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School & District Management Principals and Stress: Strategies for Coping in Difficult Times
Running schools in the pandemic has strained leaders in unprecedented ways. Principals share their ideas for how to manage the stress.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 11, 2021
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Teaching Profession Opinion What Can We Do to Help the Well-Being of Teachers?
A Seat at the Table focused on the social-emotional well-being of teachers during the pandemic. Here's what we learned from the guests.
Peter DeWitt, April 6, 2021
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Student Well-Being Online Summit Keeping Students and Teachers Motivated and Engaged
Join experts to learn how to address teacher morale, identify students with low engagement, and share what is working in remote learning.
February 18, 2021
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Teaching & Learning Editor's Note: Battling Low Morale and Lagging Motivation
Teachers and students are struggling with low levels of morale and motivation as millions of physical classrooms stay shuttered.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 6, 2021
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Danielle Peirson leads her class in jumping jacks during a mindfulness break in her 4th grade class at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Danielle Peirson leads her 4th graders in jumping jacks during a mindfulness break at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa.
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School & District Management As Teacher Morale Hits a New Low, Schools Look for Ways to Give Breaks, Restoration
In a year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say just keeping their heads above water can feel like a herculean task.
Madeline Will, January 6, 2021
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Teaching Profession Opinion Are We Compassionate Enough in Schools?
Compassion is often seen as a weakness, but schools should offer as much compassion as possible, and not just to students.
Matt Fleming, December 1, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teacher Demoralization Isn't the Same as Teacher Burnout
The pandemic has made it harder for teachers to access the moral rewards of their work, writes education professor Doris A. Santoro.
Doris A. Santoro, November 11, 2020
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Teaching Profession Educator Morale, School Job Applicants Declining, Survey Shows
More than 8 of every 10 educators say teacher morale is lower than it was before the pandemic, an EdWeek Research Center survey found.
Holly Kurtz, November 4, 2020
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School & District Management Principals Are Stressed and Anxious, Especially Now. Here's 10 Things They Can Do
From exercise & meditation to tapping into community, here's some ways principals can give themselves support to cope with pandemic stress.
Denisa R. Superville, October 29, 2020
5 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion How Do I Run My School From Self-Quarantine? And Other Principal Quandaries
School leaders, do you need help with remote staff meetings? Culturally responsive classrooms? We've got answers.
Tamara McWilliams, September 2, 2020
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Kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez holds her daughter Estrella, 1, while her other daughter, Xavia, 11, records her instructing a class to be posted online from their home in San Mateo County, Calif. Also pictured is their pet pig Rebecca.
Kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez holds her daughter Estrella, 1, while her other daughter, Xavia, 11, records her instructing a class to be posted online from their home in San Mateo County, Calif. Also pictured is their pet pig Rebecca.
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Teaching Profession 'Beyond Tired and Stressed': Teachers With Kids Strained By Lack of Child Care
Some districts that are all-virtual are allowing—or requiring—teachers to work from their empty classrooms and bring their kids.
Madeline Will, August 31, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion We Should Be Concerned About the Mental Health of Principals
Dealing with disasters, on top of increasing job demands, are pushing principals to the breaking point. We need to do something about that.
Peter DeWitt, August 22, 2020
8 min read
Special Report Taking Care of Teachers
This report looks at the many ways stressors related to COVID-19 and racial inequities have affected the teacher workforce, strategies for self-care, and how school leaders and districts can help protect their teachers’ social and emotional well-being through the continued uncertainty.
July 22, 2020
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Teaching Profession Round-the-Clock Communication Is Exhausting Teachers
Many teachers say they’ve been getting messages 24/7 during school closures, and that they feel pressure to be “always on” for students and parents.
Sarah Schwartz, July 21, 2020
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