New Integrated Learning Organizer Helps Track Professional Learning
Several years ago, the Network for Educator Effectiveness integrated the EdHub Library into the NEE Data Tool. We were thrilled to offer our members direct access to the library with no need to log into a separate site or enter subscription tokens. At that time, there was no immediate replacement for the learning journal. Although we were willing to give up the journal to gain those advantages, we were eager to bring a journal feature back to EdHub.
This year, NEE is happy to introduce an integrated learning organizer to be used to process professional learning, analyze current instructional practices, set goals for the use of strategies, and reflect on progress. The organizer works much like the other NEE organizers with unique versions for classroom teachers and specialists. Each version is linked to that group’s standards and indicators. We are currently in our first stage with the learning organizer. In the months to come, we will add reporting features and a learning organizer for administrators.
Learning organizers are created by the teacher or specialist. The teacher (or specialist) clicks My Organizers on the left-side menu and selects the appropriate organizer type. Everyone who has the individual (or teacher) access level will have the option of using the Teacher Learning organizer. This organizer links to all of the NEE Standards and Indicators. If the user’s profile includes the position of Counselor, Library Media Specialist, Speech Language Pathologist, or Instructional Coach, they will also have the option of selecting that specialist learning organizer.
Clicking on Teacher Learning or Specialist Learning organizer on the left-side menu displays a list of the organizers already created by the educator. From this list, the existing organizers can be viewed or edited, and new ones can be created. When creating a learning organizer, the educator selects a Standard/Indicator as a tag and enters a title that will help distinguish among organizers when several have been created for the same indicator.
Each learning organizer provides three text boxes with prompts allowing the educator to:
- Summarize the important points from the learning activity
- Record a plan for using the suggested methods and strategies in the classroom
- Reflect on the experience, including any observed effects on student learning, the challenges encountered, and plans for any next steps to be taken
An additional component allows the teacher to report the amount of time (in hours) utilized in learning, planning, and implementation for that learning activity. When an educator finishes a learning organizer, a toggle switch can be clicked to indicate completion. Completed learning organizer notifications then appear on the principal’s NEE Data Tool Dashboard.
Administrators can enter comments for teachers on their learning organizers if desired. However, there is no approval process and no need to comment on all learning organizers that are completed. NEE suggests that administrators review and comment on organizers for teachers who are working on directed improvement goals, new teachers, specific learning activities, and others as time allows.
When the reporting features are ready for use, administrators will be able to track the amount of time spent on professional learning and the indicators addressed. Although the learning organizers are perfect for documenting work with EdHub modules, they can also be used for professional learning stemming from readings, webinars, peer observations, communities of practice work, or face-to-face PD events.
The Teacher Learning and Specialist Learning organizers provide a simple and effective way to document, process, and track professional learning for the whole faculty. Keeping it all under the roof of the NEE Data Tool makes it accessible to all stakeholders with no need to coordinate another site or storage location.
We hope you find the learning organizers meet your needs in processing professional learning. Give the learning organizers a try at your school and share your feedback with us on this new NEE component.
Learning Organizer Walkthrough (Recording)
Remote Learning Indicator Notes
Another recently released feature of the NEE Data Tool is Remote Learning (RL) Notes now available in the “What To Look For” section of Classroom Observation Reports for select indicators. When scoring a classroom observation, principals can click the “What To Look For” button within the report to expand descriptors for that indicator. At the bottom of the section, above the comment box, you will find notes for Remote Learning (RL) Environments for the following indicators:
- 1.2 – The teacher cognitively engages students in the content.
- 1.3 – The teacher uses disciplinary research and inquiry methodologies, and teaches the tools of inquiry used in the content area.
- 2.2 – The teacher sets and monitors student goals.
- 2.4 – The teacher promotes the emotional competence of students.
- 2.6 – The teacher incorporates students’ language, culture, family, and community.
- 3.1 – The teacher implements curriculum standards.
- 4.1 – The teacher uses instructional strategies that lead students to problem-solving and critical thinking.
- 5.1 – The teacher uses motivation strategies that affectively engage students.
- 5.3 – The teacher uses strategies that promote kindness and social competence among students in the classroom community.
- 5.3b – The teacher establishes secure teacher-student relationships.
- 6.1 – The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication.
- 6.4 – The teacher uses technology and media tools to communicate with students and parents when available and appropriate.
- 7.4 – The teacher monitors the effect of instruction on the whole class and individual learning.
- 7.5 – The teacher communicates student progress and maintains records.
If you need additional guidance or would like to offer feedback on these new NEE Data Tool features, please email email@example.com or call 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.