DeLeT Longitudinal Survey

The DeLeT Survey explores key issues regarding teacher education, retention and quality. We are creating a unique source of longitudinal quantitative data on the evolving careers and lives of Jewish day school teachers.

What does it take to recruit, prepare, support and retain excellent teachers for Jewish day schools?

> New Report Measures Preparation, Retention and Satisfaction of DeLeT Alumni

Watch this spotlight session from the 2011 Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference to discuss these issues, drawing on findings from the Delet Alumni Survey.

> See excerpts from this presentation on YouTube

Study Design and Goals

The ongoing DeLeT longitudinal survey project collects data to inform Jewish education researchers and practitioners, as well as policy makers, about issues concerning teacher preparation, careers, and teacher quality. The DeLeT longitudinal survey collects its data through the following three surveys:

  • Incoming Survey - For each entering cohort
  • Graduation Survey - For each graduating cohort
  • Alumni Survey - For all alumni, biannually [view the alumni survey instrument]

We aim to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the career choices that DeLeT fellows make and the factors that shape their choices to stay in teaching, become teacher leaders or administrators or leave the classroom to pursue alternative careers. We also seek to understand more about their views of day school teaching, and how their teaching practice and professional identities develop and are shaped by their interactions with school leadership and professional communities in their schools.

Project update (November 2013)

The project is gearing up toward the distribution of the fourth alumni survey to cohorts 1 through 10, scheduled to begin in March 2014.

  • Current research is focused on factors contributing to teacher retention and leadership and on programmatic effects on teachers' preparedness and commitments to teaching in Jewish day schools.
  • For the first time since its inception, a few programs preparing teachers for jewish day schools have shown interest in adopting the Delet alumni survey to document and better understand the impact of their program and track the careers of graduates.

Project leader: Eran Tamir
Research Associates: Sally Lesik, Nili Pearlmutter

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