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Listening to Our Educators

Our shared priorities depend on public education – it’s how we prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow. But in order to give our children the tools they need to build a better future, we must listen to our educators so we can help improve the teaching and learning conditions in our schools.

Because of the hard work of teachers, principals, and students– and because we’ve chosen together, to protect investments in our public schools, Education Week magazine has affirmed for three years in a row that we have the best public schools in the nation. But we can do better.

To our principals and teachers: you spoke and we listened.  In 2009, we introduced the first-ever “Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning” (TELL Maryland) survey of teaching and learning conditions in Maryland’s public schools. And this week, we are pleased to release the results of the second statewide survey of Maryland educators. This year’s survey also included educational support personnel whose roles are related to instruction.

We know that there is a direct connection between the quality of conditions in a school and both the success of the students and the retention of quality teachers and principals. And though there is always room for improvement, these results indicate that teaching conditions have improved across the State over the past two years.  More than eight out of 10 educators agree that their school is a good place to work and learn, up five percent from 2009, and nearly four out of five educators report that sufficient professional development resources are available, an increase of 22 percent from 2009.

 I’d like to encourage you all to take some time to visit the TELL Maryland web site and take a look at the results that demonstrate our continued progress.

We know that the more a person learns, the more a person earns and the more jobs we create. We will continue to listen to our educators because they are integral to building that better future for our children and preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.