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News Release - Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Hammond Encourage Educators to TELL Colorado

Feb. 9, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Hammond encourage educators to TELL Colorado

Statewide survey of teaching and learning conditions launches Wednesday, Feb. 11 with special kickoff event

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond urge all school-based educators to complete the statewide survey of teaching and learning conditions. The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Colorado survey is available to all school-based educators beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11.

"It's important to hear directly from our educators who work in Colorado's schools every day and know them best,” Hickenlooper said. “Your voice matters. We are listening, so please take this chance to TELL Colorado’s leaders what you need to do your jobs well."

A special kickoff event to launch the survey will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Rose Hill Elementary (Adams County School District 14), 6900 E. 58th Ave., in Commerce City. Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond, Adams 14 District Superintendent Pat Sanchez and other dignitaries will attend.

Commissioner Hammond appreciates the data the survey results yield. "This is our fourth iteration of the TELL Survey. Our school districts have used the TELL results to make improvements in our schools and classrooms. They’ve worked to create professional development opportunities for staff and to differentiate supports to their schools. The TELL Survey does make a difference.”

The TELL Colorado Survey will anonymously capture educators’ perceptions about teaching and learning conditions. Research indicates these conditions influence student achievement and teacher retention. Each Colorado school will receive its own data for ongoing improvement planning – if at least a 50 percent of their staff participates.

The TELL Colorado Survey will be online between Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Monday, March 9. Responses will be anonymous and confidential. For more information, visit

Educators receive a personal security code which allows them to go online and provide their perceptions on the critical issues of time, facilities and resources, community engagement and support, student conduct management, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, instructional practices and support and resources for new teachers.

The 2015 survey is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education and is being launched in partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Colorado Association of School Boards, the Colorado Education Association, the Colorado Association of School Executives and the Colorado League of Charter Schools.