Teachers' Experiences Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a new report by Associate Professor Matthew Kraft and Nicole S. Simon (CUNY) was published in June 2020. Sustaining a Sense of Success: The Importance of Teacher Working Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a recent working paper by Kraft, Simon, and Melissa Arnold Lyon, was published in August 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools across the country this year, forcing traditional learning approaches to quickly be adapted to digital learning. In Spring 2020, teachers shared their working conditions and experiences in the Teaching From Home Survey co-developed by Associate Professor Matthew Kraft and Nicole S. Simon (CUNY). A diverse sample of more than 7,000 teachers working across nine southern, midwestern, and eastern states “reported a range of challenges related to engaging students in remote learning and balancing their professional and personal responsibilities.” Using data from pre-post and retrospective surveys, Kraft, Simon, and Arnold Lyon discovered these key highlights:
- 53% of teachers reported that their sense of success declined while teaching remotely.
- Teachers in schools with more supportive remote working conditions were twice as likely to sustain a sense of success during the pandemic than teachers working in less supportive conditions.
- Teachers who could depend on their district and school-based leadership for strong communication, targeted training, meaningful collaboration, fair expectations, and recognition of their efforts were least likely to experience declines in their sense of success.
The entire working paper, Sustaining a Sense of Success: The Importance of Teacher Working Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic, can be accessed here. The Teaching From Home Survey can be found here.
Additional news coverage includes:
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