Ramping Up for the Climate Survey
What Principals Need to Know about the Spring Climate Survey
- Monday, April 27, 2015
- Friday, May 1, 2015
- Monday, May 4, 2015
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015
- Wednesday, May 6, 2015
- Thursday, May 7, 2015
Facts at a Glance
- The Climate Survey for district personnel is conducted once in the Fall and once in the Spring.
- Climate Survey results are used as part of the evaluation system for principals.
- All employees, professional and support, assigned to your campus are expected to take a Climate Survey.
- The questions included in the Climate Survey for each employee differ according to job category (teachers, principal, support staff, etc).
- The questions on the Spring 2015 Climate Survey will be the same questions used in Fall 2014.
- The Climate Survey will be conducted by a third-party company (Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute), and individual responses will remain confidential.
- School-based staff will receive an email inviting them to complete the survey on May 23, 2015. The subject line will be “Dallas ISD Climate Survey from PPRI at Texas A&M.” Those who haven’t received the email in their Outlook mailbox by Thursday, May 24, 2015, should check the spam folder. Each link is unique and can be used only once, so employees are asked to not share or forward the link or use a link sent to another staff member.
- The expected window for the 2015 Spring Climate Survey is from April 23 to May 7, 2015 at 5 p.m.
- Climate Surveys are covered in Board Policy DC (LOCAL) - Employment Practices.
Are all of your staff familiar with the questions? Are there potential questions about what they are being asked?
Does the staff know about the importance of the survey? Do they know the window is relatively narrow and when it ends ... it ends?
All of your staff will receive their survey via email and will complete the survey online. Do they all know how to do this? Do they have ample access to computers?
LESSONS LEARNED AND HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS FROM LAST YEAR
Access to Technology
- Make sure all of your staff members can access their email. Some employees may have never used their email, will need their passwords reset, etc. This can be a very time consuming task, especially with a window of only two weeks. Coordinate with your campus tech to fix any problems of access BEFORE the window opens.
- Make sure all of your staff members have access to a computer. Staff members that do not have their own computers need to know when and where they can access a computer. It also may be beneficial to provide a means for them to get technical assistance during the time they complete the survey.
Clarifying Questions and Sense-Making
The questions on the Spring 2015 Climate Survey will be the same questions used in Fall 2014, so any questions your staff found confusing last time may be confusing for them this time. You should not try to sway or argue HOW the teachers feel, but it does matter if they aren't sure how to answer a question at all. Uncertainty may make them decide to skip the question, or fall back on the "Neutral" response.
- Make time for your staff to review the Climate Survey as a group. This is a good opportunity to revisit previous campus discussions about the survey, while at the same time increasing the familiarity and comfort level of any staff members who are taking it for the first time.
- Encourage discussion of how various items should be interpreted. The goal should be for each staff member to feel confident about giving his or her honest opinion, based on an informed understanding of the questions.
- Review your roster. We will send you a roster showing who received an email. Compare the roster to your current staff list and share any concerns with us. We can pass along information if any staff members are on leave, have resigned, etc. The goal is to have people take the climate survey whose views represent the campus. If someone is hired a week before the survey, does he or she know enough about the campus to provide an informed opinion?
- We would rather someone ask a question than not take the survey. Things happen. Last year, some of the links that were emailed to employees ended up in the spam folder. Once we found out about employees never receiving their link, we were able to send out information to help the situation. Let us know if there is a problem. It may be one affecting many other schools.