It all starts with training. In NEE training, administrators become equipped with the tools to reliably and consistently observe teachers, to improve the accuracy of observations within the building, across the district, and even across the country.
The NEE process gets administrators in the classroom frequently, for short periods, to observe teachers multiple times – not just once a year when the stakes are high. Administrators become familiar with the tenor of instruction and can better coach teachers throughout the school year.
NEE has detailed, research-based rubrics and look-fors for dozens of observable indicators. Of those, schools select just a handful to evaluate so they can be laser-focused on the behaviors that have the highest impact on student learning.
For administrators, this kind of focus eliminates the overwhelming burden of trying to evaluate dozens of behaviors during a single observation. As a building and even as a district, you have identified what you want to improve on, and you are all working toward that goal. It’s this kind of teamwork and collaboration that really makes a difference in the educator evaluation process – turning it on its head from something seen as punitive to an opportunity for everyone, together, to get even better.
Observations of teachers in the classroom are just one component of the NEE process. With NEE, a teacher’s summative can include data from additional sources.
Additional sources include:
These multiple measures provide a more robust picture of educator effectiveness.
Data are entered and recorded in the secure web-based NEE Data Tool and stored for multiple years, giving evaluators a way to record information and monitor progress in one place. NEE tracks and stores data and artifacts for each educator, building, and district, providing a simple yet powerful tool for educator evaluation.
After an educator evaluation, NEE makes the next steps easy for administrators. NEE’s EdHub Library houses more than 300 educator professional development learning resources right inside the same online platform where observations are scored.
EdHub enhances administrators’ ability to coach teachers by pointing them toward resources that can help them develop in very specific areas. The teachers can then log in and complete the modules online, at their own pace.
In addition to teachers, NEE has evaluation tools for: