Employee engagement in the K-12 space is an issue that every school and district must grapple with.
Simply put, engagement encompasses the commitment, involvement and passion that an employee brings to their work. It touches everyone—teachers, custodians, bus drivers, food service workers, frontoffice personnel—and the consequences directly affect the performance and achievement of students.
For example, students intuitively know when a teacher is just going through the motions, without caring about them or their progress. Students will steadily lose interest in learning, become discouraged and unmotivated. But this danger is not restricted only to classrooms. It can flare up anywhere in the school:
• custodians who don't take pride in their job
• administrators who become careless about their responsibilities
• bus drivers who call in sick repeatedly