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                                New Teacher Support & Development

            BTSA Induction Mid Year Survey and OUSD Working Conditions

                                            OUSD PT Responses
The Oakland BTSA Induction Program administered its annual Working Conditions and Mid Year
Survey from February 3, 2010 through March 2, 2010. The overall response rate among all
Participating Teachers was 97%. There are currently 273 program participants working at OUSD
Schools. Of these, 267 (98%) responded to survey. The rest of this report will detail the
responses of the 267 OUSD participants who responded to the survey.

1. Please mark your year in BTSA


                                              Year in BTSA


  No Response



           Year 2



           Year 1


                  0.00%         10.00%       20.00%     30.00%       40.00%         50.00%   60.00%

                                                Response Percent (n=266)


2. Who was your point of contact to orient you at your school site?


                                              Site Orientation

                               Other

  I did not receive a site orientation

                             Teacher

                 Assistant Principal

                            Principal

                                    0.00%   5.00% 10.00% 15.00% 20.00% 25.00% 30.00% 35.00% 40.00%

                                                         Response Percent (n=267)


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Those participants who selected “Other” were given the opportunity to clarify who it was that
operated as their point of contact for their site orientation. 25 participants responded. Of these,
7 named BTSA/NTSD staff, 4 did not understand the question, 3 did not remember who helped
with site orientation, 2 each named instructional coaches and other/lead teacher, and 1 each
named “coach,” “district personnel,” “administrator (other than Principal or AP),” “reading coach,”
“support staff,” “previous principal,” and “did not receive an orientation.” (See Appendix A for a
listing of all comments)

3. Question 3 (school type) omitted because all respondents included in report
selected “OUSD.”



4. When you began at your site were you:


                                                                                       Response
                                                   Yes                  No
                                                                                        Count
given a site orientation?                          65.0%               35.0%              266
introduced to your school’s staff?                 86.8%               13.2%              265
informed about school resources?                   68.3%               31.7%              265
informed about site policies?                      67.6%               34.4%              262




5. If your answer to #4 was “Yes,” how useful was your introduction to each of the
following with giving you a better start to teaching?


                                     Very useful   Somewhat          Only slightly      Not at        Response
                                                     useful             useful         all useful      Count
introduced to your school’s staff?     69.3%          24.9%               5.3%            0.4%          225
informed about site resources?         49.5%          30.4%              15.5%            4.6%          194
informed about site personnel?         51.0%          34.0%              12.0%            3.0%          200
informed about site policies?          44.0%          31.4%              19.4%            5.3%          191




6. If your answer to #4 was “No,” how POTENTIALLY USEFUL would your
introduction to each of the following be with giving you a better start to teaching?


                                     Very useful   Somewhat          Only slightly      Not at        Response
                                                     useful             useful         all useful      Count
introduced to your school’s staff?     64.3%          31.4%               4.3%            0.0%           70
informed about site resources?         78.6%          17.4%               1.0%            3.1%           98
informed about site personnel?         63.2%          32.2%               3.5%            1.2%           87
informed about site policies?          73.0%          23.0%               3.0%            1.0%          100

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7. How were you recruited?


                                          Recruitment

                                  Other

   Not through recruitment organization

                                  OCTC

                                    TFA

                                   OTF

                                      0.00%     10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00%

                                                     Response Percent (n=267)


Those who answered “Other” were given the opportunity to specify. 47 participants elected to
do so. Of these, there were 12 who mentioned that they were not recruited and just applied
directly, 7 explained that they were visiting teachers, 5 referred to a job fair, there were three
mentions each of Teach Tomorrow Oakland, friends/other teachers, and Project Pipeline, there
were 2 mentions each of site Principals, MUSE Berkeley, and student teaching on site, and there
was one mention each of RISE, TFA, Transfer, substituting, Oakland City Teacher Corps, CalState
TEACH, OUSD, and PPVV. (See appendix B for a listing of all comments)


8. Which grade level are you teaching? (mark all that apply)

      Elementary School                   Middle School                     High School
            129                                64                               76

Because respondents were asked to mark all that applied, there are 269 responses from the 264
participants who answered the question.




