Raleigh, N.C. - Gov. Mike Easley today announced that New Bridge Middle School is one of 15 Real D.E.A.L. (Dedicated Educators, Administrators & Learners) award winners for 2008. The schools were selected for the honor on the basis of excellent teaching and learning conditions and outstanding student achievement.
"Six years ago, we administered the first Teacher Working Conditions Survey to make sure when educators speak, North Carolina listens," Governor-elect Beverly Purdue said. "Staff at the Real D.E.A.L. schools have taken a leading role in using survey feedback to create a better environment for teachers and students and they have set an example for schools across the country to follow."
The winners were recognized on December 4, 2008 at the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Conference in Cary. The conference is funded by the National Education Association and AT&T. At the conference, staff from the 15 Real D.E.A.L. schools made presentations about best practices and successful strategies employed in their school to more than 400 teachers, school administrators and education leaders from across the country. More information about each Real D.E.A.L. school is available on the Governor's Teacher Working Conditions web site at http://www.ncteachingconditions.org/.
In 2002, North Carolina administered the first Teacher Working Conditions Survey and became the first state in the nation to ask its teachers what they need to succeed. Today, more than 20 states have implemented similar initiatives and the national magazine Education Week has named the survey as an indicator of quality on state education report cards.
In 2008, a record 104,000 teachers and administrators from 100 percent of North Carolina's public schools responded to the survey. As was the case in previous years, data from the survey showed strong and significant connections between positive teacher working conditions and student achievement. In particular, survey results showed that schools with strong, supportive leadership and schools with sufficient resources had students performing at higher levels. A complete report on the results of the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Survey results compiled by the New Teacher Center at the University of California in Santa Cruz will be available at http://www.ncteachingconditions.org/ in January 2009.