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 "3 Steps to Districtwide Staff Well-Being" on Spreaker. Featuring Kristen Brock, Rosetta Doolan, Amanda LaBoucane, Gail Markin, Byron Robbie, Theresa Verdiel, and Jackie Brown. When you’re constantly encountering negative situations in the workplace, your mental health can take a hit. How do we look after each other’s well-being as colleagues in the education system? Collectively, we can get to the root of what’s helping (or hindering) our well-being at work.
Listen to "Recess for Everyone ft. Dr. Shannon Kell" on Spreaker. As educators, we often think that work time and leisure time don’t really mix. We tend not to view spending time in the outdoors as “productive.” In reality, stress levels decrease when we go outside, and an effective break is necessary if you’re looking to conquer that to-do list of yours. So how can we change mindsets where both students and staff are motivated to go outside? There are small ways that we can incorporate the outdoors into our everyday work lives.
Listen to "Who’s taking care of YOU?" on Spreaker.There’s an enormous amount of pressure that’s put on educators – both from the workplace and from their own inner critic. This comes at a cost as educators are really good at putting others first yet often don’t look after their own well-being. Could self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion be the answer?
Listen to "The Teacher Mom Struggle is Real" on Spreaker.Being both a teacher and a parent means being a full-time caregiver – both at work and at home. With the piled up demands of the workplace and family life, how can teachers better care for themselves? More importantly, how can schools better recognize and support the emotional and care aspects of the teaching profession?
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.
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 "Self-Reg is Not Just For Kids ft. Marie Edwards" on Spreaker. Have you checked-in with yourself today? Self-regulation can’t be effectively taught to students unless the adults teaching them how to self-regulate can do it for themselves first. As an educator, it's important to check-in with how you're feeling as you transition into work mode and into your classroom each day. That means identifying any personal stressors you might be experiencing – and knowing how best to cope.
Listen to "Are education systems designed to care for teachers? ft. Dr. Mark T. Greenberg" on Spreaker.While there are strategies that can help teachers become more resilient and better manage job stress – like yoga programs, nutrition lessons, and initiatives that encourage physical activity – these strategies often don’t target the root causes of stress. If teachers are experiencing very high rates of stress that’s impacting student learning and causing them to leave the profession, then we need to shift our focus to organizational approaches – changing whole school cultures, redesigning jobs to reduce workload, and engaging teachers in a participatory environment. Our education systems aren’t designed to care for teachers.
Listen to "How are you REALLY feeling?" on Spreaker.There’s a cone of silence around what you can admit to in the workplace – how you’re feeling, behaving, and how things are genuinely going for you. Sound familiar? There’s actually a term for this – “emotional labour.
Listen to "Principal SEL: What's it look like? ft. Dr. Mark T. Greenberg" on Spreaker.One of the best predictors of teachers leaving their school and the profession altogether is the quality of their principal. A high quality principal has the ability to develop strong relationships with teachers, to be a good listener, and to set goals for the school to be a healthy, caring, and supportive environment. Unfortunately, most principals don’t have training in this area, while the focus of their training remains on test scores, accountability, and instructional leadership – rather than on how to be the social emotional leader of their school.
Listen to "The Secret to Healthy, Happy Educators" on Spreaker.Educators strive to foster a sense of belonging among students in their classroom. We know the benefits that strong relationships can have on student development and learning. Why not flip the script? Educators also need to feel a sense of belonging in the workplace.
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 "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 "What does it mean to change "the system?”" on Spreaker. featuring Cindy Andrew, Tawnie Gaudreau, Byron Robbie, and David Strange. If we want to change the system, then we need to first understand it. The research is clear – staff who have a positive sense of well-being can better support the well-being and success of the students in their classroom. So how can the education system invest in all those who interact with students each and every day?