2021 NEE Recertification Training sessions get under way in less than a month, and the NEE team is deeply focused on building the best training experience for evaluators who will take part. As we get closer to the first training beginning May 1, we want to share more details about what you can expect for NEE Recertification Training this summer.

NEE’s Recertification Training is required annually for evaluators who have previously completed NEE’s in-depth New Evaluator Training. If you are a returning NEE evaluator and you have not yet done so, please register for a NEE Recertification Training session on the NEE Events Calendar page.

Continuing to Focus on Feedback

2021 NEE Recertification Training will continue to focus on the feedback that evaluators provide to teachers after a classroom observation. We will be introducing new ways to think about feedback, how to select the type of feedback you will offer to a teacher based on your observations, and how the type of feedback you select impacts decisions you make as you are planning the feedback conference and ongoing support.

Two Options for NEE Recertification Training in 2021

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Because of the ongoing uncertainties of Covid-19, all trainings will be conducted online for Summer 2021, but new this year, there are two options to compete NEE Recertification Training: group training and on-demand training. Both types of training will include the same content; however, the group training option will include a live discussion component that the on-demand option will lack.

Group NEE Recertification Training

What to Expect Before Your Training (2 hours): Before the training, evaluators will complete a two-hour pre-training activity. You will receive information about the pre-training activity in the days before your training. During the pre-training activity, we will introduce new feedback material and you will have the opportunity to practice to gain understanding.

What to Expect During Your Live Training (2 hours): When you schedule your two-hour training, you are scheduling a live discussion component that will be held on Zoom. During the live training, you will have the opportunity to build upon what you learned during the pre-training activity with additional practice guided by the NEE staff. You will also have the opportunity for discussion with other NEE evaluators. As you schedule your training, pay attention to the breakout rooms that will be available for each session. All sessions will include breakout rooms for elementary evaluators, secondary evaluators, and evaluators completing their first or second years. Some sessions will include breakout rooms for special education directors, early childhood directors, CTE directors, and district administrators.

What to Expect After Your Training (1 hour): After the training, administrators will complete a qualifying exam that should take about an hour.

On-Demand NEE Recertification Training

What to Expect Before Your Training: Plan to complete your training within the month for which you register. You can schedule on-demand training on May 1, June 1, and July 1. You will receive a link to the training and associated materials by the first day of the month, and you will have the full month to complete the training and qualifying exam. If the training and exam are not completed by the last day of the month, you will be required to register for another recertification training and start your training over.

What to Expect During Your On-Demand Training (4 hours): The on-demand training option is an individual training that will not include a live discussion. The full training will be housed on Qualtrics. During the training, we will introduce new feedback material and you will have the opportunity to practice to gain understanding. The training will require about four hours of seat time.

What to Expect After Your Training (1 hour): After the training, administrators will complete a qualifying exam that should take about an hour.

NEE New Evaluator Training

NEE’s New Evaluator Training is an in-depth training required for all evaluators who will be using NEE for the first time in 2021-2022 – whether you are in a district that will be using NEE for the first time or you are an individual coming into a district that is already using NEE. The NEE New Evaluator training will be held online and will include a mix of live discussion and individual learning time over the course of one full day. As part of this training, evaluators will complete a qualifying exam on your own time during the week following your attendance. The qualifying exam will require about an hour of your time.


Whenever and however you complete NEE training this summer, we look forward to serving you and to working with you in 2021-2022. If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing nee@missouri.edu 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.