DERS Training

The DERS training guides and focuses
classroom observation

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

Face to Face Training

Sessions run typically run 6 hours, typically from 8:30am-2:30pm. Breakfast, lunch, and light snacks will be provided.

Each school will be provided with an iPad to work with during the training. Schools will need to provide a screen and speakers, and at least one iPad per every two participants.



Online Training

The online training consists of two sessions:

  • Session I: DERS (3 hours)
  • Session II: MEFS (2 hours) 

These can be scheduled on the same day or on separate days. An NCMPS staff member gives the training to assembled staff via a live, interactive teleconferencing link. 

Schools must provide a computer, a screen, and speakers, and at least one iPad per every two participants.

Training and Subscriptions

Schools pay for the DERS as an annual subscription for unlimited use, based on the number of classrooms.   For the 2017-18 pilot year, the cost for training and use of the DERS is $1000, which includes:

  • DERS Training and Certification
  • One year whole-school DERS subscription
  • Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) Training and Certification
  • 25 per-child MEFS licenses good through 12/31/2017 (additional annual licenses are available for $5 per child)
  • Membership in the DERS Network, including access to additional tools, monthly webinars, and data sharing (read more about  the Network)

Schools are required to train at least three staff members and may include as many as is feasible.

Schedule online or face-to-face training using the form on the right. 

Upcoming online DERS trainings:

  • Saturday, September 30th, 11:30am E
  • Friday, October 27th, 10:00am E
  • Saturday, October 28th, 10:00am E
  • Friday, November 3rd, 3:00pm E
  • Monday, December 4th, 8:00am E

Upcoming online MEFS trainings:

  • Saturday, September 30th, 3:30pm E
  • Friday, October 27th, 2:00pm E
  • Monday, December 4th, 12:00pm E

Upcoming LIVE DERS/MEFS trainings:

  • Monday, October 30th, 10am, Toronto
  • Friday, November 10th, 9am, Washington, DC
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