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 Could Reimagining Teaching Help Teachers Love Their Jobs More? Here’s How
Some districts and schools have created new roles and opportunities for teachers.
Madeline Will, November 28, 2023
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Q&A Teaching Is Your Job. Why This Author Says It Shouldn't Be Your Whole Identity
The author of "The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life From Work," talks about how teachers can build healthier relationships with their jobs.
Madeline Will, October 11, 2023
9 min read
Principal David Arencibia chats with a student as they make their way to class at Colleyville Middle School in Colleyville, Texas, on April 18, 2023.
Principal David Arencibia chats with a student as they make their way to class at Colleyville Middle School in Colleyville, Texas, on April 18.
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Recruitment & Retention Download DOWNLOADABLE: A Recipe for Creating a School Culture Teachers Don't Want to Leave
It takes the right combination of hiring the right people, supporting their growth, recognizing their good work, and having fun.
1 min read
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Recruitment & Retention From Our Research Center What's Keeping People From Becoming Teachers? An Eye-Popping To-Do List, for One
Ninety percent of educators say that the demands of the job make it harder to recruit and retain teachers.
Alyson Klein, September 27, 2023
1 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Teacher Autonomy Isn't Dead. Here's How to Achieve It
Award-winning teachers and other experts suggest ways to build and maintain this cherished professional freedom.
Elizabeth Heubeck, September 20, 2023
5 min read
Elementary teacher, working at her desk in an empty classroom.
Teaching Profession Teachers Work 50-Plus Hours a Week—And Other Findings From a New Survey on Teacher Pay
Planning, preparation, and other duties stretch teachers' working hours long past what's in their contracts.
Madeline Will, September 12, 2023
5 min read
Photograph of young woman teacher sitting at her school desk scatters documents by tossing them over her head.
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Teaching Profession 7 Duties Teachers Would Gladly Stop Doing
Teachers sound off on social media about duties they'd rather not have this year.
Elizabeth Heubeck, August 9, 2023
2 min read
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School & District Management What the Research Says Keeping Principals on the Job: These Numbers Show How
Here are some statistics that point to which principals stick around and why.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 8, 2023
3 min read
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School & District Management What New Data Show About Principal Turnover
Principal attrition increased during the COVID-19 crisis—but it's not a drastic departure from past trends.
Evie Blad, July 31, 2023
3 min read
Black teacher smiling and giving a student a high five in a classroom of Black elementary students.
Teaching Profession What Teachers Love Most About Their Jobs—and Why
To honor the joy of teaching, Education Week asked teachers to share their favorite parts of their jobs.
Madeline Will, July 31, 2023
2 min read
School nurses Heidi Bakke, left, and Molly Cavey walk a student to their office while working at Wilson Elementary School on Sept. 12, 2019, in Janesville, Wis.
School nurses walk a student to their office at Wilson Elementary in Janesville, Wis., back in 2019. Since then, the pressures on school health workers have mounted, prompting some to consider quitting their jobs.
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School & District Management From Our Research Center 'It’s So Overwhelming': Demands on School Health Workers Are Making Them Want to Quit
A new national survey sheds light on the working conditions of school nurses, school psychologists, and other health workers.
Madeline Will, June 13, 2023
8 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Debunking the Myths Around Teacher Stress, Burnout, and Self-Care
What are we really talking about when we say "teacher burnout" anyway?
Mary Hendrie, June 9, 2023
4 min read
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