TELL Survey Initiative
Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL)
New Teacher Center’s TELL Initiative helps state and district leaders gather, document, and analyze educator perceptions of teaching and learning conditions in schools and districts. NTC then guides school leaders in using the results to plan improvements that include professional development for teachers and school leaders.
To do their jobs well, educators need supportive school environments where they feel valued, trusted and empowered to collaborate, in order to improve instruction.
Teaching conditions matter for student learning. Specifically, school-level conduct management, manageable demands on time, ample professional autonomy, and effective professional development are found to be significant predictors of student perception, of support and rigor, and ultimately of value-added student learning gains. Additionally, teachers that work in more supportive environments become more effective at raising student achievement on standardized tests over time.
Teaching conditions matter for teacher retention. Studies find statistically significant relationships between teachers’ perception of school facilities and their plans to stay or leave.
Where you sit shapes how you see your conditions. Not knowing the perceptions of teaching conditions can make school improvement planning challenging.