Teacher and Staff Perceptions, Spring 2020
99% of MCLs would like Opportunity Culture to continue in their schools
97% of MCLs agree that Opportunity Culture has improved teacher effectiveness in their schools
97% of MCLs report a positive impact on staff collaboration resulting from Opportunity Culture
95% of educators in all OC roles agree that teachers are held to high professional standards for delivering instruction
Teacher and Staff Perception Survey Detail
In early 2020, teachers and staff in Opportunity Culture (OC) roles across the country answered a series of questions about their schools and their jobs. The questions focused on respondents’ perceptions of their school, their role, and the impact of OC. The survey also invited respondents to identify potential improvements.
Public Impact correlates survey results with schoolwide student growth to increase our understanding of what factors contribute to the success of Opportunity Culture. We share the resulting insights via free materials on OpportunityCulture.org, a quarterly national e-newsletter for educators in Opportunity Culture schools, and our consultation with Opportunity Culture sites.
For each question, teachers and staff in OC roles indicated their level of agreement with a series of statements about Opportunity Culture, selecting from “Strongly Disagree,” “Disagree,” “Agree,” and “Strongly Agree.” The survey had a response rate of 57 percent, with 1,839 teachers and staff in OC roles in 146 schools responding.
For each question, the figures below show two bars: (1) the percentage of staff in all OC roles (multi-classroom leaders [MCLs], team reach teachers [TRTs], teachers on MCL teams, and reach associates who support OC teams) who agreed or strongly agreed with the statement; and (2) the percentage of MCLs who agreed or strongly agreed.
Figure 1. Percentage of Teachers and Staff in OC Roles Who Agreed or Strongly Agreed
Note: “OC roles” include: MCLs, team reach teachers, teachers on MCL teams, and reach associates (advanced paraprofessionals or aspiring teachers who support OC teams).
*Questions are from the New Teacher Center’s Teaching Conditions Survey, which had their origin in the Office of the Governor, North Carolina (2002–2009).
Figure 2. Role-Specific Questions: Percentage of Teachers and Staff in OC Roles Who Agreed or Strongly Agreed
Figure 3. Sites Participating in Opportunity Culture Survey
|Baltimore City Public Schools, MD|
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC|
|Chicago Public Schools, IL|
|Edgecombe County Public Schools, NC|
|Forrest City School District, AR|
|Guilford County Schools, NC|
|Indianapolis Public Schools, IN|
|Lexington City Schools, NC|
|Lincoln Consolidated School District, AR|
|Nadaburg Unified School District, AZ|
|North Little Rock School District, AR|
|Phoenix Elementary School District, AZ|
|Vance County Schools, NC|