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Early Childhood Trainer Competency Self-Assessment1

Date Completed:

Name:

Check the rating that best describes your degree of mastery of each competency: 3 = HIGHLY COMPETENT (I feel very confident in this competency.) 2 = SOMEWHAT COMPETENT (I am actively working to improve this competency.) 1= INCOMPETENT (I have not begun to develop this competency, but I have potential!) NA = NOT APPLICABLE (This competency does not apply to my current position.)

Professionalism and Ethics


1. Maintains an appropriate level of competence in the field including a broad knowledge of current trends, theory, and practice in areas of expertise and seeks growth in areas of limited knowledge. Keeps current with changes in the field. 2. Recognizes the limit of his /her competence in providing services and does not seek or accept assignments outside those limits. 3. Demonstrates awareness of own personal values, biases, dispositions and the possible effect on others. 4. Accepts responsibility of ethical business practices e.g., certificate distribution, hours given, conflicts of interest). 5. Makes a contribution to the field or area of expertise once every two years or more frequently (e.g., certification or licensure, curriculum development, research). 6. Values and integrates diversity into the delivery of training/professional development. 7. Adheres to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct for Adult Educators. 8. Maintains poise and professionalism under duress.

NA

Total number of checks in each column


If you checked 4 or more competencies in the 2 and/or 1 column, highlight the most important competency that you would like to develop, improve, or learn more about.

Subject Matter Knowledge


1. Possesses extensive knowledge and practical experience in one or more early childhood core knowledge area. *(See Ohios Early Childhood Core Knowledge Areas below.)
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NA

Adapted from The Georgia Early Care and Education Professional Development Competencies and The Trainers Journey to Competence 1

Subject Matter Knowledge


2. Demonstrates familiarity with a variety of early care and education settings. 3. Researches the current trends in the topic area and synthesizes these findings to support learning objectives. 4. Bases training content on accurate, current information consistent with sound theories and principles of child development, developmentally appropriate practice, accurate interpretation of quality standards and licensing/legal regulations. 5. Maintains resources that are current and topic-related to refer to concerning controversial issues, questions, or experiences (e.g., experts, agencies, publications, professional organizations). 6. Facilitates connections between theory and practice by integrating information that is comprehensive, meaningful, and relevant to participants' needs.

NA

Total number of checks in each column


If you checked 3 or more competencies in the 2 and/or 1 column, highlight the most important competency that you would like to develop, improve, or learn more about.

*Ohios Early Childhood Core Knowledge Areas


Child Growth and Development; Family & Community Relations; Health, Nutrition & Safety; Child Observation & Assessment; Professional Development; Learning Experiences & Environments

Presentation and Delivery


1. Prepares for training by reviewing materials, understanding learner characteristics, becoming familiar with learning environment, etc. 2. Delivers training based on adult learning principles to enhance motivation and improve retention; uses a variety of learning methods, and sets a flexible, comfortable, and collaborative learning environment. 3. Gives a lecture that is well organized, easy to follow, contains examples and visual components, and involves the learner. 4. Conducts an effective discussion by asking appropriate questions to clarify and expand the topic, keeping the learners on track, and summarizing main points. 5. Facilitates exercises, case studies, games, simulations, etc. by giving clear directions, grouping learners in different ways, drawing out learners reactions, and helping the learner apply learning from these experiences. 6. Conducts a demonstration to show the correct way to complete a process or procedure while explaining what the learners hear and see. Supervises learners in a return demonstration, asking questions, giving feedback, and making corrections. 7. Sets up and structures the role play to promote empathy or skill practice. Observes participants and gives feedback to promote learning and application of skills on the job.

NA

Presentation and Delivery


8. Adapts training to respond to learners' current knowledge and expectations (e.g., ethnic diversity, learning styles, specials needs, and unique settings). 9. Relates effectively with individuals and groups. Communicates clearly and audibly, avoiding distracting expressions and mannerisms. 10. Uses audio visuals to support content, but not replace it. Operates equipment with ease and troubleshoots minor mechanical or technical problems effectively.

NA

Total number of checks in each column


If you checked 5 or more competencies in the 2 and/or 1 column, highlight the most important competency that you would like to develop, improve, or learn more about.

Quality Assurance and Evaluation


1. Conducts summative evaluations throughout the training to gauge learning transfer, learner interest, satisfaction, and needs. 2. Conducts formative evaluations at the end of the training to gauge learning transfer, learner interest, satisfaction, and needs. 3. Assesses the effectiveness of the training and makes specific recommendations for course changes to the course designer. 4. Maintains accurate records, resolves lingering issues following the training, and ensures that reporting requirements are completed in a timely manner.

NA

Total number of checks in each column


If you checked 2 or more competencies in the 2 and/or 1 column, highlight the most important competency that you would like to develop, improve, or learn more about.

When you are complete with this self-assessment, review the competency highlights, i.e., the most important competencies that you would like to develop, improve, or learn more about. Select those that you would like to focus on in the upcoming year. Now you are ready to develop your Professional Development Plan!