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  • Reframing How to Think About Change in Public Education

    New teachers often become disillusioned because of their inability to effect change in the education system. A new book, ‘The First Five,’ has some helpful advice.
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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.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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  • 5 Ways School Leaders Can Work to Prevent Teacher Burnout

    Retaining teachers can be a challenge, especially now, but focusing on making the workload more manageable helps.
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  • 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.
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  • 6 Things to Consider Before Leaving Teaching

    The demands of teaching can definitely take a toll—to the point that you might feel like you need a change. But before you make that decision, it’s important to make a clear assessment. 
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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.
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  • 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
  • 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.
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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.
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  • Teachers (and Students) Can Only Take So Much

    Rather than push more content and new initiatives, this year teachers and administrators should consider scaling back.
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  • How To Lead With Empathy

    Six ways to build a school culture that prioritizes understanding the experiences and perspectives of others.
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  • Real Actions School Leaders Can Take to Support Teachers

    A district superintendent shares several takeaways from talks with teachers about what they want to see from administration.
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  • 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.
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  • How Burned Out Are You? A Scale For Teachers

    A four-stage framework can help teachers understand the burnout process—and what they can do to protect their well-being and career.

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