Expect More Arizona — AZ Teachers on Returning to the Classroom

| June 16, 2020
Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona, in partnership with the State Board of Education, recently conducted a survey of K-12 teachers. The purpose of the survey was to assess sentiment about how teaching and learning went this spring, and to find out how educators are feeling about returning to school later this summer. Nearly 11,000 teachers from across the state completed the voluntary survey. The results will be shared in three phases, first with a focus on reopening schools.

Results from phase one show Arizona educators have many concerns about getting back to teaching. The majority of teachers (79%) plan to return to the classroom, however 18 percent were still undecided in late May.

By far, teachers’ biggest concerns about returning to school are the health and safety of staff and students. Other key areas of concern include student mental health and helping students catch up.

Teachers also expressed a real desire to be involved in the school reopening planning process, but at the time of the survey, most had not been involved in planning for the new year (56%).

We recognize it is likely that many schools have engaged teachers over the last few weeks: Thank you to those that already have! For those schools that have not, this is an important time to do so. Whether through surveys, school reopening committees, or asking teachers to model ideas for what their classrooms might look like, there are many opportunities to include the voices of teachers in school reopening plans.

As Arizona is already experiencing a teacher retention crisis, the results from the survey are also a call to action to create safe environments that ensure our teachers return when school reopens. Implementing safety protocols, giving more sick time without penalty, ensuring cleaning supplies are available, or offering options to teach in person or online for teachers who are at risk, are just a few ideas teachers have shared.

You can find more phase one results on our website, as well as an opportunity to take action.


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