Teacher and Staff Perceptions, Spring 2021
98% of MCLs (multi-classroom leaders) and 90% of all staff on MCL teams would like Opportunity Culture to continue in their schools
97% of MCLs agree that excellent teachers have the opportunity to lead peers in their schools
97% of MCLs agree that the supports provided translate into improved instructional practice
96% of MCLs report a positive impact on staff collaboration resulting from Opportunity Culture
96% of MCLs report that pay opportunities are better with Opportunity Culture
95% of educators in all Opportunity Culture roles agree that teachers are held to high professional standards for delivering instruction
94% of MCLs agree that Opportunity Culture has improved teacher effectiveness in their schools
Teacher and Staff Perception Survey Detail
In early 2021, 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 national e-newsletter for educators in Opportunity Culture schools, and in 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 63 percent, with 2,889 teachers and staff in 115 OC schools responding.
For each question, the figures below show two bars: (1) the percentage of staff in all OC roles who agreed or strongly agreed with the statement (these roles are multi-classroom leaders [MCLs]; team reach teachers [TRTs]; teachers on MCL teams; and reach associates, who support OC teams), 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|
|Chicago Public Schools, IL|
|Compass Schools, TN|
|Ector County ISD, TX|
|Forrest City School District, AR|
|Frayser Community Schools, TN|
|Gentry School District, AR|
|Guilford County Schools, NC|
|Hertford County Schools, NC|
|Leadership Prep, TN|
|Lincoln Consolidated School District, AR|
|Maricopa Regional, AZ|
|Memphis Scholars, TN|
|Midland ISD, TX|
|Nadaburg Unified School District, AZ|
|North Little Rock School District, AR|
|Phoenix Elementary School District, AZ|
|Star Academy, TN|
|Valentine Elementary District, AZ|
|Vance County Schools, NC|
|Wilson School District, AZ|
|Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, NC|