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Teacher Wellness

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  • Achieving Balance as a Time-Starved School Leader

    Making these intentional choices at and after school can help set administrators up for long-term success.
    Nick Davies
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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. 
    129.6k
  • 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.
    113.6k
  • 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.
    64.5k
  • 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.
    38.1k
  • Illustration of a person contemplating a maze it their head

    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.
    46.3k
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    Defending a Teacher’s Right to Disconnect

    Remember personal time? For many educators, technology has driven it toward extinction—and it’s time to get serious about reclaiming it.
    23.3k
  • 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.
    30.1k
  • What Can Teachers Subtract From Their Workloads?

    Cutting back on things that wear teachers down can make a real difference in their well-being and professional outlook.
    810
  • Why Schools Should Stop Adding and Adopt a ‘Subtraction Mindset’

    When trying to solve problems, we rarely think of what to take away. As schools face new crises, is subtraction the secret weapon to getting them back on track?
    7.7k
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    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
    33.5k
  • 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.
    35.8k
  • How Teachers Can Set SEL Intentions

    When teachers reflect on their own SEL needs, they can model effective communication and relationship skills in the classroom. 
    271
  • Illustration of a boy with scribbled lines on his head that indicate stress and anxiety.

    In High School, the Kids Are Not All Right

    With social and academic pressure mounting, a teacher shares what he’s learned about tracking his students’ mental well-being.
    33.5k
  • 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.
    15.6k

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