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Understanding Teacher Motivation

Nearly all school improvement initiatives are top-down. Rarely do they considering the goals and challenges of teachers in their daily work with their students. Using the Jobs to Be Done Framework, a new study by the Clayton Christensen Institute uncovers what motivates teachers to change their instructional practices. This session will present the theory and findings and how they can be used to inform strategies for successful innovation in schools.

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  1. Understand the Jobs To Be Done theory and how it can be used to better understand the needs of key stakeholders
  2. Understand 4 key “Jobs” that motivate teachers to seek and implement new, innovative instructional practices
  3. Apply the research findings to inform design strategies and broaden buy-in for successfully school innovation initiatives



Thomas Arnett, Sr Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute

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