Listen to "Taking a SGM-inclusive approach to education ft. André Grace" on Spreaker. Building a genuinely accepting and inclusive school culture is a shared responsibility. In part two of this two-part episode, Dr. André P. Grace discusses the importance of taking an SGM-inclusive approach to education and how school leaders, staff, and parents all have an important role to play in supporting and learning from the experiences of SGM students.
Listen to "The changing nature of principals’ work ft. Fei Wang" on Spreaker. Effective school leaders are key to creating healthy schools. Yet, work intensification continues to threaten principal recruitment and retention – and ultimately staff and student performance. In this episode, Dr. Fei Wang shares key findings from recent studies conducted in Ontario and British Columbia on how the role of school leaders is changing and the consequences for principal and vice-principal well-being, both professionally and personally.
Listen to "School is a workplace ft. Grant Frost" on Spreaker. School is a learning environment for students – but it’s also a workplace for adults where far too many K-12 staff are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and burnout. In this episode, educator and union leader Grant Frost discusses the important role of school leaders and districts in establishing healthy working conditions.
Listen to "Positive Psychology in the K-12 Workplace ft. Tamara Lechner" on Spreaker. Tamara Lechner, Director of the Center for Positive Education, discusses the benefits of positive psychology in the work of K-12 school leaders and staff. Find out how incorporating the tenets of positive psychology into school team practices can lead to more meaningful conversations, team bonding, and a shared vision that will heighten everyone’s sense of well-being in the K-12 workplace.
Listen to "Teaching and Learning from home ft. Jennifer Forristal" on Spreaker.COVID-19 has brought educators and their families together in the same space almost all day, every day. Homes are now living spaces, working spaces, and learning spaces, where educators are constantly switching between different tasks and wearing multiple hats. Dr. Jennifer Forristal, a school wellness specialist, discusses some of the challenges educators are currently facing and shares important strategies that they can use to look after their well-being as they work from home.
Listen to "Why teacher self-care is not a thing ft. Patrice Palmer" on Spreaker. Stress and burnout led Patrice Palmer to leave the teaching profession after a 20 year-long career. Although she had attempted to return to part-time teaching, Patrice never regained her passion. Why does teacher self-sacrifice appear to be the norm rather than the exception? In this episode, Patrice Palmer explains why it’s critical to avoid burning out in the first place and to find ways to practice self-care amid the demands of the teaching profession.
Listen to "The Ups and Downs of Co-Teaching Ft. Christine Hanna and Laura De Simone" on Spreaker.What happens when the dynamics of working with a colleague in the classroom aren’t all what you expected it to be? In this episode, Christine Hanna and Laura De Simone talk about having to navigate each other’s different teaching styles and trying to find where they both fit in their co-teaching partnership — which in the beginning wasn’t always easy. The turning point? Having a conversation.
Listen to "Making a Drastic Change in my Teaching Career ft. Laura De Simone" on Spreaker.For the first ten years of her career, Laura De Simone was one of the most motivated and inspired teachers who simply wanted to change kids’ lives. Somewhere along the way, though, she started to feel tired and reached a point of resentment from working long hours and neglecting other parts of her life beyond work. Ultimately, ongoing stress led to job dissatisfaction and burnout, which pushed her to make a drastic change in her life.
Listen to "The Action-Driven Change Framework ft. Alexandra Fortier" on Spreaker.What processes could help a school figure out what’s standing in the way of a healthy working environment? What if we simply don’t know what the problem is? The Action-Driven Change Framework can be helpful in identifying solutions that meet your school’s needs. As a school community, ask yourself: (1) What’s the story?, (2) What’s the problem?, (3) What’s the plan?, and (4) What’s next?. Let’s be clear – no long-term solutions to improve workplace well-being are ever one-size-fits-all.
Listen to "Racism and K-12 Workplace Well-Being ft Rohan Thompson" on Spreaker.How is racism a workplace wellness issue? Most workplace wellness programs are focused on the individual - helping people deal with stress, workload, and enhancing their communication skills. Often, the solution is to provide tools such as webinars, programs, and employee benefits. While these programs and tools are all great, they often ignore how organizations can actually be environments that increase stress and mental health issues among racialized peoples. The onus is often put on the individual to tend to their own-well-being while rarely acknowledging how racism can impact employee mental health and wellness.
Listen to "What Does It Mean To Flourish in Schools? ft. Dr. Sabre Cherkowski" on Spreaker.What are the earliest signs of burnout? What are the daily practices of educators who have positive mental health and are able to handle stress well? How would you support a teacher’s happiness at school, and how important do you think happiness is to a teacher’s overall well-being? In this episode, Dr. Sabre Cherkowski discusses what it means to “flourish” at work, and answers some common questions about K-12 workplace well-being.