Educator Well-Being

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  • Introducing the New Adult SEL Skill Courses for 2023-2024:

    F.R.O.G. Educators' Edge

    We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Adult Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Skill courses for the 2023-2024 academic year: F.R.O.G. Educators' Edge. These courses are designed to empower educators with essential social and emotional skills that will enhance their personal and professional lives.

    The F.R.O.G. Educators' Edge courses will cover a comprehensive range of adult SEL skills, including:

    • Identifying emotions: Learn to recognize and understand your own emotions and those of others.
    • Effective communication: Enhance your communication skills to foster meaningful connections and understanding.
    • Constructive conflict resolution: Acquire strategies for resolving conflicts in a positive and constructive manner.
    • Anticipating and evaluating consequences: Develop the ability to foresee and assess the potential outcomes of your actions.
    • Emotional management: Learn techniques to effectively manage and regulate your emotions.
    • Linking feelings, values, and thoughts: Explore the interconnectedness of your emotions, values, and thoughts.
    • Stress management strategies: Identify and implement strategies to manage stress and promote well-being.
    • Gratitude: Understand the importance of expressing gratitude and cultivate a gratitude practice.
    • Developing interests and a sense of purpose: Discover how to nurture your interests and find a sense of purpose in your personal and professional life.

    To access these courses, please visit Frontline/My Learning Plan, where you will find them listed as Educators' Edge Courses and Cohorts. We are excited to embark on this SEL journey together and empower educators with the skills needed for personal growth and success.

     

Metaphysical Wellness

  • Developing and maintaining a sense of purpose is important for all of us. Belonging to something larger than ourselves- giving to others and making a difference, helps us have a sense of purpose and a sense of meaning. In order to provide classrooms/ schools/ districts that encourage and prioritize health and well-being, we must provide support to ALL educators.  

  • Recognizing the Significance of Adult SEL Skill Development in Education

    Teaching children to read and fostering career skills make education one of the most crucial professions in the world. The quality of education received by future generations heavily relies on educators. The pandemic and subsequent isolation have highlighted the vital role teachers play in families' lives. However, teaching also experiences one of the highest rates of burnout, resulting in the loss of both new and experienced professionals from the field.

    To ensure that educators not only survive but thrive in their roles, it is crucial to cultivate their Adult Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. Educators who have mastered SEL skills experience greater job satisfaction, develop positive relationships with their students, and can effectively model these skills for their students. With this goal in mind, we are introducing a series of courses focused on Adult SEL Skills and Well-Being.

    Understanding the Importance of Adult SEL Skill Development

    In 2022, the New York State Education Department embraced optional revised benchmarks for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which now encompass the inclusion of Adult SEL skills. This recognition highlights that SEL skills are not exclusive to students but also hold immense value for adults. Therefore, it has become imperative to offer workshops tailored to enhancing adults' social and emotional skill set. By actively engaging in these workshops, adults can unlock the benefits of SEL skill development.

    The Impact of Positive School Climate on Educator Retention—Fostering a Sense of Belonging

    School climate refers to the influence of school culture on an individual's feelings of safety, acceptance, and overall well-being. It significantly impacts their ability to succeed academically and in life. A positive school climate enables students and staff to feel secure and connected to teachers, peers, families, support staff, and administrators.

    Learning skills such as getting along with others, making friends, and establishing connections are essential at the adult level as well. These skills need to be actively taught and developed to foster positive school climates and promote educator retention.

     

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