T&L 2900: BHS Educator Wellness 2024 (Book Study)
At BHS, we work to foster Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE) to improve student literacy and work towards implementation of high quality instruction. Collective Teacher Efficacy is educators' shared belief that through their combined efforts they can positively influence student outcomes, including outcomes for those who are disengaged, unmotivated, and/or disadvantaged. However, CTE (and our CTE Equation) and high quality pedagogy is only as strong as the educator who works to implement them. Thus, this learning opportunity is designed to help guide educators in doing work that helps them become the best versions of themselves by:
- Developing a keen and deep understanding of their own needs
- Checking in with oneself through each day/week
- Responding to our individual needs with targeted actions
As we work together in order to mitigate the decision fatigue (Lamothe, 2019) and high levels of stress (Riley-Missouri, 2018) that accompany a profession in education, this learning opportunity will encourage participating educators to build better wellness in their own lives, allowing them, as the most impact factor in student achievement, to dive deeper into BHS's Instructional Framework and Bismarck Public School's Portrait of Learning in a personalized and relevant way. The purpose of this professional learning opportunity is to engage teachers in learning so to:
- Understand the importance of self-care in the context of a demanding career as a teacher.
- Apply and try various self-care strategies to reduce stress, enhance resilience, and improve overall well-being.
- Cultivate mindfulness and emotional intelligence to better navigate challenges.
- Develop and work towards comprehensive self-care goals, tailored to their individual needs and preferences.
- Promote and foster a supportive community of educators committed to self-care practices.
This learning opportunity will guide teachers through our anchor text, 180 Days of Self-care for Busy Educators by Dr. Tina Boogren, as they work towards refining and implementing strategies that improve their wellness, and, in turn, our collective pedagogical effectiveness as we support learner's achievement. Just as research shows that there is a "strong connection between the personal and professional wellbeing of teachers and have reasoned that there cannot be real professional development with personal development" (Day & Leitch, 2001; O'Conner, 2008, as cited in Spilt, Koomen, & Thijs, 2011, p. 461). This learning opportunity is designed to support educators in exactly that, as we grow towards becoming more effective educators.