“What Would You Want Out of a Policy Leadership Program?” A Questionnaire from the National Academies TAC and CCST CalTAC
The National Academies Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) and the CCST California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) are exploring the creation of full-length workshops for STEM teachers in public policy, communication, or other leadership skills.

At this very early stage in the conversation, we would like to hear from STEM teachers who are interested in public policy engagement, and understand what they see as priorities for their individual goals in professional development, career path, and societal impact.

Originally distributed at the NSTA 2017 session “How Can STEM Teachers Become Effective, Impartial Voices in Public Policy?” No personal information will be recorded, and your responses will be seen and utilized by staff at the National Academies and the California Council on Science and Technology. Questions about this survey may be directed to Jay Labov (JLabov@nas.edu) or Susan Hackwood (hackwood@ccst.us).

There are ten (10) questions in total. This survey is only open to STEM teachers.

Q1. Did you attend our Saturday session at the NSTA 2017 National Conference? *
You do NOT need to have attended the session to complete this survey.
Q2. What grade level(s) do you teach, and what U.S. state do you teach in? *
Your answer
Q3. What level are you in your teaching career? *
Q4. What is your teaching setting? *
Q5. Which level of public policy engagement are you MOST interested in? *
Please rank the following three choices in order of interest, with one (1) being MOST interested and three (3) being LEAST interested.
1 (MOST)
2
3 (LEAST)
Federal-level (e.g. U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education, the White House)
State-level (e.g. state legislature, state department of education, governor’s office)
Local-level (e.g. county office of education, local school district)
Q6. Why are you interested in public policy engagement?
How would an understanding of public policy help you achieve your own goals for professional development, career path, and societal impact?
Your answer
Q7. What aspects of the FEDERAL policy process would you be interested in learning?
Examples include: history of STEM education and Federal policy; how legislation becomes law; understanding the players who inform and set education policy; how education funding is financed and distributed; how and where to effectively engage policymakers; how to build and work across coalitions.
Your answer
Q8. What aspects of the STATE policy process would you be interested in learning?
Examples include: the political history of your state; how legislation becomes law in your state; understanding the players who inform and set education policy; how education funding is financed and distributed; how and where to effectively engage policymakers; how to build and work across coalitions.
Your answer
Q9. What aspects of policy COMMUNICATION would you be interested in learning?
Examples include: understanding advice versus advocacy; writing policy briefs; writing op-eds; participating in public meetings; preparing for a legislative office visit; media training; communicating to the public.
Your answer
Q10. What else would you want out of a policy leadership program?
Tell us your thoughts on anything we haven’t asked about.
Your answer
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