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News Release - TELL Colorado Survey

Jan. 31, 2011

News Release

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Commissioner Robert Hammond Encourage Educators to “TELL Colorado;” Statewide Survey of Teaching and Learning Conditions Launches Today

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today urged all school-based educators to complete the statewide survey of teaching and learning conditions.

The TELL Colorado survey is available to all school-based educators beginning today (Monday, Jan. 31.

“We are committed to helping ensure that every educator in Colorado has what they need to do their best work with our children,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Through TELL Colorado, educators have the opportunity to anonymously report information about their school and the types of supports available to them. We are listening.”

Added Commissioner Hammond: "In 2009 feedback from the TELL Colorado Survey was a powerful catalyst to improvements in classrooms across our state. In 2011, we want to hear from every teacher and administrator in Colorado so every school has the data it needs to improve teaching and learning conditions.“

All principals, specialists, assistant principals, building-level administrators (such as deans), and charter school teachers (regardless of licensure status) should take the survey, as should full- or part-time licensed teachers including instructional coaches, mentor teachers, department heads, vocational teachers, literacy specialists, endorsed school librarians, itinerant teachers, long-term substitutes and other specialists such as special education teachers, speech therapists and audiologists, school psychologists, school psychiatrists, social workers and school nurses.

The survey was initiated by the Colorado Department of Education in response to House Bill 08-1384. An initial survey was created and conducted in May 2009. More than 23,000 educators (36 percent) responded to the survey. Key findings of the 2009 final report can be found at: http://www.tellcolorado.org/research2009

The 2011 survey is being launched in partnership with Gov. Hickenlooper, the Colorado Association of School Boards, the Colorado Education Association, the Colorado Association of School Executives, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Numerous other organizations have helped to develop and support the survey.

The TELL Colorado Survey will capture anonymously educators’ perceptions about teaching and learning conditions. Research supports that these conditions influence student achievement and teacher retention. Each Colorado school will receive its own data for ongoing improvement planning – if at least a 50 percent of their staff participates.

The TELL Colorado Survey will be online between Monday, Jan. 31, and Monday, Feb. 28. Responses will be anonymous and confidential.

Educators will receive a personal security code which allows them to go online and provide their perceptions on the critical issues of time, facilities and resources, community engagement and support, student conduct management, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, instructional practices and support and resources for new teachers.

The confidential survey can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes and can be completed from anywhere with Internet access. Educators with questions about the survey process may e-mail the Tell Colorado help desk at helpdesk@tellcolorado.org or phone 888-280-7903.

The initial data will be available by March for schools and districts to use in identifying strengths and recognizing areas in need of improvement. TELL Colorado Survey partners believe the results will help place educators' experiences and perceptions at the center of school, district and state efforts to improve Colorado education.

The Colorado Department of Education, through a competitive review process, selected the New Teacher Center (NTC) to conduct the survey. NTC is a nonpartisan group with a mission to support the development of an effective, dedicated and inspired teaching force. NTC also has vast experience conducting similar surveys across the country.

For more information about the survey, visit www.tellcolorado.org.

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