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9. Is this support provided by your site administration? If you answered “YES,” how would rate the value of the site
administrator support?

For this question, participants were intended to mark either “YES” or “NO” regarding each of the listed services and then rate how valuable each
of the services for which they responded “YES” was. Some participants were confused by this and neglected to mark either “YES” or “NO” but
rated the value of the service anyway. Others marked that they did not receive a service, but rated it anyway. Still others marked that they did
receive a service, but failed to rate its value. Because of this, it won’t be possible to calculate true percentages, so we will report raw numbers for
each answer option.


              Service                       YES             NO        Very Valuable        Valuable          Somewhat           Not At All
                                                                                                              Valuable          Valuable
Observations and debrief                    237             23               69                84                 73                 17
Provides adequate supplies                  201             58              128                65                 17                 3
Supports you with student
                                            220             40               99                66                 59                 6
behavior
Formal time provided for staff to
engage in collegial investigations
about teaching practice (PLC;               240             20               87                84                 57                 11
Professional Learning
Communities)
Protected time to meet with peers,
                                            132             127              83                61                 17                 5
informally
Protected time provided for
                                            123             131              84                45                 17                 10
meetings with BTSA Coach
Protected time provided to learn
about BTSA requirements                     116             141              53                51                 29                 14
(orientation)
Other support/services of benefit           45              88               21                19                 6                  3




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Those who selected “Other support/service of benefit” were given the chance to specify what the
support/service was. 27 participants elected to do so. Some of these participants listed more
that one support or service. The responses included 5 mentions of opportunities for Professional
Development, 3 people mentioned time to observe other teachers, 3 more mentioned a Reading
Specialist and there were 2 mentions each of support with subs, teacher coaches, and not
knowing what “protected time” means. The remaining support/service responses were: time to
meet with Resource Specialist, time to meet with peers, meetings at the district, paid circuit
meetings, support staff, classroom support, check-in, Impact 2012, supportive of Inclusion,
advisors for student discipline, one-on-one debrief, and electricity. (See Appendix C for a listing
of all comments)


10. How did you learn about your requirement to participate in BTSA?



                                   Heard About BTSA

                       Other

         BTSA Staff Member

      OUSD Human Resouces

   Heard about it from peers

  My Teacher Prep Program

                           0.00%     5.00%    10.00%    15.00% 20.00% 25.00% 30.00%

                                               Response Percent (n=264)



Those responded “Other’ were given the opportunity to specify what they meant. 17 participants
elected to do so. Of these, 5 responded with their teacher preparation program despite the fact
that it was one of the listed answer options, 3 participants said they learned about it or began
BTSA in another district, 3 more mentioned their principal or other administrator, 2 mentioned
Oakland City Teacher Corps, and 1 each mentioned MUSE, BTSA Coach, BTSA Orientation, and
CDE website. (See Appendix D for a listing of all comments)




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11. When you first joined BTSA, do you feel you received timely information about
the BTSA Induction Program?




                           Receive Timely Info About BTSA



      No




  Yes



      0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% 90.00%

                                  Response Percent (n=265)




12. Do you think the program is well designed to meet the program completion
requirements for the California Clear Credential?



                                  Program Well Designed


    Do not understand
  competion requirements


                     No



                    Yes


                      0.00%   10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00%

                                            Response Percent (n=262)




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13. What would be the optimal time of year to receive orientation information about
the BTSA program?


                           Optimal Time for Orientation Info

  Other optimal month

              December

              November

                October

             September

                 August

                      0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00%

                                           Response Percent (n=263)




Those   who selected “Other optimal month” were asked to specify. The six responses were
        July
        summer
        Late July or early August if possible, prior to school year
        before starting the program, since we were required to work on BTSA at the same time
         we were being explained what was BTSA. I had to figure out what it was and by the time
         I get to understand it, I was already behind the on my duties.
       June
       April of the year before you would start.




