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The New Teacher Center’s “Teaching Conditions Initiative”

What is the Teaching Conditions Initiative?

The New Teacher Center (NTC), through its Teaching Conditions Initiative, provides a unique and valuable service to educators in schools, districts and states across the United States. This initiative consists of two parts: 1) administering an anonymous, online survey about teaching conditions in one year, and 2) working with the client in the second year to utilize results from the survey in school improvement plans and policies.

NTC’s Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey has been externally validated and nationally recognized. Using the school as the unit of analyses, the survey consists of a core set of questions that address the following teaching conditions: New Teacher Support, Instructional Practices & Support, Managing Student Conduct, School Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Community Engagement & Support, Use of Time, Professional Development and Facilities & Resources.

Since 2008, NTC has heard from over one million educators across twenty states. The survey results provide more than 26,000 schools with data to incorporate into school improvement planning as well assisting state policymakers with information and research to reform policy and practice.