Adult Education Educator Evaluation and Support Plan

This plan from the Connecticut Department of Education provides administrative guidance and tools for conducting teacher observations and evaluations that support the continuous improvement of adult educators.

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Connecticut State Department of Education
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Unlike their K-12 counterparts, most adult education teachers work in diverse noncompulsory educational settings. Consequently, evaluating adult education teachers and service providers requires a process different than that typically used in K-12 settings. This guide provides a framework for providing evidence-based feedback to adult education teachers and service providers on key indicators of success. The plan includes the following tools:

  • Observation/Evidence Collection Form for Teachers
  • Observation/Evidence Collection Form for Service Providers
  • SMART Goal Worksheet for Student Growth
  • Adult Education Programs Goal Setting Form: Student Growth option
  • SMART Goal Worksheet for Professional Practice
  • Adult Education Programs Goal Setting Form: Professional Practice 
What the experts say

Teacher competency is particularly important in adult education because many students have had bad school experiences. Reflecting best practices in teacher evaluation and professional development, the Adult Education Evaluation and Support Plan is a valuable resource for individuals responsible for adult education teacher evaluation and professional development. State adult education staff and college students interested in adult education will also find the plan informative.

This resource contains detailed rubrics that outline teacher performance indicators in the domains of learning environment, student engagement, and commitment to learning. Rubrics for assessing support services staff (e.g., program facilitators, counselors) are also provided. Additional materials such as observation guides and goal setting processes provide a comprehensive set of professional develoment resources for adult education teachers and service providers.

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