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I would love to know if there are large scale surveys out there that study how the quality of teacher/administration interaction and support either promotes teacher effectiveness and retention or diminishes it. As your article states, too often the organizational context in which teachers teach is not scrutinized or even recognized as having a significant impact on teacher AND student performance. My particular area of interest is administrative bullying and the degree to which administrators pass the pressure of success on to teachers rather than doing a bit of self-examination themselves. Please let me know if you know of data or studies that have been done in this area or even of literature that touches upon the reality of administrative bullying of teachers. Many thanks, Sylvie Stewart Elementary Music Teacher Nashua, NH

Hi Sylvie – There are some good large-scale surveys that address the quality of teacher/administrator interactions, although we know of none that directly get at the question of administrative bullying that you mention. One great source for large scale survey data is from the New Teacher Center’s Teacher Working Conditions Survey. Many states such as North Carolina and Massachusetts post results from this survey on-line. Another example is the 5 Essentials School Survey by the Consortium on Chicago School Research. New York City is also doing some interesting work using a recently redesigned school survey.

There is another one, Quality of work-life survey" published by American Federation of Teachers. It tells you among other things, how surveyed teachers feel about their Supervisors, School Board and media among others.Interesting question to know is how is the staff represented? Is this culturally diverse?in terms of the student body?

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