DERS Certification

Certification gives users additional practice with the tool,
and helps NCMPS measure and ensure inter-rater reliability

 

There are four steps in the DERS certification process:

1) Live Practice Sessions: Complete at least one full practice session in a real classroom setting using your personal login. Set aside a full hour to observe and rate a classroom using the following school and classroom names, and make sure to save your report.

School: Practice School
Classroom: Your Last Name

2) Video Rating: Once you've saved your practice session, rate the 20-minute video at the bottom of this page, using the following school and classroom names, and send your score report to ders@public-montessori.org. You'll get an email acknowledgement of completion within a few days.

School: DERS Certification
Classroom: Your Last Name

3) Norming Call: NCMPS will contact you or your school to schedule a “norming call” with other users. We'll go over your Video Rating scores and review any indicators where there was significant disagreement.

4) Paired Rating: Pair up with another staff member to rate the same classroom at the same time.  Send your reports to ders@public-montessori.org. NCMPS will evaluate your ratings, and if they are within the acceptable range, your school will be added to the app and it will be ready for your use.
 

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You may watch the video more than once within the same observation if you find that helpful.
The password for the video is "teach." This video is of a primary classroom with mixed-age groups of three years. The uninterrupted work period is three hours.