For many K-12 teachers it’s not just a job — it’s a calling.
Teachers thrive on their ability to engage with students and help them achieve their goals. When the pandemic mandated distance learning, it drove a wedge between teachers and their students, leaving them frustrated and isolated.
K-12 school districts continue to grapple with helping students recover from learning gaps and restoring school communities, and school administrators see the link between teacher morale and low student engagement.
Restoring teacher satisfaction and retaining faculty are top priorities.
Teachers have been clear about what they need. Beyond pay and respect for their experience, they want:
- Meaningful professional support so they can dedicate more time to teaching.
- Support for work-life balance.
- The ability to collaborate with colleagues.
Schools are pursuing a multi-pronged approach to improve the teaching experience. Technology will play an important role. The same Unified Communications investments schools are making to improve the staff working experience also address the list of ‘wants’ teachers have been asking for.
Empower Your Teachers with Mitel-Powered UC Solutions
CTS provides flexible cloud, on-premises, or hybrid UC deployments to support the range of collaboration and communications applications K-12 teachers need to spend more time doing what they do best – teaching.
UC technology allows every teacher to personalize communication workflows to fit their workstyle. With UC capabilities and CTS guiding the way, your teachers can make quick work of administrative tasks. For instance, instead of listening to a series of voicemail messages, teachers can obtain their voicemail in the form of email messages. This helps them scan messages and follow up more efficiently.
Flexibility to do Non-Classroom Work Remotely
The days when teachers were anchored to their classroom after students left for the day are over. Instead, mobile apps and support for a wide range of mobile devices allow teachers to perform non-classroom tasks from anywhere, improving their work-life balance.
To address learning gaps, many schools are investing in learning management systems that allow students to blend their classroom learning experience with remote learning tools and activities. CTS’s Mitel-Powered solutions complement learning management solutions by making teacher/parent communications fast and easy.
Belonging to a Collaborative Teaching Community
Teaching can be a team effort. Collaboration tools and meeting apps allow any teacher to text, chat, or conduct an instant video meeting with a fellow teacher — down the hall or across town — to share ideas about how to apply new tools and techniques.
Feeling Valued and Recognized
When people feel valued and connected to something bigger, it gives them a sense of purpose. CTS’s unified communications solutions provide school administrators and principals with an easy and powerful way to recognize achievements and convey teachers’ pivotal role, like during school-wide video staff meetings or by taking the time to communicate with individual teachers via phone, text, or chat.
The Empowerment Domino Effect
The teaching experience and learning experience are inextricably linked. When teachers feel empowered and recharged, that energy creates a domino effect translating into higher student and parent confidence and satisfaction. Everyone wins.
If you’re looking for ways to help your faculty increase teaching time, improve work-life balance, collaborate with peers, and communicate better with students and parents, contact CTS today at 800.787.4848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.