14. Please rate how effective each BTSA approach has been at communicating
information to you (news, updates, announcements, etc.).

                               Very          Somewhat            A Little      Not At All    Response
        Approach
                             Effective        Effective         Effective      Effective      Count
Liaison (NTSD staff)
                               42.8%           36.4%             14.8%            6.1%             264
Contacts
Newsletters/Bulletins          26.5%           39.0%             21.2%           13.3%             264
E-Mail Updates                 39.8%           36.0%             19.7%            4.5%             264




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15. Please comment on the type and quality of communication you’ve received from
the BTSA Program.

130 participants answered this question. Many participants took this opportunity to discuss more
than one issue surrounding communication from the BTSA Program. Therefore, subtotals below
will add up to more than 130.

Email: 94 participants mentioned emails in their responses. Of these, 46 were mentioned
positively. This includes 9 that specifically mentioned appreciation for reminders about deadlines.
22 had some sort of complaint about the emails. These included emails being too long (7),
participants not receiving any, or very little email (5), not having enough time to read the emails
(4), specific complaints about email format (4), and too many emails (2). The remaining
participants mentioning email simply listed how the program has communicated with them,
rather than speaking to the effectiveness of the communication.

Newsletter/Bulletin: 14 participants mentioned the newsletter or bulletin in their responses.
Of these, 10 were mentioned positively. The remainder simply listed the forms of communication
without speaking to the effectiveness of that communication.

In-Person Contact: 16 participants described some sort of in-person contact from BTSA/NTSD
personnel, including BTSA Liaisons. Of these, 2 were positive comments. 4 either hadn’t heard
from, or described their liaison as ineffective. 1 suggested more in-person contact. The
remaining 9 just listed the form of communication, without detailing its effectiveness.

Phone Contact: 8 participants listed phone contact among the types of communication they
have received. 3 of them spoke positively about their phone contact. The rest just mentioned
receiving it.

BTSA Coach: 19 participants described their BTSA Coach as a main source of current
information. An additional 16 described their BTSA Coach as “great” or “extremely helpful.”

Quality of Communication: Positive comments regarding the quality of communication from
the BTSA Program generally fell into three categories.
     Excellent – 16 participants categorized the quality of communication as something like
       “excellent” or “high quality.” This includes 8 mentions of “NTSD Staff” or a specific NTSD
       staff member as being very helpful.
     Effective – 31 responses categorized the communication as something like “effective” or
       “clear.”
     More Ambiguous Positive – 5 responses described the communication from the program
       as something like “adequate” or “inoffensive.”

Complaints About BTSA: 10 participants submitted some sort of complaint about BTSA. Most
were about some particular aspect of the program, aside from the communication. However,
two of them complained that they still do not understand the requirements/expectations, which
does tie into effectiveness of communication.

(See Appendix E for a listing of all comments)




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16. Have you ever visited the OUSD/BTSA website?


                          Have You Visited OUSD/BTSA Website



  No




  Yes




   40.00%     42.00%   44.00%   46.00%    48.00%      50.00%   52.00%     54.00%    56.00%

                                   Response Percent (n=264)




17. If you have visited the OUSD NTSD/BTSA website, was the website helpful in
finding the information you needed about the BTSA program?


                                    Website Helpful



  No




  Yes




      0.00%   10.00%   20.00%   30.00%    40.00%      50.00%   60.00%     70.00%    80.00%

                                   Response Percent (n=151)




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18. Comments about the NTSD/BTSA website?

