Gov. Peter Shumlin today urged Vermont’s public school educators to participate in a survey seeking to identify ways to make teaching and learning even better in the state’s classrooms.
“If you want to make Vermont’s schools the nation’s best, you need to know what the men and women in our classrooms think works and what needs improvement,” Shumlin said. “One of my top priorities as governor is making sure that our schools give every young Vermonter an education that works for them and for our state. This survey will give us valuable insights as we continue to shape our schools for the 21st century.”
The TELL Vermont survey begins today, and it gives educators a chance to anonymously and honestly assess the teaching and learning conditions in their schools. This is the second time this survey has been administered in Vermont, and it is run and designed by the New Teacher Center, which administers more than 20 such surveys nationwide.
The survey is supported by the governor’s office, the Agency of Education and Vermont-NEA, which represents more than 12,000 public school employees. From today through April 19, educators will be able to access the online survey. The results will be tabulated and shared with schools, administrators, educators and state education policy makers.
“This is an opportunity for educators to weigh in on what matters to them in their schools and creates another avenue for us to improve student outcomes,” said Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca. “I encourage all teachers and principals to participate in the TELL Vermont survey as it will provide valuable information, helping us to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our systems. This will support the work we do, continuing to make informed decisions on how to better our schools. Ultimately it’s about what is best for Vermont’s kids.”
The New Teacher Center hopes that more than 40 percent of all public school educators participate, so that a complete picture of teaching and learning in Vermont’s schools develops. If that threshold is met in individual schools, the data from the survey will be shared on the building level. Regardless of participation, statewide data will be released.
“As the union representing the men and women who teach our children, we are proud to bring this opportunity to educators, regardless of whether they are members or not,” said Vermont-NEA President Martha Allen. “It just makes sense that everyone involved in educating our children would want to explore how we can replicate what works, change what doesn’t and make our schools an even more important resource.”