and a next practices mindset. NIEPRR provides Fellows with mentoring and support as well as financial contributions toward educational expenses.


Underscoring our institutions’ commitments to contributing meaningful scholarship to the fields of teacher preparation and retention, NIEPRR provides a significant amount of funding for research mini grants. Funded projects undertake meaningful collaboration with community organizations in order to enhance equity, inclusion, and engagement of historically resilient but marginalized groups.

NIEPRR Fellowships

Are you interested in supplementing your teacher education program with professional development, local community service, and educational engagement opportunities?

What do I gain through a NIEPRR Fellowship?
  • Four $3,500 stipends and one $2,500 stipend
  • Engage with Fellows from across partner institutions, UNLV, Nevada State College and the University of Nevada Reno
  • Access to professional development opportunities that put allow you to engage face-to-face with the nation’s top educational thought leaders
  • Complete 20 hours of direct leadership training around policy development in the State of Nevada that propels meaningful and sustainable change for children and families
  • Participate in 10 hours of service learning opportunities that connect you with unique perspectives and community resources
  • Currently enrolled in a Licensure Pathway Undergraduate Program (i.e. Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, Special Education)
  • Have at least four semesters left until graduation
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Ability to attend mandatory program activities on Saturdays
Ready to Apply?

Applications due April 21

Hold availability for your fellowship interview

To be scheduled during the week of April 25