The 2014 Massachusetts Teaching, Learning, and Leading (TELL) Survey results were recently announced. While every category–including time, facilities, and resources, community support and involvement, managing student conduct, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, and instructional practices and support–showed moderate gains, professional development scored lowest categorically. A few of the questions concerning the differentiation of professional development (PD) programs and the communication of results of a teacher development program, scored well below the 50% mark.
Fortunately, not all results were negative. While the PD question categories scored below the remainder of the questionnaire’s responses in many cases, it was evident perceptions are changing; in the two years between the most recent survey and its predecessor, responses climbed a few percentage points for the majority of answers.
One city in Massachusetts–Sudbury–noted distinct changes and great improvement in many areas. In fact, responses for the amount of time allocated to PD activities escalated sharply from 64% in 2012 to 84% this year. Their district administrators have emphasized the role of teacher development programs in education and have exerted much effort in ensuring teachers have more and better access to PD programs. To this end, Sudbury has hired lunchroom monitors to allow teachers more time to collaborate on student progress–only one change of many geared to generate more time for PD.
Technology was an altogether different picture, however. Many respondents in the Sudbury district stated their access to technology diminished when compared to the past survey. These numbers may have been caused by Internet failure rather than a lack of suitable PD programs. District administrators recognized the fallacy in the technology and are striving to increase the breadth and strength of their online programs.
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