Do Teachers Have Sway in School Decisions? Depends Who You Ask

Summary:This article summarizes the results of a RAND Corporation survey asking principals and teachers about teacher influence in making school decisions. The principals felt that teachers had significant input in school decisions while the teachers responding felt they had much less influence.

Source:Madeline Will, Education Week, December 13, 2018

Categories: Teacher Engagement, Leadership in SEL, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Satisfaction

Description: “Almost all school leaders think that teachers are involved in making important school decisions — but just over half of teachers would agree…. Past research has found that when teachers have decision-making roles outside of the classroom, their students perform better on state tests. But the RAND study revealed a disconnect between the leadership opportunities principals think they’re providing, and how teachers perceive their own influence in schools.”

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