Working conditions in schools are very important.
The purpose of the Educator Working Conditions Survey is to gather input from educators, administrators, parents, and community members on the various factors that affect working conditions in schools. This includes parent and community involvement, leadership, professional learning, classroom support, and safety.
Data from this survey will be used to inform the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as it creates the Washington State Equity Plan for the Department of Education. Your responses are important and we thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.
I appreciate that OSPI wants to create optimal working conditions for teachers. But please, do take this survey and tell me what you think.
Because I was quite surprised to be asked what I think teachers think is most important to staying at a job.
In your opinion, which teaching conditions most affects a teacher’s willingness to continue teaching at a school? Rank order which is of most importance to you.
- time during the work day
- facilities and resources (school property and learning materials)
- community support and involvement
- managing student conduct (discipline and behavior)
- teacher leadership
- school leadership
- professional development
- instructional practices and support
- safe environment (emotional/physical safety at school)
The rest of the questions are mostly demographic.
I get that the public - as the people who pay the bills - have an opinion but it worries me that those opinions (based on what, I don't know) might have weight with how OSPI believes teachers should be working.