In collaborative settings, finding a common starting point to discuss teaching conditions can be challenging. To assist with this process, a series of discussion prompts were created for many teaching conditions topics to provide participants with a starting point and begin productive conversations. The prompts are designed to target conversations around the specific item of focus and to encourage critical thinking about the factors influencing that condition across the school. These tools are not the only questions to ask when discussing teaching conditions at your school, but they are a great place to begin. Click on any of the construct areas below to view the individual item prompts about teaching conditions related to that particular topic area.

Construct Definitions

Time: Available time to plan, collaborate and provide instruction and barriers to maximizing time during the school day.

Facilities and Resources: Availability of instructional, technology, office, communication, and school resources to teachers.

Community Support and Involvement: Community and parent/guardian communication and influence in the school.

Teacher Leadership: Teacher involvement in decisions that impact classroom and school practices.

School Leadership: The ability of school leadership to create trusting, supportive environments and address teacher concerns.

Professional Development: Availability and quality of learning opportunities for educators to enhance their teaching.

Instructional Practices and Support: Data and supports available to teachers to improve instruction and student learning.