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The Professional Development Guide for Adult Citizenship Educators

This guide helps administrators and teachers in identifying instructional domains and establishing a system of professional development for adult citizenship educators.
Author(s): 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Published: 
2016
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
22
Abstract: 

The Office of Citizenship in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created this guide to help adult citizenship education program administrators and teachers to identify instructional domains and establish a system of professional development for adult citizenship educators.

This guide is organized around five instructional domains with correlated competencies and rubrics. These domains and competencies incorporate aspects of instruction that are both broadly applicable to a variety of settings, as well as those that are unique to the adult citizenship education learning environment. Administrators and educators use this guide to identify areas of strength and areas for growth, and they can use the rubrics to create a systematic plan for professional development.

Benefits and Uses: 

This guide to will help adult citizenship education program administrators and teachers to identify instructional domains and establish a system of professional development for adult citizenship educators.

The guide is organized around five instructional domains with correlated competencies and rubrics. These domains and competencies incorporate aspects of instruction that are both broadly applicable to a variety of settings, as well as those that are unique to the adult citizenship education learning environment. Administrators and educators use this guide to identify areas of strength and areas for growth, and they can use the rubrics to create a systematic plan for professional development.

These are the broad elements of teaching that are necessary for a successful class, and each domain includes a set of teacher competencies that are specific to an adult citizenship education learning environment. The five instructional domains are: Content Knowledge, Instructional Design and Lesson Planning, Instructional Delivery, Assessment, and the Learning Environment. These domains outline foundational knowledge and instructional skills that teachers should possess in order to guide students as they prepare for the naturalization interview and the test.

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