Re-1 staff to receive anonymous survey
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Teachers throughout the Roaring Fork School District will be sharing their views ” albeit anonymously ” through written surveys regarding standards-based grading, CSAP testing and districtwide communication.
This is the second year that a parent group called Advocates for Carbondale Education is collaborating with Re-1 administrators on a teacher survey, which will allow educators to give their direct input to principals and district administrators.
Representatives from ACE attended the Re-1 board meeting Wednesday evening to discuss survey content. Carbondale resident and ACE representative Bill Lamont had previously e-mailed a draft of the survey to Re-1 superintendent Fred Wall, asking for comment.
Wall, in turn distributed the survey, with his input, to board members for discussion.
“It was excellent,” said Lamont. “The survey is a much better product.”
Wall’s comments included more space for teachers to add detailed responses, and asked for more specifics on testing and instruction.
Lamont said these types of surveys help organizations improve.
“Annual staff satisfaction surveys are common practice with private companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM,” he said. “They provide a way for management to get feedback from employees in order to address issues.”
Lamont said it’s the same with public education.
“One of the things that’s strongly recommended is that parents, students and certainly teachers be surveyed on a regular basis,” he said.
How it began
Lamont said ACE stepped in to help the district devise, distribute and tally the survey results when the idea came up at a parent meeting with Wall and assistant superintendent Judy Haptonstall a year ago last fall.
“We were trying to think of ways to help,” said Lamont. “So when Fred said the district didn’t have the personnel available to conduct a survey, it was very simple. I volunteered. And the district was fine with it.”
The first year, the survey went only to teachers at Carbondale schools.
“Because of those surveys, we were able to increase communication,” said Lamont.
That communication included Wall and Haptonstall meeting with teachers from Carbondale Elementary School twice during the summer to “clear the air,” Lamont said.
“It was very, very positive,” Lamont said. “It was a case of simple miscommunication.”
In addition, in the survey, many teachers expressed interest in learning Spanish, Lamont said.
“That information allowed the district office to make an arrangement with Colorado Mountain College to offer Spanish classes to teachers,” Lamont said.
All the schools, all the teachers
Last year, the survey went only to teachers at Carbondale schools. This year, surveys will be distributed to all public school teachers in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
That change came about because of a request from board member Bruce Wampler.
“I think it was a question of equity,” Lamont said. “Bruce felt that since the survey was going to Carbondale teachers, it should go to all teachers in the district to give them an opportunity to respond.”
Lamont said currently there aren’t comparable parent groups in Basalt and Glenwood Springs that could help with the survey. But after a few well-placed calls, Lamont said he found help to tabulate results.
The district office is also working alongside ACE. At Wednesday night’s board meeting, Wall agreed that the district would distribute the surveys in teacher mailboxes instead of one teacher from each school being responsible for distribution, as was the case last year.
Following board approval at the next meeting Wednesday, March 17, ACE plans to distribute the survey as soon as possible.
Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518
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