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Listen Now! Teaching During Covid: The Inverness Teacher Survey Project
Published on February 19, 2021
In a quest to more deeply understand how the Covid-19 pandemic, resultant school closures and the subsequent return to the classroom has affected teaching and learning in California, the nonprofit
Inverness Institute followed more than 100 leading teachers across the state over two years.
Through three detailed surveys starting in January 2021, with follow-up surveys in April-May 2021 and March 2022, the research team has created a detailed picture of challenges teachers and their students have faced over the past two years.
In the sections below, you will find an analysis of the survey results as well as
EdSource coverage of the findings.
Teachers reflect on their experiences as they adapt to serve their students during the pandemic through distance learning.
Teachers discuss the challenges and the limits of a partial reopening and returning to the classroom.
Teachers reflect on the 2021-22 school year, its challenges and silver linings.
In the sections below, you will find a detailed analysis of the survey results and
About the project
The Inverness Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education, established the California Teacher Consultant Response Network (TCRN) in December 2020. TCRN members are among the most accomplished teachers in California, having distinguished themselves by their membership in the Instructional Leadership Corps, being National Board-certified or by their membership in various professional networks. The Inverness researchers include Mark St. John, Laurie Lopez, Allison Murray, Pam Tambe and independent consultant Daniel Humphrey. EdSource is partnering with Inverness in presenting the findings. The Stuart Foundation is providing the seed funding for the launch of this project.
The full collection of over 4,000 comments are available on the
Inverness Institute website. Read more:
June 14, 2021
Many of the 136 veteran California teachers surveyed found hybrid learning was enervating, and districts didn't seek advice on reopening.
March 30, 2021
Many teachers agree that distance learning forced them to focus on what's important and to listen closely to the views of students.
February 26, 2021
Teachers surveyed report they’ve relied primarily on their colleagues and themselves to figure out teaching during the pandemic.
February 19, 2021
In the first of a series capturing teachers' experiences, most express alarm over the pandemic's impact on learning and mental health.
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