Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s second annual Educator Confidence Report examines educator sentiment on a range of issues, including technology use in classrooms, professional learning opportunities, and overall comfort and familiarity with digital learning tools.
Key takeaways from the report include:
● 58% reported a desire for more parent and family engagement
● 84% spend their own money on professional development
● Facebook is the most popular social media tool educators use to communicate with families (although district administrators have a slight preference for Twitter)
● Educators expressed less concern about teacher accountability requirements (50%) compared to last year (63%)
● Concern about meeting the requirements of Common Core/state standards assessments dropped 11 percentage points (from 58% to 47%)
● 39% are administering end-of-year state assessments in a digital format
● Newer teachers (10 or fewer years of experience) use social media to engage with students more often than more experienced educators
● More experienced teachers (11+ years) use tools such as digital whiteboards and online assessments with greater frequency than newer teachers.
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