43 participants elected to comment on the NTSD/BTSA website. Several participants had more
than one comments, so subtotals will not equal 43. Of the participants responding, 20 comments
were very positive in terms of materials contained and/or organization. 8 participants
commented that the website was too confusing or out of date. 3 participants simply wrote
“none” or “n/a.” There were two responses each for the need to type-in forms, the site is
sometimes helpful, the participant needs to investigate it further, and the participant did not
know the website existed. There was one mention of each of the following: forgotten about the
website, haven’t been to the website, the site needs better search capabilities, participant doesn’t
look at it very often, the NTSD info is hard to find within the OUSD website, the on-line calendar
isn’t working, and participant only used it to help complete binder last year. One participant
mentioned not being able to log into the site however, log in is not required to access the site.
One participant also mentioned that it seemed better/more relevant last year. (See appendix F
for a listing of all comments)



19. Do you understand the roles and responsibilities of your work with your BTSA
Coach?




                            Understand Roles and Responsibilities


  Somewhat



        No



       Yes


          0.0%      10.0%     20.0%      30.0%     40.0%      50.0%    60.0%      70.0%     80.0%

                                           Response Percent (n=263)




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20. Is the partnership with your BTSA coach beneficial or not beneficial to your
growth as a teacher?



                               Partnership with BTSA Coach Benficial



  Not Beneficial




       Beneficial




               0.00%   10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% 90.00% 100.00%

                                            Response Percent (n=262)




21. How appropriate is the match with your BTSA Coach?



                               Appropriateness of BTSA Coach Match


  Not At All Appropriate


  Somewhat Appropriate


              Appropriate


        Very Appropriate


                       0.00%   10.00%   20.00%     30.00%     40.00%        50.00%   60.00%   70.00%

                                                 Response Percent (n=264)




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22. For all of the following activities, rate how they contribute to your growth as a
teacher to help meet the needs of your students.


                                                                         Did Not
                              Contribute   Contribute    Contribute                    Response
                                                                        Contribute
                                A Lot        Some         A Little                      Count
                                                                          At All
BTSA Coach observation
                              47.7%(123)   37.2%(96)      11.2%(29)      3.9%(10)         258
                 notes
BTSA Coach observation
                              60.9%(156)   26.2%(67)      8.6%(22)       4.3%(11)         256
    followed by debrief
        Set and reflect on
                              48.9%(127)   35.0%(91)      12.3%(32)      3.9%(10)         260
        professional goals
        Follow case-study
                              31.5%(82)    42.3%(110)     16.2%(42)      10.0%(26)        260
         student progress
     Reflective thinking,
                              57.7%(150)   27.3%(71)      11.2%(29)      3.9%(10)         260
  guided by BTSA Coach
       Reflective thinking,
                              53.5%(139)   34.6%(90)      8.5%(22)        3.5%(9)         260
                self-guided
   Informal collaboration
                              55.9%(147)   33.1%(87)      8.8%(23)        2.3%(6)         263
              with peers
              Formal staff
                              41.9%(108)   31.4%(81)      18.6%(48)      8.1%(21)         258
       collaboration (PLC)
 Analysis of student test
                              39.8%(103)   40.9%(106)     14.3%(37)      5.0%(13)         259
                  scores
Analysis of student work
                              56.2%(146)   31.5%(82)      10.0%(26)       2.3%(6)         260
                 samples
     Ongoing analysis of
   multiple data samples      51.7%(134)   35.1%(91)      10.4%(27)       2.7%(7)         259
 (formative assessment)
    BTSA Coach-assisted
                              39.7%(102)   30.4%(78)      16.3%(42)      13.6%(35)        257
        lesson planning
                District PD   19.5%(50)    32.7%(84)      28.8%(74)      19.1%(49)        257
        Out-of-district PD    25.8%(57)    35.8%(79)      21.3%(47)      17.2%(38)        221
Other PD (please specify
                              45.3%(34)    21.3%(16)      12.0%(9)       21.3%(16)         75
                 below)
   Other activity (please
                              34.5%(10)     20.7%(6)       3.5%(1)       41.4%(12)         29
          specify below


