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Teacher evaluation is one of the many challenges school leaders are facing in their continued response to COVID-19. How should school leaders evaluate teaching in an uncertain environment, and what does effective teaching look like in remote learning settings?

To answer these questions, the Network for Educator Effectiveness (NEE) is providing recommendations, resources, and templates to help school leaders evaluate effective teaching in remote learning environments.

In Adaptability and Growth: Evaluating Effective Teaching in Remote Learning Environments, NEE provides:

  • Recommendations for evaluating teacher effectiveness in remote learning environments.
  • A list of indicators that highlight best teaching practices in remote settings.
  • The Remote Learning Evidence Log, a customizable Google Form that provides a way for a teacher to document the implementation of effective teaching practices in remote learning environments.
  • The Remote Learning Lesson Planning Template, which provides guidance for both teachers and evaluators on how to develop best-practice lesson plans for remote instruction.
  • The Lesson Model for Effective Remote Learning, which was developed in alignment with the Remote Learning Lesson Planning Template and can be utilized by educators as guidance for planning and constructing remote learning experiences.
  • Recommendations for conducting evaluations in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Insights into how key components of NEE continue to support the growth of all educators.

You can download the full guide on the Evaluating Remote Learning page. (Note: NEE member schools can also access these materials on the NEE Data Tool Help and Resources Menu by searching “remote learning.” NEE’s Classroom Observation rubrics and remote learning indicator notes are only available in the NEE Data Tool for member schools. Updates have been made to the Classroom Observation rubrics to include remote learning notes for 14 indicators.)

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Read our recent blog posts for additional ideas and strategies that can help provide clarity, engagement, and motivation during uncertain times:

If you have questions, please contact NEE Customer Support at nee@missouri.edu or 844-793-4357.


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.