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TEAM Training FAQ

Description

  • According to state board policy, 5.201, all educators must be evaluated annually by a certified evaluator.
  • The department conducts certification and recertification training, administers certification tests, issues evaluator credentials, and provides continuous evaluator support for the TEAM rubric.
  • To conduct observations, evaluators must be certified.
    • Evaluations conducted by non-certified evaluators are inadmissible and are grounds for a grievance. 
  • Certification entails participating in an official state-sponsored TEAM training and passing the subsequent online certification test.
  • Certification is valid through the end of the current school year regardless of the certification date.
  • All evaluator certification training for 2020-21 is virtual.
  • The certification window is from June 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • Certification is valid until June 2021.

Initial teacher evaluator certification

  • The initial teacher evaluator certification process is designed to prepare evaluators to evaluate teachers and other school service personnel.
  • Register for training and the certification test here.
    • Invitations are emailed weekly each Monday throughout the certification window beginning June 8. If you do not receive an invitation on the Monday following your registration, please contact TEAM.Questions@tn.gov.
    • Upon registration, the following modules must be completed in the department’s learning management system (LMS) before access to the certification test is granted.
      • Module 1: Designed to increase familiarity with the components of TEAM evaluation system including student growth scores, student achievement scores, and teacher observation scores.
      • Module 2: Designed to explore the TEAM domains, pre-conferences, scripting, coding, and scoring evidence.
      • Module 3: Designed to support post-conferences, feedback, professionalism, summative conferences, and a culture of continuous growth.
      • After all three modules have been completed, potential evaluators will gain access to the certification test.
      • Once the test is passed, the certificate will be available and credentialed status will be reflected in TNCompass within 7-10 business days.
        • Districts must staff evaluators in TNCompass as observers before evaluations may be conducted.
  • TASL Credit:
    • Completion of all three modules is awarded 14 TASL credit hours.
    • A certificate confirming TASL credit will be emailed to the participant within 7-10 business after course completion.
    • Credit may be applied to the 2019-20 or 2020-21 cycle as needed.
    • Contact TASL.Information@tn.gov with questions.

Initial administrator evaluator certification

  • The initial administrator evaluator training process is designed to prepare evaluators to evaluate administrators.
  • Register for training and the certification test here.
    • Invitations are emailed weekly each Monday throughout the certification window beginning June 8. If you do not receive an invitation on the Monday following your registration, please contact TEAM.Questions@tn.gov.
    • Upon registration, the following module must be completed in order to obtain access to the initial administrator evaluation certification test.
      • Administrator evaluation module: Designed to explore the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS) and the TEAM administrator rubric.
      • After the module has been completed, potential evaluators will gain access to the certification test.
        • Once the test is passed, the certificate will be available and credentialed status will be reflected in TNCompass within 7-10 business days.
        • Districts must staff evaluators in TNCompass as observers before evaluations may be conducted.
  • TASL Credit:
    • Completion of the module is awarded 7 TASL credit hours.
    • A certificate confirming TASL credit will be emailed to the participant within 7-10 business after course completion.
    • Credit may be applied to the 2019-20 or 2020-21 cycle as needed.
    • Contact TASL.Information@tn.gov with questions.

Evaluator recertification

  • 2019-20 certified TEAM evaluators may recertify for the 2020-21 school year by passing the recertification test.
  • For 2019-20 certified evaluators, virtual, self-paced recertification modules are available on the department’s learning management system (LMS). This may be a different link from the one used in the past, and you may need to create a new account rather than request a new password.
  • Those recertifying may move through the module at their own pace and take the certification test as they are ready.
  • The recertification window is open through March 31, 2021. 
    • Evaluations conducted by non-certified evaluators are inadmissible and are grounds for a grievance.  
  • Certification is valid until June 2021.  
  • Registration is not required. Invitations to access the learning module and to take the recertification test were sent directly to currently certified evaluators via the email address associated with TNCompass on June 8.

  • If you were a certified TEAM evaluator in 2019-20 and did not receive an invitation and process details, please be sure to check spam/junk folders. As invitations were sent in bulk from either TEAM.Questions@tn.gov or Courtney.Rayburn@tn.gov, a firewall may have blocked receipt.

  • TASL Credit:
    • Completion of the modules is awarded 7 TASL credit hours.
    • A certificate confirming TASL credit will be emailed to the participant within 7-10 business after course completion.
    • Credit may be applied to the 2019-20 or 2020-21 cycle as needed.
    • Contact TASL.Information@tn.gov with questions.