“We believe that the future of learning will be powered to a meaningful degree by technology yet centered on human connection, and this year’s survey data gives us clear insight into how to realize that vision,” said Jack Lynch, CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “Educators are telling us that today’s status quo isn’t cutting it, but they also see a path to the future. Importantly, that path relies on addressing basic needs like wellbeing and mental health concerns, both for teachers and students, supported by connected technology that allows educators and focus on what matters most, human relationships.”
Community: A Need for Broad Support
Educators report needing more consideration for their overall wellbeing now, with 78 percent of educators stating that their top concern is the mental health of their peers. The majority also need more aid in the classroom, with 64 percent saying they need adequate funding for classroom supplies and resources. According to today’s educators, improved salary and benefits (90 percent) and more support for educator well-being (67 percent) would make the profession more appealing to new educators.
“On top of concerns around student wellness and performance, educators are increasingly worried about their peers,” said Francie Alexander, Chief Research Officer at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “To nurture their needs, we must invest in tools to help our educators make the connections with their networks in ways that best serve them. Parents, administrators, policymakers and community members are all needed to support teachers and foster a new generation of educators.”
Customization: Personalization for Students and Educators
Data shows that educators believe the future of the classroom is personalized—for both students and teachers, with data-driven, personalized edtech solutions making it possible to meet everyone where they are. Seventy-nine percent of educators say customized learning based on what students know and what they need would most transform learning and teaching in the future.
With pandemic-induced interrupted learning continuing to stay top of mind in the classroom, educators said the top tools to aid sustained learning recovery were targeted instructional materials or resources (62 percent), followed by supplemental resources (55 percent). When looking ahead, 65 percent of educators say technology solutions that connect instruction—including supplemental and remediation work—and assessment on one platform are will transform the next era of education.
Additional key findings from the eighth annual Educator Confidence Report include:
- Community support for teacher compensation is key for not only retention, but for the future of the profession. Concerns about teacher salaries are up 16 percent since 2020, and when looking forward to the next school year, a higher salary would be most motivating for educators, especially teachers (84 percent).
- Teachers are looking for more appreciation, respect and “trust in their experience.” When considering long-term developments to support the profession, educators want increased community support and engagement (52 percent) – as respect for the role of the teacher is down 26 percent since 2020 and a strengthening of the connection between families and schools has dipped 18 percent since 2020.
- Educator and student wellbeing emerges as a top theme coming out of the pandemic. Sixty-one percent of educators agree the most positive thing to come out of pandemic-era schooling is the increased attention paid to student social and emotional needs. For this reason, there is a strong agreement around the need for well-planned SEL programs (87 percent).
This press release originally appeared online.
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