Photo of sand on beach with scrabble tiles spelling summer. Text over the picture says #NEETurns10: 10 NEE Things to Do This Summer

Summer ushers in a much-deserved break for educators. With students out of the building, school leaders can take a breath and ease into a slower pace of planning and preparation for next school year. When it comes to your school’s implementation of the Network for Educator Effectiveness, here are 10 things to do over the summer.

  1. School leaders who will evaluate teachers in 2022-2023 must complete NEE training. Learn more about the NEE training options for Summer 2022, and get registered on the NEE Events Calendar. Training should be complete before the end of the summer, or your access to the NEE Data Tool will be shut off in September.
  2. Missouri school districts should complete Screen 18a for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education June Core Data Cycle. A step-by-step resource can be found on the Help and Resources menu (NEE Data Tool – Screen 18a login required to access).
  3. On July 7, the school year will rollover to 2022-2023 in the NEE Data Tool. Although the rollover generally takes just a few hours to complete, we recommend you take the day off from the Data Tool on this day as we transition the system to next school year. As a general rule, no new data should be entered on the day of the school year rollover.

Update your People List in the NEE Data Tool

  1. Complete teacher summative reports for all educators who will not return to your school in the fall. This will close their data cycle before you assign them to the end employment building (see next steps).
  2. Option 1 (recommended if your school has many staffing changes): Use the import people process to update your people list in the NEE Data Tool, removing former staff and adding new staff to your people list. With this process, you will download your existing people list into a spreadsheet file, make your changes in the spreadsheet, and then import the new file that contains your staffing changes. A step-by-step resource can be found on the Help and Resources menu (NEE Data Tool – Import People Processlogin required to access).
  3. Option 2 (recommended if your school has minimal staffing changes): Manually update your people list in the NEE Data Tool. First, assign employees to the “end employment” building if they will not be returning to your school in the fall. The end employment process removes the person from your people list but retains access to their evaluation records. You may also choose to rehire someone who has been assigned to the end employment building. A step-by-step resource on this process can be found on the Help and Resources menu (NEE Data Tool – End Employment and Rehirelogin required to access). Second, add new employees to your people list. From the top of the People menu, click the gold Add Person button, add the relevant information, and click Save.

Complete Setup by Logging into the Data Tool

  1. After your people list is updated, send each new employee instructions to access their NEE Data Tool account. They should go to the Data Tool login page, enter their email address, and the temporary password provided during setup. They will be prompted to change their password the first time they login.
  2. Sometime after July 7 and before the start of the school year, all administrators and teachers should login to the Data Tool and follow the prompt to update and validate their profile information. After the profile information has been validated, each person’s Data Tool setup is considered complete for the year.

Planning and Preparation for Next School Year

  1. Districts that are new to NEE should contact the NEE Help Desk or connect with your NEE field representative to schedule an on-site teacher orientation session for August. Returning NEE districts should plan to have new teachers complete the Introduction to NEE module in the EdHub professional learning library, available under the NEE Training topic. These activities will set the stage for how NEE works and give teachers a general idea of what to expect.
  2. Plan the specifics around your school’s NEE implementation, and communicate those expectations to teachers and administrators. Contact NEE for help with planning, if desired. Consider the following:

    — Which NEE indicators will principals measure and provide feedback on in classroom observations? NEE recommends schools select three to five indicators. Give teachers a copy of the rubrics that are selected.

    — How many classroom observations should principals plan to complete for each teacher? Communicate expectations with principals and teachers. Principals should set their implementation goals on the NEE Data Tool dashboard.

    — Besides classroom observations, will your school include additional NEE teacher evaluation measures, such as the NEE Student Survey, unit of instruction plan, or teacher professional development plan? Review NEE’s monthly implementation calendar to understand the timeline for each measure and communicate expectations to principals and teachers.

    — Will your school utilize NEE’s specialist evaluation resources and tools? In addition to teacher evaluation, NEE offers unique evaluation modules for principals, instructional coaches, librarians, counselors, speech language pathologists, and paraprofessionals. Communicate with these specialists about expectations for their evaluation process.

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.