a working outline for adult educators:
Rhode Island new practitioner orientation
In June of 2007, the RI Professional Development Center ran a pilot
of its new practitioners orientation. Practitioners were invited to apply to attend, in response to this call for participation:
New teacher orientation pilot:
As many of you may know, Rhode Island adult educators have been working on an orientation process for practitioners who are new (either just beginning, or within the early years of their work as educators).
On June 11, 13 and 15 (from 9-3 pm) we will be implementing a first trial of an orientation process, designed (this time) mostly for classroom teachers; in time we hope to broaden this orientation
to include all practitioners - teachers, administrators, program staff. We invite applications to participate in this first pilot - and welcome practitioners who can commit to complete the following:
- prepare a written observation of an adult education
class; and/or a written reflection of one's own class (to be
completed prior to the first meeting on June 11th)
- Attend all three meetings - June 11, 13, 15, from 9 to 3 - complete
tasks within and between the meetings (these will not be very
time-consuming, and will generally require no more than an hour's work)
- Reconvene in the early fall electronically and/or in a culminating
meeting in order to provide final recommendations/feedback. The
purpose of this meeting (or email discussion - to be determined) is to
allow participants time to reflect on a set of guided questions that
will be distributed at the end of the three-day pilot session).
We welcome a mix of new and somewhat more experienced practitioners for
this pilot, and ask that you answer the following questions, (by email,
fax or snail mail) by May 25th:
What do you believe an orientation should include?
What are you hoping to learn from your participation?
Have you ever participated in a similar orientation process before -
either within your current program, or in another field?
In addition to written responses to these questions, participants
were asked to read Persistence: Helping Adult Education Students Reach
Their Goals by John Comings. at
http://www.ncsall.net/index.php?id=1175, prior to the first session.
Fourteen practitioners participated in this pilot. Their input, and the feedback from others who've subsequently participated in the process have enabled us to develop an orientation that is responsive to the varying needs, knowledge and strength of all practitioners, while ensuring that key points are covered for every cohort. Content and processes for the orientation are detailed on the
main NPO page.
November 26, 2017
back to LR/RI home