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  • For Teachers, It’s Been a Year

    We asked educators to call in and let it all out, wax poetic, or sound off about their experiences teaching during the pandemic—here’s what they had to say.
  • Under the careful watch of principal Keith Moore (r) and a staffer, in-person learning resumes for the first time since March at Campbell Elementary in Austin.

    Schools, Not Teachers, Must Reduce Stress and Burnout—Here’s How

    Educators’ health and well-being should be prioritized in school culture; school leaders can help create the conditions for that.
    Sarah Gonser
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  • A professional Black woman looks out the window with a reflective expression

    Why Black Teachers Walk Away

    Teachers of color are leaving the profession at staggering rates. A new study highlights some of the reasons why.
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  • 4 Ways to Take a Real Break This Summer

    Some teachers turn downtime into a professional learning opportunity, but unplugging from work has a lot of value.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
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    Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

    Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.
    43.3k
  • A side profile of a young woman. Part of her face is comprised of triangles that are breaking off of her face.

    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
    125.3k
  • An illustration of a woman pushing a large, messy, tangled ball up a hill

    Teaching Your Heart Out: Emotional Labor and the Need for Systemic Change

    Love for their students is what drives many teachers—but it’s also what makes the profession really, really hard.
    52.1k
  • Israeli pupils wearing protective gear make their way to their classroom upon return to school after the COVID-19 lockdown, at Hashalom elementary in Mevaseret Zion, in the suburbs of Jerusalem, on May 3, 2020.

    Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S.

    Children are returning to school in countries that are weeks—or months—ahead of the U.S. in battling Covid-19. Here’s how it’s happening.
    29.6k
  • Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Singing or humming can be a simple way to get the whole classroom recentered when things are out of hand.
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  • An illustration concept of a women experiencing teaching burnout

    Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic

    Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout.
    14.4k
  • Teachers disinfect toys at Hanil Kindergarten in Suwon, South Korea, 26 May 2020. Millions of students throughout South Korea are expected to return to school on 27 May as the country gradually lifts coronavirus restrictions.

    Teachers Around the World Tell Us Reopening Is Tough, but Joyful

    In countries where infection rates have stabilized, schools are reopening. When we asked how that’s going, over 600 teachers responded.
    11.1k
  • Prioritizing Teacher Self-Care

    It’s a simple self-care strategy: Teachers text a colleague to cover their class for a minute when they need to de-escalate and recharge.
    35.2k
  • Colorful silhouettes of people wearing protective face masks against infection

    During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital

    In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning.
    13.3k
  • A black and white illustration of a young woman looking distressed

    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
    29.6k

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