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Teacher survey 3:

California’s leading teachers reflect on the 2021-22 school year

Published on July 12, 2022

Teachers — California’s leading teachers — are telling us that students, parents, teachers, schools, districts and communities have been struggling during the return to in-person instruction.

What if you could talk about all this with 100 of California’s leading teachers across the state?

In 2021, the Inverness Institute’s Teacher Consultant Response Network members responded to two surveys about their experiences in the classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Inverness Institute, in partnership with EdSource, published a series of spotlights portraying the different issues raised by accomplished teachers across California.

One year later, nearly 100 of these teachers have weighed in yet again, sharing their classroom experiences and perspectives on teaching in the current environment. The two survey spotlights below enable you to see and hear what teachers around the state are saying.

Our goal in each spotlight is to elevate teachers’ voices. We begin with audio/video comments from a few of the teachers, followed by samples of a wide range of teachers’ views. Next, we present the survey data on each of the topic areas. At the end of the spotlight, we present a brief analysis of the data.

Survey Spotlights

Spotlight 1: Teachers reflect on how students, teachers and the community are doing in the wake of Covid

Leading teachers describe their impressions of their students’ return to in-person instruction, and they have many concerns about how students are faring.

Spotlight 2: Teachers reflect on the future of education, find silver linings and offer recommendations

Amid the challenges of returning to in-person instruction after the turmoil of the pandemic, teachers find bright spots and offer suggestions for policymakers.


EdSource Interview with the researchers

Key findings from the 2022 Inverness teacher survey

Listen to EdSource’s John Fensterwald talk with two of the Inverness Institute lead researchers about some of their major findings.