Survey results suggest LENA Grow improves educators’ professional outlook


Early childhood educator sitting on the floor talking with a group of toddlers

As more and more early childhood educators participate in LENA Grow (over 4,800 as of the date of this blog post), we’re intent on making sure of a few very important things:

It’s that last bullet point that we want to concentrate on here. Last year, 41 educators participating in LENA Grow completed the Teacher Perception Survey before and after participating in the program. The survey measures how their perceptions about the early childhood profession may have changed.

Specifically, they answered 14 total questions on a scale of one to five. Each question fell into one of three domains:

  • Beliefs and actions that support equitable language development — for instance, how much they read to their students, how often they talk with families about children’s language development, and how often behavioral issues arise.
  • Job satisfaction — for instance, how often they feel stressed, how often they tell friends they enjoy their job, and how valued they feel as early childhood educators.
  • Self-efficacy — for instance, how confident they are in their students’ future school success, in their ability to interpret data, and in their being on the cutting edge of the early childhood education workforce.

Here are some highlights from the results:

  • Within each domain, at least half of the teachers who had room to improve showed gains.
  • Pre/post gains occurred in 12 of 14 total questions.
  • Seven questions saw statistically significant increases:
Self-efficacy Beliefs and actions that support equitable language development Job satisfaction
How confident are you in your ability to read and interpret data graphs? How often do you talk to families about their child’s language development? How comfortable do you feel talking with other professionals about the challenges you face daily?
How confident are you that you’re on the cutting edge of the early childhood education workforce? How much talk is there during snacks and mealtime?
How confident are you in your students’ future school success?  On most days, how many times do you read with children in your care?
Bar graph showing the questions with the biggest gains from LENA's Teacher Perception Survey.

Click to enlarge this graph showing the seven questions with the biggest gains from the Teacher Perception Survey.

Results like these complement the most affirming feedback of all: educators’ personal stories. As we continue to refine and improve the LENA Grow program, we’re committed to maximizing its impact not just on individual children’s lives, but also on early educators’ careers.

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Taking everything LENA has learned from the teachers who have completed the program, the researchers who have evaluated it, and the implementing partners who have made it a reality in communities around the world, we’re excited to announce the new LENA Grow.

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The LENA Team is a dedicated group of professionals who are passionate about increasing awareness of the importance of early interactive talk. We are statisticians, speech-language pathologists, curriculum specialists, engineers, and linguists.

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