The 2019 NEE User Conference will be Monday, September 16, at The Crossing Church in Columbia, MO.

Register Now for the 2019 NEE User Conference

NEE districts are invited to this unique sharing and learning opportunity featuring a keynote address by former University of Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden.

After the keynote address, one-hour breakout sessions will be the focus of the rest of the conference. These sessions will allow districts to present and share the exciting performance improvement strategies being used in NEE schools.

The cost of the conference is $80 per person, and a continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided. Payment is required at time of registration and multiple registrants can be completed on one purchase. To register with a check, complete the Registration Form and return it, along with payment, to the address provided. If you are unable to attend for any reason, you must cancel your registration by September 2, 2019, to receive a full refund. Email

NEE User Conference

Attendees provided positive feedback for our first annual NEE User Conference in 2018. 98% of survey respondents indicated they would be likely to attend the conference in 2019, and 100% of respondents said they would recommend the conference to a friend or colleague.

Here’s what attendees had to say:

“The sessions were very valuable, and we could put things into practice immediately.”

“Practical and realistic ideas that could immediately be taken back to my building.”

2019 NEE User Conference Schedule

Monday, September 16, at The Crossing in Columbia, MO

Download the 2019 NEE User Conference Schedule and Map.

Mike Alden
Mike Alden

8:15 a.m. Registration opens. Enter through southeast doors for registration. Breakfast and coffee available.

9:15 a.m. Keynote address by former MU Athletics Director Mike Alden

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Evaluating Coaching: Improve Your Most Powerful Job-Embedded Professional Learning Tool
    Dr. Jeanette Westfall, Ashley Duval, and Tara Harvey – Liberty Public Schools
    Instructional coaching is one of the most powerful job-embedded professional development options available to your teachers that your school district invests in yearly. Does your process for evaluating your coaches include the expectation for them to reach Guskey’s Level 5: Impact on Student Outcomes? This session will provide each participant a process and the time to create a plan to dig in to your own instructional coaching model; the opportunity to reflect on the alignment of your coaching model and the measures of student impact; and a template to create a plan of follow-up steps to evaluate your coaches to improve their level of impact on student learning and teacher clarity of instruction.
  • Putting the Pieces Together: Utilizing All NEE Components for a Well-Rounded Evaluation System
    Lauri Mead, Theresa Wilson, and Kathy Tackett – Carl Junction R-1 School District
    Having used NEE since 2013, Carl Junction has implemented all components of the NEE evaluation system: classroom observations, units of instruction (UOI), teacher professional development plans (TPDP), and student surveys. Come learn how these tools were implemented, including the successes and failures, and the effect NEE has had on teacher growth and efficacy. Participants will walk away with strategies for implementation of all four NEE components that can be easily adapted to your school setting.
  • Using EdHub to Improve Instruction
    Cathie Loesing – NEE
    Embedded in the NEE system, EdHub offers a wealth of professional development materials that can be used in your school building. Whether you are looking for support for an individual teacher, material to stimulate collaborative group discussions, or something for the whole faculty, EdHub can deliver. This session will walk participants through the different types of materials available and will provide ideas for selecting and using the activities to spur instructional change in your school.

11:30 a.m. Lunch (catered by Hy-Vee)

12:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Effective Technology Use in the Classroom: What to Look For and How to Support Teachers
    Jen Foster – eMINTS
    Technology is one of many tools that teachers are equipped with to support the learning needs of their students. As instructional designers, teachers must create authentic learning experiences that use digital tools and resources to maximize active and deep learning. In this interactive session, administrators will gain a deeper understanding of what effective, high-quality use of technology looks like in the classroom, and how to better support teachers in creating innovative technology-rich learning environments that are engaging and meaningful. 
  • Tools and Techniques for Feedback and Organization
    Jordan Dickey – Bronaugh R-VII
    In this session, participants will learn about tools and techniques we use to organize our walkthrough data and provide quality feedback to our teachers. As we move to a model of having two administrators observe teachers, I will share how we ensure all teachers are observed, how we ensure feedback and scoring is consistent across the districts, as well as the tools we use to make our jobs easier!
  • Easy Tips for Instructional Improvement
    Kurtis Jensen – NEE and Carole Garth – Columbia Public Schools
    Learn how to coach your teachers on easy ways to increase their classroom observation scores. This session will cover several single strategies that both increase scores and improve instruction within multiple indicators commonly used in NEE districts. In addition, this session will take a deeper look into two vitally significant NEE indicators: Indicator 4.1 (critical thinking) and Indicator 7.4 (formative assessment). Carole Garth, principal at New Haven Elementary in Columbia, will also share tips specific to physical education teachers.

2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • NEE Data Tool Q&A
    Erica Kassel – NEE
    Have you ever wondered how to do something in the NEE Data Tool? Come get all your questions answered from NEE Customer Support! In this session, we will demonstrate the different parts of the NEE Data Tool with special focus on the various reports and best practices for both the Principal and Teacher Summative Reports. If you have a question, we will answer it.
  • Not Only for Teachers: Using NEE for Specialist Evaluation
    Tom Hairston – NEE
    This session will focus on the specialist evaluation processes available within the Network for Educator Effectiveness. We will introduce and answer questions about the new Instructional Coach Evaluation process. We will address questions around the other specialist evaluation processes (counselor, librarian, speech-language pathologist). Finally, we will point people to resources within the Data Tool that can further simplify and clarify those evaluation processes.
  • Mission Possible: Turning NEE Best Practices Into Atomic Habits
    Kurtis Jensen and Cathie Loesing – NEE
    Setting goals as an instructional leader and evaluator of teachers is the easy part. Figuring out how to attack and accomplish your goals can seem impossible. We’ve studied the work of time-management experts and will share how their research can help you meet your NEE implementation goals this year. We’ll talk schedules, to-do lists, habits, and goals.

Download the 2019 NEE User Conference Schedule and Map.

Register Now for the NEE User Conference

To register with a check, complete the Registration Form and return it, along with payment, to the address provided.


Several hotels are conveniently located near The Crossing Church. Below is a map and contact information.

Hotel map for NEE conference
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia (at the University of Missouri)
    1225 Fellow’s Place Blvd.
    (573) 214-2222
  • Stoney Creek Hotel
    2601 S. Providence Road
    (573) 442-6400
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia University Area
    1402 Cinnamon Hill Lane
    (573) 442-8034
  • Courtyard by Marriott
    3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd.
    (573) 443-8000
  • Towne Place Suites by Marriott
    4400 Nocona Parkway
    (573) 817-0022

Register Now for the NEE User Conference

To register with a check, complete the Registration Form and return it, along with payment, to the address provided.