TARSS Observation Program

The TARSS Observation Program at CEED is intended to ensure a consistent, high-quality training experience for Minnesota’s early care and education workforce by observing trainers in the field during training sessions. Trainers will receive strengths-based feedback from qualified observers who will use a rubric to determine effectiveness. We are searching for qualified trainers throughout the state who are interested in being a part of the observation team.

Observers are independent contractors (not University of Minnesota employees) who are compensated $300 for each observation. There is an estimated total of 3 hours of work per observation, including time for administrative duties, a two-hour training observation, completion of the assessment tool, and submission of the results to TARSS personnel at CEED.

CEED has required qualifications and expectations for Observers. Observers are expected to:

  • Attend training regarding the policies and procedures for conducting observations, including an overview of the observation tool
  • Devote three hours to each observation;
  • Enter observation data within 24 hours of the observation; and
  • Attend quarterly professional development meetings hosted by TARSS personnel.

Observers use an observation rubric which embodies recommended practices in a set of observable behaviors and skills. This program also supports the ongoing professional development of approved trainers and documents the fidelity of the delivery of approved training sessions.

Qualities of Observers

Trainers who are interested in becoming Observers should have the following dispositions (as outlined in the Minnesota Knowledge and Competency Framework for Trainers):

  • Sense of integrity
  • Discreet
  • Objective
  • Committed to growth and learning
  • Values data
  • Effective
  • Honest
  • Approachable
  • Focused on equity

Trainers who are interested in becoming Observers should have the following skills:

  • Accomplished ability in facilitating adult learning through trainer or teaching experience
  • Ability to concentrate and focus for an extending period of time
  • The ability to apply an observation tool consistently and fairly in a variety of situations
  • Critical thinking
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Computer literacy, including how to use email and basic typing
  • Professional communication
  • Time management

Trainers who are interested in becoming Observers should have knowledge of the following:

  • Training competencies, including a deep understanding of adult learning principles and facilitation techniques
  • The early childhood field in Minnesota, including the various contexts of child care including family child care, center-based care, Head Start, etc.
  • The various systems used to deliver professional development in Minnesota (e.g., Achieve and Develop)

Application Process

Trainers who are interested in becoming Observers must: