Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Met Life Teacher Survey is Released

Wasn't hard to predict this outcome - if 66% of teachers saw layoffs in their schools and 76% say budget cuts, what would happen to job satisfaction.  Not surprising it went down in the 28th Annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy.

"Teacher job satisfaction has fallen by 15 percentage points since 2009, the last time the MetLife survey queried teachers on this topic, from 59 percent to 44 percent responding they are very satisfied. This rapid decline in job satisfaction is coupled with a large increase in the number of teachers reporting that they are likely to leave teaching for another occupation (17 percent in 2009 vs. 29 percent today). Teachers are also more than four times as likely now than they were five years ago to say that they do not feel their job is secure (34 percent today vs. 8 percent in 2006, the last time this question was asked). In addition, 53 percent of parents and 65 percent of teachers today say that teachers’ salaries are not fair for the work they do."
 Also not surprising based on the work we do at LTF (from page 11)
"Several factors distinguish teachers with high job satisfaction from those with lower satisfaction. Teachers with high job satisfaction are more likely to feel their jobs are secure and say they are treated
as a professional by the community. They are also more likely to have adequate opportunities for
professional development, time to collaborate with other teachers, more preparation and supports to engage parents effectively, and greater involvement of parents and their schools in coming together to
improve the learning and success of students."

If you want great teachers to stay in the profession and ensure a great education, you have to invest in their development.  If you want good teachers to become great teachers - you absolutely have to invest in their development.  We cannot afford to lose teachers so it is time that we give them the tools and the training to be successful and they will stay.