Back to School Resources for Administrators, Teachers, and Mentors
Ah, the beginning of the school year. There’s no time of year quite like this.
We know you have a lot on your plate. While we don’t want to add even more to your list, we do want to remind you of the resources available to help you check off some of those important to-do items and provide support to teachers and mentors.
The Network for Educator Effectiveness has a wide range of resources available through EdHub that will help you get the school year started strong.
Whether you’re looking for resources to complete state-required dyslexia training or wanting to brush up on educator evaluation best practices before the year starts, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of resources available to NEE administrators and teachers that will come in handy as you head back to school.
Back to School Resources for Administrators
Best Practices for the Network for Educator Effectiveness
It might have been a couple of months since you completed NEE training, so if you’re looking to brush up on best practices for NEE implementation and processes, check out the Best Practices module under the “Educational Leadership” topic in EdHub. In addition to providing background context for how and why NEE works, this module discusses the practices, attributes, and strategies that will ensure NEE’s long-term success in your district or building. When implemented with fidelity, NEE is a powerful system that encourages educator growth and school improvement. This module will help refresh your understanding of and skills related to NEE’s evaluation processes and how to get the most out of it.
Additionally, if you want to refresh your scoring skills since training, there are “Indicator Scoring Practice Videos” and “Indicator Video Exemplars” available to you. These videos are great for administrative teams to watch and discuss together to improve inter-rater reliability in your building and district. You can find these videos under their respective topics in EdHub.
PD Quick Activities
Do you need a quick activity to open up a faculty meeting or work day? We have several ideas for you in our PD Quick module under the “Educational Leadership” topic. A couple of activities are particularly great for the start of the school year:
- The First Five Days. This activity uses education author Alan November’s “The First Five Days” project, which invited educators to share their ideas on how to make the first week the best it can be. In this activity, educators review the findings of November’s project, then break into small-group discussions on how they might incorporate some of his ideas. Specifically, educators think about how to develop and ask the right questions that allow students to take control of their learning. This activity is #7 in the PD Quick module.
- What is your Everest? Each year, teachers and students set out to achieve a specific set of learning goals, which author Dave Stuart Jr. likens to climbing Mt. Everest. Stuart says it’s easy to become distracted by the myriad goals and to lose sight of the mountain altogether. In this recently added PD Quick activity, teachers review Stuart’s ideas and then focus in on “defining Everest,” or the big-picture skills and knowledge students gain in their classroom. This activity gives teachers clear, focused goals to start the year. It is #9 in the PD Quick module.
Administrator Guidelines for Beginning Teacher Support
The state of Missouri has several requirements for new teachers, and there are additional recommendations we make for how you can best support new teachers through the NEE process. This module provides you with a convenient list of those items and gives you the opportunity to present a certificate of completion to new teachers after they complete the EdHub Beginning Teacher Assistance Module. The Administrator Guidelines are at the top of the EdHub page under “Getting Started.”
Register for the NEE User Conference
Before the hustle and bustle of the school year takes over, make sure you get registered for the 2019 NEE User Conference, which is coming up September 16 in Columbia. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from and share with other NEE administrators about the performance improvement strategies being used in NEE districts. This is our second year for the conference, and we had excellent feedback from participants last year. The conference is fast-approaching and will be here before you know it, so get this one on your calendar and register now.
Managing NEE for Your District
If the person in charge of managing NEE accounts in your district wants to learn more about the NEE Data Tool, let them know there’s a new EdHub module available that will show them how to navigate our online system. The module covers adding/updating/removing NEE accounts, providing answers to district employees about the workings of the NEE Data Tool, utilizing reports to facilitate the evaluation process, and understanding what to do when problems arise. The module is under the “NEE Training Materials” topic.
Back to School Resources for Teachers
NEE Beginning Teacher Support
There are so many helpful resources in this module for new teachers – and for administrators to support new teachers. The module covers the topics prescribed for beginning teachers by the state of Missouri, including: classroom management, cognitive engagement, formative assessment, professional communications, and the rights and responsibilities of educators. In total, the module takes six to eight hours to complete, but teachers can complete these topics at their own pace and break them up if desired. Teachers complete journal entries for each topic to support their learning.
Teachers and administrators alike will benefit from the Additional Resources section of the Beginning Teacher Support module, as there are helpful videos that introduce some of the most important NEE indicators. NEE Principal Mykie Nash commented on Twitter recently that she planned to use these videos for her entire staff in August. (Important note: There’s a password needed to access these videos, and it’s noted in the paragraph above the links.)
You can find this module at the top of the EdHub page under “Getting Started.”
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the state of Missouri required teachers to complete two hours of annual training on dyslexia. NEE created a module in EdHub that fulfills the requirement. Although districts in Nebraska are not required to complete dyslexia training, they might find it helpful to review the dyslexia material available.
The dyslexia training takes two hours to complete, though teachers can complete the module and tasks at their own pace. Journal entries associated with each task provide evidence that the training has been completed. The Dyslexia and Learning module is at the top of the EdHub page under “Bookmarks.”
Introduction to NEE and EdHub for Teachers
When new teachers join your school who have not used the NEE system, it can be difficult to provide them with a complete and concise introduction to NEE. The “Getting Started with NEE” module provides the background information, history, and rationale of NEE for teachers. Teachers can complete this module to get a good overview of NEE, though we also recommend administrators discuss the specifics of implementation in their building: Which indicators are being measured? Which components is your school using? Make sure teachers know what to expect in the evaluation process. The “Getting Started with EdHub” module similarly provides an overview of our online professional learning library to help educators locate and use the materials they need. Each of these modules are available at the top of the EdHub page under “Getting Started.”
Back to School Resources for Mentors
The state of Missouri requires mentors to be assigned to beginning teachers and that beginning teachers are given adequate time to meet with and learn from their mentors. (To review the specifics of the mentoring requirements, see the Administrator Guidelines for Beginning Teacher Support available in EdHub.)
The Mentoring module in EdHub provides support for mentors by describing the characteristics of an effective mentor, identifying the standards that guide the components of a mentoring program, identifying best practices for mentoring a new teacher, and planning a post-observation conference. Within the module, there are also links to additional resources, such as the NEE Guide to Effective Feedback Conversations. These resources are all helpful, especially for new mentors to become familiar with the process.
The Mentoring module is at the top of the EdHub page under “Bookmarks.”
Tap into these Resources to Save Time
We know we just threw a lot at you, but these resources will ultimately save you time. We’ve put these modules together so you can easily access and present this information as needed. And as always, if there’s anything we can do to support you in your implementation of NEE, please let us know. Contact the NEE field support personnel in your region – we’re here to help!
Thank you for being part of the Network for Educator Effectiveness. We look forward to working with you in 2019-20 to help educators grow, students learn, and schools improve. Have a GREAT start to the school year!
The Network for Educator Effectiveness (NEE) is a simple yet powerful comprehensive system for educator evaluation that helps educators grow, students learn, and schools improve. Developed by preK-12 practitioners and experts at the University of Missouri, NEE brings together classroom observation, student feedback, teacher curriculum planning, and professional development as measures of effectiveness in a secure online portal designed to promote educator growth and development.