23. If you selected “Other PD,” or “Other activity” above, please describe.

Other PD
    UC Berkeley History Writing Project
    Staff PD has contributed to help the needs for my students
    School-site PD about teaching ELs from Internationals Network of Public Schools
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      American History grand
      TEAMS Fellowship workshops
      Working with Tom Rike. He is the best!
      Kagan
      School-site PD
      Workshops outside of District, such as through California Academy of Sciences and OEA
      History Alive!
      PD done at site
      English Learner Conference
      Si Swan, RESULTS
      American History Grant
      Site specific PD
      TFA PD
      Impact 2012
      PD through universities, through sharing with colleagues for resources and PD events,
       and email chains
      OTF summer training
      Teach Tomorrow in Oakland PDs are wonderful and relevant to our lives as OUSD
       teachers
      BAWP Summer Institute
      Arts Faculty PD in Feb
      Two-week workshop at Rudolf Steiner College on how to use Waldorf teaching pedagogy
       in a public school classroom
      DIBELS (good)......SWUN Math (poor)
      American History Grant
      AED training
      BAWP
      Fred Jones
      We have good PD at our school during the week.
      PD Provided through teacher preparation program (Alliant University) and through Teach
       for America
      PD that is offered by my principal or other staff members at my site.
      Seneca Center Training
      TESA BTSA PD
      Kagan through the district was good, Paragon learning targets was horrible!
      California Math Conference @ Asilomar
      Teaching American History Grant (PD's with designing lesson studies in history)
      Math Asilomar Conference, and school-site PD
      ACES grant
      TFA
      School site
      Physics workshops
      Teach For America PD
      diversity training, guided practice training, etc.
      CCA and art is education classes have been superb in content and informing my practice

Other Activity
    Assissting conferences has contributed to help the needs for my students
    Teachers for Social Justice Conference
    Teach for America PD
    Team Meetings, Planning Days
    CCEGL
    Conferences throughout the state through agencies and groups and other districts
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         Arts Institute in summer
         Member of the Teachers 4 Social Justice beginning teachers study group
         art esteem staff workshops
         classes, seminars, mindfulness training
         Grade-level Planning
         resources; class materials
         went to state pe conference- it was EXTREMELY HELPFUL
         Exploratorium Institute
         I have found my own reading and research on teaching practice outside of BTSA to be
          invaluable to my growth as a teacher.


24. When do you work with your BTSA coach? (mark all that apply)

Because respondents were asked to mark all that apply, totals and percentages will add up to
more than 100%. Percentages are base on the number of participants answering this question
(261).

                                                   Time for Meeting With BTSA Coach


 Work within site's professional learning community (PLC)

                             Site allocated/protected time

                                     Conference periods

                                              Lunch time

                               Time outside school hours

                                                Prep time

                                                        0.00%    10.00%    20.00%   30.00%   40.00%   50.00%    60.00%   70.00%   80.00%

                                                                                     Response Percent (n=261)



25. How often are you having instructionally-related sessions with your BTSA coach?



                                      Frequency of Meetings with BTSA Coach


    Average 1 per month or less

             Average 2 per month

             Average 3 per month


              Average 1 per week

  Average more than 1 per week

                                    0.00%         10.00%        20.00%      30.00%       40.00%       50.00%      60.00%      70.00%

                                                                          Response Percent (n=262)



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26. For instructional support, how effective are the following modes of
communication with your BTSA coach?


                            Very            Effective        Somewhat          Not At All       Response
                          Effective                           Effective        Effective         Count
              Email       51.6%(128)       27.8%(69)         14.5%(36)          6.1%(15)          248
             Phone        36.1%(86)        29.0%(69)         18.9%(45)         16.0%(38)          238
    Face to Face          82.0%(214)       14.9%(39)             2.3%(6)        0.8%(2)           261



27. How satisfied are you with your coach fulfills his/her roles and responsibilities as
outlined in the BTSA memorandum of understanding?


                              How Satisfied Coach is Fulfilling Responsibilities


   Not At All Satisfied


  Somewhat Satisfied


             Satisfied


        Very Satisfied


                      0.00%       10.00%    20.00%      30.00%     40.00%     50.00%   60.00%     70.00%

                                                     Response Count (n=264)




28. Please comment on the type and quality of communication you’ve received from
your BTSA Coach.

119 participating teachers responded to this question. Response categories totaling less than
three responses are not reported. Because respondents generally touched on more than one
issue, subtotals will exceed the 119 participants who responded to the question.

Most respondents used this opportunity to speak of the overall quality of service they are
receiving from their coach, rather than just the communication aspect of their relationship. While
nearly every response mentioned or implied face-to-face meetings, only 18 explicitly
mentioned receiving email from their coach and 10 referred to communicating with their coach
via the telephone.

The most frequent response was positive feedback about the participant’s coach. 49 participants
referred to their coach and/or their communication effectiveness in generally positive
terms. These include responses describing coach as “responsive,” or “clear,” or “beneficial.”


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Another 42 respondents spoke of their coach and/or his/her communication in superlative
terms. These include responses describing the coach as “great” or “super-duper!”

34 respondents referred to some sort of issue regarding their BTSA Coach. 13 of these were
complaints that they are not meeting frequently enough with their coaches. 5 were references to
their coach not being very useful to them. 4 of them were responses referring to the coach’s
inability to clarify program expectations. 3 complained that their coach hasn’t observed them
enough, or at all. There were 2 descriptions of their coach as “disorganized” and another 2 who
want a coach of the same grade level. There was 1 mention each of coach not being well
informed, coach doesn’t communicate well, need more info from coach, participant wants coach
to come to them (instead of vice versa), and finally, one participant who says they don’t have a
coach.

The only specific services provided by coaches with groups large enough to report were
describing the benefit of observations and debriefs (5) and help with lesson planning (4).

(For a listing of all comments, see Appendix G)

29. List top 3 supports that have contributed most to your learning and growth as a
teacher.

250 OUSD teachers responded to this question. Response categories totaling less than four
responses are not reported. Because teachers were asked to list multiple supports, subtotals will
exceed 250.

The most popular response among the listed supports was some variation on “peers” or “other
teachers.” 149 respondents listed peers among the top three supports contributing to their
learning and growth as a teacher. Among the 149 were 13 who singled out “grade-level partner
teachers” or “buddy teachers” in a way which suggested a more formalized relationship than the
majority of responses.

133 participants named their BTSA Coach among their top three supports.

85 participants felt as though professional development was a large contributor to their
growth as a teacher. Among these, 71 mentioned some form of District or School Site PD, 11
referred to PD offered outside OUSD, and 3 mentioned BTSA or other NTSD trainings.

78 participants responded with some variation on “observations.” Of the 78, 30 spoke of
observing other teachers, 19 referred to being observed themselves (though observer not
specified), 12 simply used the word “observations,” with no indication whether they meant being
observed or observing others, 10 mentioned being observed by the principal, and 7 mentioned
being observed by their BTSA Coach (these 7 were also included among the 133 reported as
naming their BTSA Coach).

30 respondents listed their Principal among their top three supports.

29 participants said time for reflection was among the top three supports contributing to their
growth as teachers.

29 participants felt as though their Professional Learning Communities contributed greatly to
their growth.

18 participants cited experience among their three most valuable supports.
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17 participants listed either Teach for America people or trainings among their top three
supports. This number represents 51.52% of all TFA participants who are active in the BTSA
program this year and 53.13% of all active BTSA TFA participants who responded to the survey.

15 participants named their credential program in their top three supports.

12 participants cited a coach, other than their BTSA coach, among their top three supports.
These include things like “reading coach” or “literacy coach.”

11 participants listed either “Classroom Management Coach” or “Classroom Management
Support” among their supports.

11 participants also listed planning and prep time.

9 participants listed some form of “data” or “data analysis” among their top three supports.

9 participants listed “collaboration” with no further explanation.

8 participants named books and online resources among their top supports.

8 participants also listed formative assessment among their supports. Six sited the Analyzing
Student Work portion and two simply said “formative assessment.”

6 participants described support with lesson planning as being important to their growth as a
teacher.

Another 6 participants listed themselves among their top three supports.

4 participants listed family and/or friends among their top supports.

4 participants named their Department among their top three supports.

4 participants also listed school staff among the supports most helpful.

(For a listing of all comments, see Appendix H)


30. What do you feel is going to help you become a better teacher?

226 participants responded to this question. Because teachers often listed more than one thing
which would help them become a better teacher, subtotals will exceed the number of
participants. Response categories consisting of fewer than 4 responses are not reported.

The most common response to this question was some variation on “time,” “experience,” or
“practice.” 83 participants believed that more time and experience in the classroom would
make them better teachers.

45 participants responded with some variation on “reflection” as being among those things that
will make them a better teacher.

43 participants responded with some mention of more collaboration with peers as being
critical to their growth.

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42 participants mentioned more or better Professional Development.

41 participants mentioned some form of observation. Of these, 29 referred to observing other
teachers, 8 spoke of being observed by others, and 4 simply used the word “observations”
without reference to whether it was observation of others or of themselves.

23 respondents referred to more time or help with lesson planning.

15 participants referred to support (4 of these were specific to their Principal and one was
“social support.”).

13 participants mentioned wanting continued coaching or mentoring.

11 participants referred to more or better resources.

11 participants also mentioned that pushing themselves to try new things would help them
become better teachers.

11 teachers mentioned the need for more or better Instructional Strategies.

9 participants suggested help with Classroom Management or Organization.

9 participants mentioned some form of data, data analysis, or assessments among the things
that will make them a better teacher.

8 participants responded with some form of familiarity with or help with curriculum. Many of
these referred to being moved around among grade levels or subjects.

6 participants referred to continued research or education.

6 participants mentioned needing better administrative support.

5 participants lodged some sort of complaint about BTSA including too much paperwork and
too many surveys.

4 teachers referred to getting to know their students better.


(For a complete listing of all comments, see Appendix I)




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31. Overall, do you feel that your teaching assignment is too challenging?



                         Teaching Assignment Too Challenging



  No




  Yes




   0.00%   10.00%   20.00%   30.00%     40.00%    50.00%        60.00%   70.00%   80.00%   90.00%

                                      Resonse Percent (n=261)




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32. Please rate the extent to which any of these conditions make your teaching
assignment challenging.

Rating scale is from 0 (Low Challenge) to 10 (High Challenge)

                                                                                       Response
                       Condition                               Rating Average
                                                                                        Count
Limited planning and prep time                                        6.94                261
Inadequate materials and/or technology                                5.09                263
Lack of building maintenance/inviting environment                     3.93                261
Lack of input choosing professional development (PD)                  4.69                262
Lack of autonomy in curricular decisions                              3.74                262
Lack of collegial support to practice skills from PD                  3.08                259
Additional meetings/workload after school                             6.48                260
Disrespect from students                                              5.04                262
Not enough support in improving my behavior
                                                                      3.78                261
management skills
Not enough admin support with disruptive students                     4.88                260
Not enough support from parents                                       5.25                261
Not enough respect/support from colleagues                            1.92                261
Not enough respect/support from administration                        3.54                259
Obstacles in communication/responsiveness from HR                     3.66                258
Obstacles in communication/responsiveness from
                                                                      2.96                258
Payroll
Obstacles in communication/responsiveness from
                                                                      2.54                256
Benefits
Obstacles in communication/responsiveness from
                                                                      2.35                256
Instructional Services (IS)
Obstacles in communication/responsiveness from
                                                                      2.06                253
Research and Assessment




Please articulate details regarding your responses to any of the above (regarding
challenging conditions):

Participants were asked to rate the extent to which a series of conditions made their teaching
assignment challenging. 311 answered the question. At the end of the list of conditions,
participants were given the opportunity to articulate details regarding their answers. 64 OUSD
participants chose to do so. Responses totaling less than 2 are not reported

The most commonly-given responses (18 of the 64) surrounded issues with District offices.
Of these, 6 participants detailed issues involving communication with HR, 4 named issues with

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Payroll, 3 had issues with the Benefits office, 3 detailed problems with “the District” in general,
and two suggested that central office hours should be more aligned with teachers’ hours.

17 participants described issues with disruptive students and their Principals’ inability or
unwillingness to take the steps necessary to correct the problem.

9 participants feel as though they’re being asked to do too much and need more time for
planning and collaboration.

6 participants described issues regarding inadequate materials, supplies, or resources.

6 participants also complained about deficiencies with their Principal.

4 participants had some sort of complaint about BTSA, three of which surrounded the
additional time requirements on new teachers.

3 participants raised issues regarding inadequate pay.

3 participants complained of wasted resources in the district on curriculum (that doesn’t work)
and consultants.

3 participants reported being very happy with the support they’re receiving.

2 participants had issues with disruptive parents and 3 others wanted more ways to involve
parents.

2 participants spoke of the lack of technology available in the classroom.

2 participants complained of the quality of professional development available to them.

2 participants noted that their site administrator is too overworked to be truly effective.

2 participants detailed issues regarding student truancy and tardiness.


(For a listing of all comments, see Appendix J)




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33. Please rate the extent to which improvements in the following conditions would
compel you to stay in the district.

Rating scale is 0 (Least Compelling) to 10 (Most Compelling)


                                                                                    Response
                  Potential Change                          Rating Average
                                                                                     Count
More planning and prep time                                        7.85                259
Adequate materials and/or technology                               7.03                256
Better building maintenance/inviting environment                   5.53                256
More input choosing professional development (PD)                  5.70                255
More autonomy in curricular decisions                              5.73                255
More collegial support to practice skills from PD                  4.96                254
Limited additional workload after school                           6.98                257
Greater respect from students                                      6.33                256
More support in improving my behavior management
                                                                   5.25                252
skills
More admin support with disruptive students                        6.43                255
More support from parents                                          6.37                250
More respect/support from colleagues                               4.10                247
More respect/support from administration                           5.63                249
More responsiveness/support from HR                                4.37                251
More responsiveness/support from Payroll                           3.92                249
More responsiveness/support from Benefits                          3.63                250
More responsiveness/support from Instructional
                                                                   3.54                248
Services (IS)
More responsiveness/support from Research and
                                                                   3.38                245
Assessment


Please elaborate on any of your responses (regarding compelling changes):

Participants were asked to rate the extent to which a series of potential changes would compel
them to remain teaching in Oakland. 303 answered the question. At the end of the list of
potential changes, participants were given the opportunity to articulate details regarding their
answers. 35 OUSD participants chose to do so. Responses receiving fewer than 2 mentions are
not reported.

11 of the 35 who elaborated mentioned issues surrounding what is perceived to be inadequate
pay.



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9 of the 35 chose to discuss issues surrounding not having enough time to do appropriate
planning and collaboration. Included in this number are respondents who mentioned having too
much work after school hours.

4 of the 35 mentioned the importance of receiving help with classroom
management/behavior management.

3 respondents indicated they were generally happy with the type and/or level of support they
are currently receiving.

3 wrote of needing more support in general.

2 of the 35 discussed the need for better, more targeted professional development.

(For a listing of all comments, see Appendix K)



34. Do you intend to return to OUSD next year?


                              Intend to Return to OUSD Next Year



   No




  Yes




    0.00%   10.00%   20.00%   30.00%   40.00%   50.00%   60.00%    70.00%   80.00%   90.00%   100.00%

                                        Response Percent (n=255)




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35. Have adverse conditions caused you to seriously consider leaving the Oakland
Unified School District?


               Adverse Conditions Cause Consideration of Leaving OUSD



  No




  Yes




   43.00% 44.00% 45.00% 46.00% 47.00% 48.00% 49.00% 50.00% 51.00% 52.00% 53.00% 54.00%

                                   Response Percent (n=260)




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