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.

Register for training

Please visit to register for DERS and/or MEFS trainings.

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 online training and use of the DERS is $1000, which includes:

  • DERS Training for unlimited number of participants
  • DERS Certification for up to five participants
  • One year whole-school DERS subscription
  • Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) Training and Certification
  • 25 per-child MEFS licenses
  • Membership in the DERS Network, including access to additional tools, monthly webinars, and data sharing (read more about  the Network)

Schools may purchase additional DERS certifications for $250 each.  Live trainings cost $2000 plus travel.

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

Upcoming online DERS trainings:

  • Thursday, April 19th, 1p E
  • Friday, May 11th, 10:30a E

Upcoming online MEFS trainings:

  • Thursday, April 19th, 10:30a E
  • Friday, May 11th, 2p E

Upcoming LIVE DERS/MEFS trainings:

  • Friday, April 6th, 9a E, Newark, Delaware

Already Been Trained?

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