Teacher Wellness

Stress. Burnout. Long hours. Increasing demands. Insights into teachers’ mental and physical wellness and what schools can do
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Teaching Opinion 5 Reasons Educators Take On Too Much
Educators feel overworked, but what if they needlessly contribute to that burden?
Peter DeWitt, January 24, 2023
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Police respond to a shooting at Richneck Elementary School, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 in Newport News, Va. A shooting at a Virginia elementary school sent a teacher to the hospital and ended with “an individual” in custody Friday, police and school officials in the city of Newport News said.
A police officer outside the Newport News, Va., elementary school where a 1st grader shot and injured a teacher last week. On the same day of the shooting, teachers attending a National Education Association summit on gun violence were meeting in Washington to call for making educators a more central part of discussions on how to stop shootings in schools.
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School Climate & Safety 'This Is Not the Job We Signed Up to Do': Teachers Speak Out Against School Shootings
The largest teachers' union is taking new steps to confront gun violence in schools.
Madeline Will, January 9, 2023
7 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion I Study Breastfeeding Behavior. Here’s Why Nursing Teachers Have It So Tough
Federal law just guaranteed nursing teachers more accommodations. But it only solves part of the challenge.
Jill Inderstrodt, January 6, 2023
4 min read
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Student Well-Being What's In, What's Out for Student and Educator Wellness
What 2023 will have in store when it comes to taking care of the physical and social and emotional needs of students and educators.
Alyson Klein & Arianna Prothero, January 4, 2023
1 min read
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Teaching Profession Teachers to Get Breastfeeding Accommodations Under New Law. It’s About Time, They Say
Teachers have long said that finding the time and privacy to pump breast milk for their babies at school is challenging.
Madeline Will, December 29, 2022
5 min read
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Teaching Profession It's a Nasty Cold and Flu Season, But Some Educators Are Reluctant to Take Sick Days
Many cite the pile of work—and lost learning—that accumulates when they take time off.
Madeline Will, November 29, 2022
6 min read
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says Later School Start Times Could Help Teachers, Too
Most discussion of school start times centers on benefits to late-sleeping adolescents, but a new study looks at the effects on teachers.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 17, 2022
3 min read
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says Pandemic Anxiety Was Higher for Teachers Than for Health-Care Workers
Since the pandemic, teachers are significantly more likely to have anxiety symptoms than those in other professions.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 15, 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
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School & District Management 'How Are You?' Teachers and Principals Benefit From Check-Ins, Too
Check-ins are an important part of social-emotional learning for students. But what about check-ins for the adults in the school?
6 min read
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says The Big Connection Between Teachers' Burnout and Their Principals
Less-demanding principals make for less-stressed teachers, a new study suggests.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 21, 2022
3 min read
Student Well-Being Spotlight Spotlight on Student and Staff Well-being
This Spotlight will help you explore the benefits of school mental health services, examine data on staff’s job-related stress, and more.
September 1, 2022
Guy E. Rowe Elementary School teacher Lisa Cooper paints shelves in her kindergarten class at the Norway, Maine, school on Aug. 17, 2022. She and many other teachers and administrators are spending countless hours volunteering their time and using their own money to buy supplies and materials for their students and classrooms.
Guy E. Rowe Elementary School teacher Lisa Cooper paints shelves in her kindergarten class at the Norway, Maine, school on Aug. 17.
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School & District Management How to Re-Energize Teachers and Students This School Year
Educators shared suggestions on how schools can help students and teachers feel safe and connected.
Lauraine Langreo, August 19, 2022
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Start the School Year With Purpose. Here Are 5 Priorities
Despite the challenges educators face, they know how to improve schools for students and teachers, writes an education professor.
Tyrone C. Howard, August 12, 2022
4 min read