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El-Mekki, Sharif – Educational Leadership, 2021
If leaders want to support and retain--not just hire--Black educators, they must understand what it means to be a Black educator now. El-Mekki, a veteran educator and founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, shares realities Black teachers face, from the fact that schools don't always feel safe to them to the responsibility they feel…
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Conditions, Work Environment
Kafele, Baruti K. – Educational Leadership, 2021
Consultant and speaker Baruti Kafele talks frankly about his challenges to be healthy mentally and physically when he was a school principal and gives advice for leaders who are struggling with the mental balancing act.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Physical Health, Principals, Administrators
Rodman, Allison; Farias, Alissa; Szymczak, Shannon – Educational Leadership, 2021
The authors argue that, amid the stresses of their jobs, educators are expected to continuously "recharge for survival" rather than being given opportunities for authentic recovery. To make teaching jobs more sustainable, they write, schools need to rethink the way they conceive of time, space, and connection, and attend to the…
Descriptors: Psychological Needs, Teacher Burnout, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health
DeWitt, Peter – Educational Leadership, 2021
To truly thrive, LGBTQ educators need to feel a sense of belonging. "Education Week" blogger Peter DeWitt shares how, as a gay teacher and principal, he struggled to be himself. But that changed with the help of a supportive network of colleagues.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Peer Acceptance, LGBTQ People, Minority Group Teachers
Jones, Kel Hughes – Educational Leadership, 2021
Many Black female educators feel pressure to be super-strong. They neglect self-care, often leading to serious health problems (what one psychologist has termed the StrongBlackWoman cycle). Hughes Jones shares her story of denying work-related stress and breaking down, and suggests ways leaders can create more supportive work environments for…
Descriptors: Females, Women Faculty, African American Teachers, Mental Health
Johnson, Susan – Educational Leadership, 2021
Educators caring for family members with mental illness often hide hat they're going through, although support from fellow educators would make a huge difference. Johnson recounts her experience helping her son through a breakdown while still working within schools. She suggests how teachers might reach out to and support colleagues they sense are…
Descriptors: Caring, Interprofessional Relationship, Mental Disorders, Social Bias
Fagell, Phyllis L. – Educational Leadership, 2021
How can educators regain a sense of control during these tumultuous times? Author and school counselor Phyllis Fagell identifies six ways to cope and be a reassuring source of strength for students when the only constant right now is change.
Descriptors: Coping, Change, Pandemics, COVID-19
Renga, Ian Parker; Peck, Frederick; Wu, Ke; Erickson, David – Educational Leadership, 2021
Educators need collaborative opportunities to renew their love of learning, not just to review data and rework lessons. Researcher Ian Parker Renga and coauthors examine the power of Math Teachers' Circles--a group of educators that get together to play math games and solve problems just for the joy of it.
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Mathematics Teachers, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Activities
Mielke, Chase – Educational Leadership, 2021
Chase Mielke, author of "The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again," describes how we can reframe unhealthy thinking--identifying and fixing cognitive distortions like "mind reading" and "permanence" that lead us to assume the worst.
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Well Being, Cognitive Restructuring, Cognitive Structures
Seton, Henry – Educational Leadership, 2021
How do we break cycles that send promising young educators out of the profession too early? Veteran teacher Henry Seton reflects on the school year that challenged his commitment to the classroom and the support and solutions that renewed his reasons to stay.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Resilience (Psychology), Teacher Administrator Relationship
Thiers, Naomi – Educational Leadership, 2021
Using the Teach to Lead process and drawing on their own study of how teachers can lift their social-emotional skills, three elementary teachers in Connecticut created a plan to work with fellow teachers to increase everyone's camaraderie and regularly problem solve together. When their school closed to in-place learning, they pivoted to find ways…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Social Development, Emotional Development, Teacher Role
Chaffee, Sydney – Educational Leadership, 2021
National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee discusses her struggle with anxiety and how it opened her eyes to the stigma of teacher mental health.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Anxiety, Coping, Stress Variables
Lander, Jessica – Educational Leadership, 2021
When teaching a course on American diversity, Jessica Lander realized that to understand the complexity of justice-related policies and events in U.S. history, students needed to relate personally. She had students write personal reflections on what it means to be American, which dealt with issues from immigration journeys, learning a new…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Diversity, Multicultural Education
Nordmeyer, Jon; Boals, Tim; MacDonald, Rita; Westerlund, Ruslana – Educational Leadership, 2021
English proficiency cannot be seen as a prerequisite to meaningful participation in classrooms. Instead, language must be viewed as something that is developed in the process of learning when students are supported and have access to the richest curriculum.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Education, Multilingualism
Fiarman, Sarah; Kyles-Smith, Kristina; Lee, Alison – Educational Leadership, 2021
Schools must isolate patterns of inequity by disagreggating various formative assessment data by race, gender, or other characteristics. Such a lens often uncovers disparities in outcomes and can point to unconscious biases affecting how teacher respond to different student groups. Learn how to bring an equity focus into your school improvement…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Improvement, Racial Bias, Intervention