That’s exactly what our Teacher Advisory Group
did last spring. We are a group of 20 teachers from across the city, and we wanted to hear from our colleagues around Oakland: What affects your job satisfaction and how can we keep you teaching in Oakland?
These questions are especially important in a city feeling the pain of a deepening statewide teacher shortage and high annual turnover.
We will share what we learned from Oakland teachers soon. But first, we wanted to share some information about the survey itself.
Why the Gallup Q12 Engagement Survey? We looked at several survey options and chose the Gallup Q12 for three simple reasons. First, it measures what matters most: Gallup has conducted extensive research to identify the core elements of employee engagement that tie to retention and it has been utilized by thousands of organizations throughout the country to build strong workplaces. Second, it’s short! Teachers are busy, and we liked that the Gallup survey is brief and accessible. Third, the results are actionable. We think that school leaders, community partners, and teachers themselves can and should be a part of the solution to increasing teacher retention across our city. This survey helps us with insight on the areas with greatest opportunity to make a real impact with real solutions.
Who took the Gallup Survey? Our volunteer sample of nearly 500 Oakland public school teachers was diverse across grade levels, subjects taught, years teaching experience, and race. We’re excited to expand the number and diversity of Oakland teacher respondents even further next year.