Are teachers more tolerant of challenges because they feel fortunate to be working?

The TELL Colorado Survey released its initial research this week, revealing that Colorado educators are somewhat more positive about their teaching-learning working conditions than they were two years ago when the first survey was conducted.

According to the New Teacher Center, the survey research partner, initial findings say that, overall, teaching conditions improved in the last two years across Colorado. On every question in the survey asked in 2009 and 2011, a greater percentage of educators agreed in 2011 that positive conditions are in place.

• More than eight out of 10 educators (84 percent) agree that their school is a good place to work and learn, up from 73 percent in 2009;
• More than nine out of 10 of educators (94 percent) agree that their faculty is committed to helping every student learn, compared to 88 percent in 2009;
• Three-quarters of educators (75 percent) agree that students at their school follow rules of conduct compared to six out of 10 in 2009 (62 percent).

The New Teacher Center commented that these results are “somewhat surprising,” given the economy in Colorado and the challenges it has created for educators.

Read three TELL Survey briefs on the TELL Colorado web site: What Are the Voices of Colorado’s Teachers Telling Us?; Supporting New Teachers; and Supporting Principals to Create Positive Teaching and Learning Conditions. There’s are also presentation slides on the “Voices” research.

Fifty percent or more of teachers in nearly 850 schools took the 2011 TELL survey and received school level survey results. Overall, more than 30,000 teachers and principals took the 2011 survey, an 11 percent increase over the 2009 survey in which there was only 36 percent participation.

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