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I need your voice! What do you believe about your own efficacy for influencing student learning while working under education sanctions?

Hello! I am a dissertation candidate through Northcentral University and I am interested in knowing your beliefs about your ability to positively impact student learning while operating under school accountability sanctions. This study seeks to explore what skills or knowledge teachers and principals believe are critical to support their ability to impact student learning while also trying to implement school reform initiatives.This study includes a survey and interviews. If you would like to know more, please email me at

If you would like to take the survey, please follow the appropriate link below:

Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale    
 Principal Sense of Efficacy Scale  

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I think the students must be made to understand the essence of the accountability sanctions to their overall aim as students.

Would you mind taking the survey? The link is included above. I would love to hear what else you have to say!



I see that it is mainly set up for the states only, would you like insight from other educators from around the world? I know we cannot directly experience what is being discussed, but it may be of interest from an outsiders perspective. I (and I'm sure other non-American based teachers) would be more than happy to give some additional perspective if you like.


I would welcome you insight! I had thought to target US teachers and administrators because it is the group I operate in and know all the Federal Accountability Sanctions. However, much of my research does pull in other countries. I can fix the survey to include country.  It would create an interesting  comparison to hear what other countries are experiencing as well. 

Thank you for your interest!

Hi, do you have a survey for private school founders?  :D 

Are you a founding principal or director? That would work I think. If you are more a superintendent or board member then  no. Go in and look at the principal survey. See if it fits your situation. If it does and your school fits my criteria for interviews, super! 

  Hi Teresa.  Yes, I am a "founding principal" in the sense that our institution was born out of my frustration with bureaucratic education systems that do not learn, evolve or innovate as I know they all could.

  I was so sick of the idea that administrators whom have either never taught or whom have been disassociated with teaching grade students and teachers with bubble sheets.   I was fed up with the idea that if you get bad grades it's because there is something wrong with you rather than a failure of the system or of the teacher.  

  Andrew Johnson is our headmaster now though so I guess that would make me the "director", though I see myself more as a helper or facilitator.  We have the same definition for success and he's pretty much got academic creative control so long as it satisfies our core values; Integrity first, Students before self and Excellence in all we do.   

  What all that means is we've tried to create a platform where teachers can teach from the heart and nobody is standing in their way when it comes to giving the kids what they need and want in life, not just what is in the book.  

  Of course our team is still accountable for what, how and how much they teach.  It's an interesting challenge to give teachers creative control on an individual level and still maintain a standardized learning program!  


  Anyway I'll fill out your principal survey and see if our organization fits.  


PLEASE also leave your contact information. I would like hear more about your experiences. It sounds that your previous experiences may be what I am looking to hear about and what you believe should been happening. 

Thanks for your help.


I believe that efficacy of a mentor play a major role when it comes to making the students learn and be accountable for anything. As it's said that a preacher has to show as the subject being practiced by himself before he can ask others to follow. That's the actual sign of a good leader or a teacher for that matter.

Spot on, Martin!

Agreed.  Research shows that teachers and principals must have strong sense of their own self-efficacy in order to build the self-efficacy of students. 

Please follow the link and take the survey. 

Teresa, I guess this must have been researched already too but I know this is true about parents too.   What do you think?



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