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Educators TELL all in statewide survey

Teachers, administrators get a voice in the future of Oregons schools


An upcoming statewide survey of public school teachers and administrators will help policymakers and educators make future decisions that will improve student achievement and teacher retention.

The Oregon TELL survey — Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning — is conducted under the leadership of the Oregon Department of Education and supported by a coalition of education organizations, including the Oregon Education Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.

“Every public school teacher and principal in Oregon has the opportunity to shape the future of our schools,” said ODE Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “This survey gives teachers and administrators the chance to tell policymakers what educators need in order to do their jobs well. We must value the voices of the educators who work with children every day in our schools, and this survey will let their voices be heard.”

From Feb. 24 through March 24, the TELL survey will be administered to all licensed Oregon educators employed in the state’s 197 school districts.

“Providing quality learning conditions for every student in Oregon is key to improving the future of our great state,” said Hanna Vaandering, OEA president. “TELL Oregon allows those working with students, who know the realities in each classroom, to inform those who are making the important policy decisions that impact those students.”

All school-based, licensed public school teachers and principals will be asked to submit their perceptions on a variety of issues related to student achievement and teacher retention, including the adequacy of facilities and resources, time, empowerment, school leadership, community support, student conduct, professional development, mentoring and induction services, and student learning.

By documenting and analyzing how public school educators view teaching and learning conditions, this initiative will provide each Oregon school with its own data that can become a part of the ongoing improvement planning processes in school, school districts, and at the state policy-making level.

“I am thrilled that this tool provides a systematic way to bring teacher and principal voices to the table to share perspectives on teaching and learning conditions,” said Oregon Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden. “The findings will be a critical resource as we gauge the impact of current investments and determine the most effective mechanisms to support educators in helping Oregon students succeed.”

For more information about the 2014 TELL Oregon Survey, and to track individual response rates by school, visit telloregon.org.




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