In January, more than 8,500 members of Team DPS -- 65% of you -- shared your voice and let us know how we're doing as a district and as leaders through the annual CollaboRATE employee engagement survey.
Typically, CollaboRATE results are released in February; however, due to the timing related to the teacher strike and the transitions that followed, this year’s release was delayed. We appreciate your patience and are excited to share that the results are in -- and they show some celebrations for Team DPS as well as opportunities to improve.
This year, we saw an increase from 82% to 85% in School/Department engagement. This means that more of our team members feel valued, believe their job has a positive impact and are proud to work at their school or department.
As part of CollaboRATE, every DPS educator gets to provide feedback on their leaders. Our central and school leaders continue to receive strong ratings; this year we saw an increase from 81% to 82% on leader effectiveness.
Along with what we're doing well, the CollaboRATE survey also highlighted areas where we need to improve. From 2018 to 2019, our engagement at the district level dropped from 76% to 70%. This is not a surprise given the transition of leadership and unique events that occurred this year.
Specifically, there was a decline in “District leadership has communicated a vision of the future that is motivating to me” and “The top priorities of DPS are likely to drive student achievement.” It should be noted that these opinions were collected while educators were still waiting to hear about Susana’s vision and priorities.
We are a learning organization and will use your feedback to guide us into the next school year. Your leaders have received their engagement and leadership results that includes team members’ valuable feedback. Thank you to everyone who participated to provide these insights and we look forward to hearing your voice again next year.