Redmond School District has received the results of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey that was administered state-wide this spring by the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Education Association and Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.
Educators were asked to rate a wide range of questions on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree. Questions were categorized in eight areas: Time, Facilities and Resources, Community Support and Involvement, Managing Student Conduct, Teacher Leadership, School Leadership, Professional Development, and Instructional Practices and Support.
Redmond School District had the highest participation rate of all Central Oregon school districts, with more than 77% of educators contributing feedback. Redmond’s teachers reported more favorably on teaching conditions than Oregon teachers state-wide on nearly 84% of the survey questions.
A highlight of some of the survey results is provided below.
- Redmond educators are encouraged to take leadership roles in their school.
More than 9 of 10 respondents feel encouraged to participate in school leadership roles.
- Redmond teachers feel that teacher leader teams are empowered and effective.
More teachers in Redmond agree that the school improvement team provides effective leadership at their school (80.4% of Redmond educators agree versus 67.4% of Oregon teachers state-wide).
- Teachers feel trusted and recognized as experts in their field.
More than 8 of 10 respondents feel recognized as educational experts and that they are trusted to make sound professional decisions about instruction.
- Redmond’s teachers feel supported by school leadership.
More than 8 out of 10 teachers agree that school leadership consistently supports teachers.
- Redmond teachers feel that the job embedded professional development they receive is purposeful.
More than 91% of respondents feel that the professional learning opportunities provided to them are aligned with their school’s improvement plan. More than 8 out of 10 report that the professional development they receive enhances teachers’ abilities to improve student learning.
- Redmond teachers need more collaborative planning time.
Teachers feel they need more time to collaborate and plan with colleagues.
- Teachers in Redmond School District feel supported by the community.
More than 8 out of 10 teachers agree that the community is supportive of their school.
“We are pleased that so many Redmond School District educators chose to participate in the TELL Survey,” Superintendent Mike McIntosh shares. “We truly value our teachers’ efforts to give sound, reliable feedback. It is now up to local and state officials to take a serious look at this data to better inform planning for student success.”
This survey data will be used to promote discussions about funding priorities, instruction, planning time, professional development, school improvement, and related policy issues at school, district and state levels. Redmond School District administrators will work with their leadership teams to review this data in order to inform school improvement planning.
For questions or more information, please contact Kelly Richard, communications coordinator, at 541-923-8233.