Sprockets External Assessor Cohort

Sprockets is supporting a group of Saint Paul youth work professionals committed to strengthening their individual skills while also building the capacity of the greater youth work field in Saint Paul.  Sprockets believes the words of Paul Wellstone “We all do better when we all do better”.  This group of individuals will receive extensive training and become reliable assessors of the Weikert Center's Youth Program Quality Assessment, participate in the Sprockets Quality Advancement Division (SQUAD PLC) and provide leadership around quality improvement through their roles as External Assessor for Sprockets Activator partners. Applications are due online https://tinyurl.com/SprocketsEA2018 by August 31st along with a signed Committment Statement.

For the full background and commitment, please review and sign the External Assessor Commitment Statement and submit application.

Sprockets will provide:

  • External Assessor Reliability training with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart Center).  Endorsement as a reliable assessor with test out of 80%. *Annual refresher provided with continued participation. This training is valued at $500
  • Professional learning community (PLC) with a focus on observational assessment, coaching and facilitation. Learning alongside other youth work professionals deepens learning from a variety of perspective and experiences.
  • Scheduling and coordination support of required trainings and observations (see key dates below). Rich learning happens for assessors through the opportunity to observe other programs in action.

Desired Qualities of an External Assessor/Coach

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent observer and listener
  • Commitment to high-quality programming for all young people
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and development
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Experience delivering youth development programming
  • Invested in the continued sustainability of the Sprocket Network and Activator Cycle
  • Reliable transportation
  • Experience with the YPQA observation tool and pyramid of quality preferred