Welcome to the Innovation Education Survey

Sponsored by the Innovation Education Team of the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School “Leadership & Change in an Innovation Society” Class – Spring 2008

This survey is open to licensed teachers in the United States and China until April 30, 2008.

We appreciate your voluntary contribution to this survey. You are under no obligation to participate. Your responses will be anonymous and data collected will be tabulated and reported in aggregate form only. In addition, your completion of this survey indicates your consent to participate in our project. Should you wish to contact a member of the project team, please do so via email addresses listed at the bottom of this page. Preliminary results will be posted for comment and discussion on or before April 20, 2008 at:

Innovation Education Blog

Final results will be posted by May 12, 2008

* 1. Please answer a few demographic questions:

* 2. How many years have you been teaching?

* 3. What do you teach?

* 4. Which best describes the location where you teach?

* 5. On a scale of 1 to 6 – What impact does your overall workplace environment have on your ability to bring innovative ideas to the way you teach your students?

* 6. On a scale of 1 to 6 – What impact does your administration’s decision-making process have on your attitude about working as a teacher?

* 7. On a scale of 1 to 6 – Please rank the impact of standardized testing and accountability policies on your school as an innovative work environment.

* 8. On a scale of 1 to 6 - Please rank the impact of standardized testing and accountability policies on your ability to improve student achievement through innovative teaching methods.

* 9. On a scale of 1 to 6 – Think about where you get your inspirations for innovation as a teacher and rank the following list according to the impact of their contributions on you, personally, as a teacher:

  1 Extremely Negative 2 Very Negative 3 Somewhat Negative 4 Somewhat Positive 5 Very Positive 6 Extremely Positive
Local Teachers Union
Staff Development
Federal Government
State Government
Other Teachers
Education Minnesota
Personal Experience
District Administration
Professional Associations
School Board
Curriculum & Instruction

* 10. On a scale of 1 - 6, Which of the following best represents your beliefs about what is necessary for innovation in your classroom:

  1 Extremely Unimportant 2 Very Unimportant 3 Somewhat Unimportant 4 Somewhat Important 5 Very Important 6 Extremely Important
Rigor in Curriculum
High Standards
Freedom for Creativity
Increased Compensation
More Prep Time
Reduced Student Mobility
Parent Involvement at School
Parent Involvement at Home

* 11. On a scale of 1 to 6 – How would you rank your school district’s ability to keep pace with change in today’s society with respect to you and your students:

* 12. On a scale of 1 to 6 – How would you rank your school organization’s efforts to gather information about the impact of organizational change from classroom teachers before making decisions?

* 13. Would you find a forum for offering information to leaders about the impacts of possible decisions on your classroom useful?

* 14. On a scale of 1 to 6 what is the impact of existing teacher recognition efforts on you personally?

* 15. Please characterize your work environment in one of the two following ways:

* 16. Which one of the following environments do you believe is most conducive to helping people adopt innovation in the classroom?

* 17. Last question: If you were given the opportunity to choose one change for your classroom or the educational system as a whole, what would you choose?

(In this scenario there would be no barriers – you would be free to choose and implement a creative and productive idea with no strings attached.)

The primary goal of this project is to determine if there is open discussion involving teachers as professionals in decisions about change and innovation. We are extremely interested in hearing your thoughts regarding the current state of education, what could be improved, and what you perceive as opportunities or restrictions to infusing innovation/creativity/individuality into the classroom. We would appreciate your sharing those thoughts through comments on the blog:

Innovation Education Blog

However, the blog is within the public domain and anonymity cannot be guaranteed. If you wish to submit a comment and remain anonymous, please send it to one of the following email addresses and we will post your comments after removing identifying information. Please feel free to use any of the email addresses listed below.

Thank you, again for taking time to assist us. It is greatly appreciated.

Mike Fink mikef@gwspromote.com
Ben Cashen joh02855@umn.edu
Kristi Mueller muell597@umn.edu
Jen Trochinski troc0021@umn.edu
Sarah Waldemar s-wolg@umn.edu
Wendy Wustenberg wust0002@umn.edu
Kun Yang yangqwin@gmail.com