Introduction

Acorn is a nonprofit that supports public schools teachers by providing them with a community of peers, mentors, and funders who will help them introduce STEM in their classrooms. Our platform will give our target audience access to personalized trainings that will allow teachers to stay up to date with the latest developments in their disciplines and build comprehensive curricula in a variety of disciplines at lower costs. We believe strongly that supporting teachers is the best way to meet students’ needs because they play a crucial role in students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being.

This survey will be used to help inform the design of our platform and create content that is relevant to educators and others in the sector.

You are invited to participate in a web-based online survey on the teacher and educator experience. This is a research project being conducted by Acorn Labs. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

PARTICIPATION
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason.

BENEFITS
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses may help us learn more about the teaching experience and the education sector in the United States. 

RISKS
There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this study other than those encountered in day-to-day life.

CONFIDENTIALITY
As a participant, you will be asked to answer questions based on your experience as an educator. There are no anticipated risks of this study, any greater than everyday computer use in an online Google website environment. Every reasonable effort will be made to protect your privacy and information confidentiality. Your name will not be included in any of this survey’s forms, questionnaires, etc. No individual’s responses will be reported; results will be reported only in the aggregate. If you are interested in seeing these results, you may contact the principal investigator. While there is no direct benefit to you for participation in the study, it is reasonable to expect that the results may provide information of value for the field of education.

Your identity as a participant will remain confidential. Your name will not be included in any forms, questionnaires, etc. This consent form is the only document identifying you as a participant in this study; it will be stored securely in Google Drive, available only to the Acorn staff, who are legal obligated to only use the data in their role as an Acorn staff member. If you are interested in seeing these results, you may contact Acorn staff.

At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are interested in participating in an additional interview (by phone, in person, or over email). If you choose to provide contact information such as your phone number or email address, your survey responses may no longer be anonymous to the researcher. However, no names or identifying information will be included in any publications or presentations based on these data, and your responses to this survey will remain confidential.

CONTACT
If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you may contact info@acornlabs.org.

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* 1. Electronic Consent: Please select your choice below. You may print a copy of this consent form for your records. Clicking on the “Agree” button indicates that: You have read the above information. You voluntarily agree to participate. You are 18 years of age or older.

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