Job Satisfaction

Education news, analysis, and opinion about how teachers and staff feel about their jobs, including issues related to burnout and stress
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Teaching Profession Can Teachers 'Quiet Quit?'
Educators talk about setting boundaries around what they are willing to do for work.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 5, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Pandemic Isolation Damaged School Culture. Here’s How Principals Can Reset
I made it my mission to help my staff reconnect and recommit.
Darin A. Thompson, October 4, 2022
4 min read
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Teaching How to Shake the ‘October Blues’ and Rediscover the Joy in Teaching
It's a tough time of the year for educators. These tips from teachers in the field can help you get through it.
Madeline Will, October 3, 2022
6 min read
Missy Gendron RN, Lewiston High School nurse, unpacks pooled COVID-19 testing materials on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine. Gendron is going to be doing a walk through with staff next week. Classroom pooled testing is planned for the week following. Consent for COVID-19 pooled testing is being collected from parents now.
Missy Gendron, a nurse at Lewiston High School in Maine, unpacks COVID-19 testing materials in September 2021.
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Student Well-Being Half of School Nurses Report Being Harassed, Threatened
The past few years have been tough for school nurses for a few different reasons.
Arianna Prothero, September 28, 2022
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Teachers and faculty play a game of Kahoot! to get to know one another better during a Welcome Back training at CICS Bucktown on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Chicago, Ill.
Teachers and faculty play a game to get to know one another better during a Welcome Back training at Chicago's CICS Bucktown in August.
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School & District Management Keep School Staff Motivated All Year Long: Advice From Principals
Here are some of the things—big and small—that school leaders do and say to keep teachers excited about the job.
Denisa R. Superville, September 26, 2022
13 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Here's a Way Forward With Challenging Students
Giving teachers a chance to use their expertise can have stellar results, write two researchers.
Bryan Mascio & Hunter Gehlbach, September 7, 2022
4 min read
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Teaching Profession We Asked Teachers What Inspires Them. Here's What They Said
Teachers share where they are finding inspiration in a new school year.
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, August 23, 2022
2 min read
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School & District Management Citing Safety and Challenges Serving Marginalized Students, Principals Eye the Exit Door
Nearly 40 percent of principals say they plan to quit soon—a finding that probably reflects stressful work conditions.
Denisa R. Superville, August 16, 2022
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Validated by EdWeek, Not by My Administration
"I feel like public school in America is broken," writes a former teacher in this letter to the editor.
August 16, 2022
1 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion How I'm Putting the Joy Back in Teaching This Year
Here are three steps I’m taking to bring back the joy—for my students and for myself.
Domonique Dickson, August 8, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management 7 Ways to Reduce Principal Burnout
Two researchers culled strategies from positive psychology to improve principals' job satisfaction.
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, July 26, 2022
4 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Letter to the Editor A Note of Appreciation
A retired administrator shares why it's so important to appreciate colleagues in this letter to the editor.
July 12, 2022
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School & District Management Superintendents Like Their Jobs Despite All the Drama, a New Survey Shows
Eighty-seven percent of school superintendents said they feel their job is valued in a nationwide survey.
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, July 12, 2022
5 min read
NEA President Becky Pringle speaks on the second day of the 2021 NEA Convention in Denver.
National Education Association President Becky Pringle addresses the NEA representative assembly in 2021.
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Teaching Profession School Safety, Morale, and Filling Shortages: NEA President Dishes on What’s Next For Teachers
Becky Pringle takes EdWeek's questions about the union's safety policies, teacher shortages, and why it moved its conference out of Texas.
Madeline Will, July 6, 2022
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