Oakland teachers, counselors, principals and other credentialed school-based staff: Friday is the deadline for completing an anonymous online survey about what it’s like to work at each school in the district.
How much time do you spend on various tasks during the school day? Outside of the regular school day? Are efforts made at your school to minimize interruptions, or routine paperwork? How much time do you have to collaborate with other teachers?
The results will be published online, by school, in June — that is, as long as the response rate is at least 50 percent for a given school. If not, those schools will be omitted from the results.So far, roughly one-third have responded, said Ash Solar, who is facilitating the Effective Teaching Task Force. The goal is at least 80 percent. (You can tell how many people from each school have responded by going here.)
In June, Solar said, he hopes to reconvene the delegates from the Oakland Teacher Convention, along with their principals, to discuss how to improve those conditions (probably in a school auditorium this time, not a hotel). He emphasized that the survey is not a `gotcha,’ or an evaluation, but a tool to help improve conditions across the district.
NOTE: Each person needs a unique code to take the survey; if you don’t have a letter with your code, contact a live person on the help desk from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 888-280-7903.