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Want to show teachers appreciation? This top school gives them more freedom

BY TERRY SPENCER Associated Press
Posted 5/10/24

When teachers at A.D. Henderson School, one of the top-performing schools in Florida, are asked how they succeed, one answer is universal: They have autonomy.

Nationally, most teachers report feeling stressed and overwhelmed at work, according to a Pew Research Center survey of teachers last fall. Waning job satisfaction over the last two decades has accompanied a decline in teachers' sense of autonomy in the classroom, according to a recent study out of Brown University and the University of Albany.

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