DERS Training

The DERS training guides and focuses
classroom observation

The 5-hour training, delivered in person or online, prepares staff
to use the DERS effectively as a tool for continuous improvement

The training session explains the research behind the DERS, orients users to the tool, and guides them through a series of video observations.  Participants learn to identify, evaluate, and record classroom indicators which support development, and leave the training session with a DERS Observer Certificate and a 1-year subscription for unlimited use of the DERS app.

Training in the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS), a companion tool for assessing executive function, is available as well.

DERS Face-to-Face Training

Sessions run 5 hours, typically from 9:30am-2:30pm. Breakfast and light snacks will be provided.

MEFS training can be purchased separately.

Schools will need to provide a screen and speakers, and at least one iPad per every two participants.



DERS Online Training

DERS training is a 5-hour online asynchronous course that prepares you to use the DERS effectively as a tool for classroom observation and continuous improvement. Participants will learn to identify, evaluate, and record classroom indicators which support development. The training includes a five-step certification process, which learners complete with the support of the DERS trainer.

Participants have approximately one month to complete the training, but can complete the training modules at their own pace within the one-month window. At the end of the month, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a one-hour live Zoom call with a DERS trainer to ask questions and refine their understanding of key items and indicators.

Upon completion, DERS Observers will receive a one-year DERS subscription and a DERS Observer certificate.

Participants will need a computer and an iPad in order to complete online DERS training.


DERS Observer Training and Certification: $385 per person

  • Approximately 5 hours online or in-person

  • Orients users to the tool and results in DERS Observer Certification

  • Includes one year unlimited DERS subscription

  • Includes membership in the DERS Network, including access to additional tools, monthly webinars, and data sharing (read more about the Network)

  • DERS subscription annual renewal: $100 ($110 after August 1st, 2019)

Live trainings cost $2750 plus travel and include 10 DERS tickets.

Questions? Email for more. 

Upcoming online DERS trainings:

While there will be no DERS training offered in July 2019, monthly training opportunities will resume in August 2019. Watch this space for links to register for DERS training in the 2019-2020 school year!

Upcoming LIVE DERS trainings:

No live trainings are currently scheduled—check back soon!

MEFS Training and Certification: $250 per person

Upcoming online MEFS trainings:

  • 2 hours online

  • Qualifies users as MEFS examiners, good for 1 year with annual recertification

  • MEFS licenses: $5/child for the 2018-19 school year. Order licenses here (link)

Already Been Trained?

If you have attended one of our trainings, please click here to complete the certification process.