Think about your program as rector, director or teacher:
- What do you think worked well over the last year? And where could the program be improved?
- Did you set goals and objectives for the education programs at the beginning of the year and were those goals known and shared?
- Did the age groupings work well for a full formation experience, or did some groups lack a critical mass?
- Are the teachers happy with the curriculum, or do they feel frustrated using the materials?
Now think of the experiences of the children, youth and families in your program:
- Have there been disruptions in the schedule or has the program had a consistent and well publicized schedule?
- Has your education program grown? Or have you lost children, youth and families in a steady decline?
- Are parents asking for particular stories or ideas to be taught, or are they sharing stories about children's comments and continued learning in the home?
- Does the education life of the parish feel connected to the worshipping community, or disconnected from all other parish life?
Did anything immediately come to mind while reading the questions? Are there other areas that came to mind as well as these issues?
Take a little time to jot down some thoughts and comments on the school year. Then get a group together to discuss issues that have come to mind. Perhaps the teachers need to meet for a wrap-up session, or maybe an informal group of parents and teachers can meet after church. Also, ask a few children their opinions on the year.
The method of evaluation isn't as important as having some time for evaluation and being able to utilize the information from the process. After evaluating the year, identify any areas needing change or help and start to form an action plan. Summer is a perfect time to pull together new resources, update and beautify rooms, clean out mess, and seek out help from outside sources.