Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has announced the results of the third annual Educator Confidence Report, a survey of over 1,200 teachers and school and district administrators which investigates key issues including educator sentiment, technology readiness, community engagement and the state of the teaching profession.
Additional findings from the 2017 Educator Confidence Report include:
- Professional development and meaningful, collaborative relationships with colleagues are crucial to success:
- 63% of educator's report that colleagues are the number one resource they turn to when it comes to learning about educational technology implementation. About half (47%) of educators rely on formal professional development from their school district, while close to two-thirds (63%) of educators report using their own money to engage in professional development opportunities. In addition, educators indicate they could use additional resources to help them more effectively implement educational technology.
- Educators want greater family involvement:
- More engagement from parents (52%) was the number one thing educators wanted more of in the classroom. This was followed closely by more time to collaborate with colleagues (49%).
- Confidence in the state of education varies among job type:
- 53% of educator's report having a positive outlook on the overall state of education, compared to 42% in 2016. Administrators, at both the school and district level, have a more positive outlook (72%) than classroom teachers (47%).
The Educator Confidence Report is an independent study, distributed to a diverse national cross section and was conducted by the market research agency MDR, on behalf of HMH. The administrative group included school principals, superintendents, curriculum heads and chief technology and chief information officers. Teachers from across the K-12 spectrum completed the survey. Math, science, social studies, English language arts and literacy, and general classroom teachers were represented.
To learn more about the 2017 Educator Confidence Report, which examines additional topics including social media usage among educators, widely used teaching strategies used alongside technology and the future of education, please visit http://learn.hmhco.com/ECR2017