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Teachers' Needs Survey

Dear Educator,

The American Psychological Association (APA) wants to obtain input from America's teachers about their professional development needs.

Why are psychologists interested in teachers and education?

A mission of APA is to improve education at every level, most particularly with regard to the life of children and youth in schools. Psychologists want to reach out to educators and share their expertise in assessment, accountability, professional training (including providing direct services for teachers and students), interventions for behavioral and emotional difficulties, literacy, resilience, student learning, and achievement.

Why is APA asking me for input?

APA does not want to rely only on our perceptions about what teachers need in today's rapidly changing educational landscape. Instead, we want teachers to tell us what they need. We will then use this information to help inform public policy and to design professional development modules and courses for teachers.

Specifically, we are interested in your perceptions of the need for professional development in several areas, including classroom management, instructional practices, classroom diversity, family outreach, and other teaching skills and knowledge.

How long will this survey take, and is it confidential?

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and it is confidential. To protect confidentiality, data will be released in the aggregate only. Survey results will be available on the APA website at

How do I know this survey is legitimate, and do I have any protection as a participant?

The survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Maryland. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or wish to report a research-related concern, please contact: Institutional Review Board Office, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742;; (telephone) 301-405-0678.

To request a copy of the Teachers' Needs Survey or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Heidi Sickler or Rena Subotnik. To request additional information by telephone, please contact Ashley Edmiston at 202-336-5977. We welcome your comments and interest. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation.

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