10 Days of Mental Health for Educators

This 10-day series will provide you with resources, both free and for purchase, that can help you make space for yourself this year and create school environments where educators' and students' emotional needs are met.

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Day 1: Practicing Self-Care

Free Resources

Show & Tell: A Video Column/Regaining "Compassion Satisfaction"
Now more than ever, practicing self-care is crucial to being able to take care of others. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey detail two related but conflicting phenomena that can affect those in helping professions—compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue.
Five Strategies for Teacher Self-Care
Nearly half of all teachers report that a high level of daily stress is a problem, feeding a burnout crisis that requires immediate action. The good news is that we don't have to wait for anyone else to take action—curing burnout starts within, by normalizing teacher self-care.
Self-Care: The Antidote to Compassion Fatigue
Compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress can be exhausting for education leaders. The good news is, they can also be prevented—and this article shows you how.
The Five Ds of Destressing
Chase Mielke outlines the five Ds of stress management that educators can use and teach to their students.
How Cognitive Distortions Undermine Well-Being
It's important to take time to address our "thinking traps"—because doing so is a form of self-care all educators can use.
Educator Stress is a Leadership Challenge. Here's What Leaders Can Do About It
Isobel Stevenson lays out system-level actions that school and district leaders can take to make work less of a grind—actions that are also good for district health as a whole.
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WellBalanced_240X240The Well-Balanced Teacher
In this book, author Mike Anderson shares the answers he found to the question he asked himself as a teacher: if teachers are stressed out and exhausted, how can they have the patience, positive energy, and enthusiasm to provide the best instruction for students?

 

 

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Day 2: Building Self-Confidence

Free Resources

Research Matters/Restoring Teachers' Efficacy
Read this article to understand how the hit that teachers' sense of efficacy has taken is closely linked to well-being.
Coping with Change and Uncertainty
As educators can sometimes struggle to maintain an even keel, Phyllis Fagell shares how educators can regain a sense of control during tumultuous times.

Resources for purchase

PowerofVoice_240X240The Power of Voice in Schools
When the potential of voice is fully realized, schools will look and feel different—cooperation will replace competition and conflict, collaboration will replace isolation, and confidence will replace insecurity.
CayAndAdlee_240X240Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice
This book by internationally recognized education leader Russ Quaglia and his daughter Cali supports Quaglia's pioneering work around the importance of student voice.
PersonalizedProfLearn_240X240Personalized Professional Learning
This book provides district and school administrators with a roadmap for transforming existing professional development programs into more effective and innovative learning experiences that elevate on-site expertise while still aligning with the priorities of school and districts.
TeachingToEmpower_240X240Teaching to Empower
Here, Debbie Zacarian and Michael Silverstone explore what an empowered student looks like in our increasingly diverse contemporary schools and prompt educators to examine their relationships to empowerment.
QRG_FosteringStudentVoice_240X240Fostering Student Voice (Quick Reference Guide)
In this reference that details why student voice matters, Russ Quaglia and Kristine Fox describe a four-step process for fostering student voice.
 

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Day 3: Managing Your Time

Free Resources

Reclaiming Your Time
This collection of articles by Debbie Miller; Jessica F. Handley; PJ Caposey; Gretchen Bridgers; and Elizabeth Lott, Dee Pukl, and Tiffany Miller will give you insight on how you can maximize instructional time and find time for essentials like independent reading and feedback.

Resources for purchase

ManageYourTime_240X240Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You
In this book, PJ Caposey identifies eight root causes of "time management difficulties" and provides treatment in the form of advice, support, and coping techniques for teachers and leaders.
Arias_ShortOnTime_240X240Short on Time
Because school leaders never seem to have enough time to do all that they need to do, school leadership expert and former principal William Sterrett comes to the rescue with practical advice on how principals can make the most of their time to achieve real success.
Arias_TimeToTeach_240X240Time to Teach
In this book, experienced educator Jenny Edwards offers positive and practical ideas for more effectively using your time to accomplish your goals.

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Day 4: Preventing Burnout

Free Resource

The Resilient Educator/The Lowdown on Burnout
As Elena Aguilar shares, burnout—basically depression—is real but it can be overcome.

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BurnoutCure_240X240The Burnout Cure
In this book, award-winning teacher Chase Mielke draws from his own research, lesson plans, and experiences with burnout to help you change your outlook, strengthen your determination to be a terrific teacher, and reignite your core passion for teaching.

 

 

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Day 6: Mental Health for School Leaders

Free Resources

Opening Up About Mental Illness
In this article, Sydney Chaffee shares a Teacher of the Year's struggle with anxiety and how it opened her eyes to the stigma around educators' mental health issues.
Being Accepted, Not Just Tolerated, Is Good for Mental Health
LGBTQ educators, to truly thrive, need to feel a sense of belonging—and this article outlines how you can help with that.
The Mental Balancing Act for School Leaders
In this article, best-selling author Baruti Kafele explains why, to be an effective leader, you must be intentional and deliberate about taking care of your mental and physical health.
Bandwidth is the Key to Energy, Effectiveness, and Engagement
Read this article by Jane Kise and Ann Holm, take the brain-bandwidth quiz, and learn how the brain works to provide energy needed to make good decisions, focus on cognitively demanding tasks, and be patient and empathetic.

Resource for purchase

LeadershipForLearning_240X240Leadership for Learning: How to Bring Out the Best in Every Teacher, 2nd Edition
In this revised edition, Carl Glickman and coauthor Rebecca West Burns synthesize their decades of experience in teacher education and supervision into a comprehensive guide to supporting teacher growth and student learning.

 

 

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Day 7: Implementing SEL Schoolwide

Resources for purchase

TakingSELSchoolwide_240X240Taking Social-Emotional Learning Schoolwide
In this highly practical and eminently readable book, Thomas R. Hoerr shows teachers, administrators, and other school staff how to integrate the Formative Five success skills—empathy, integrity, self-control, embracing diversity, and grit.
AllLearningIsSEL_240X240All Learning Is Social and Emotional
Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith will provide you with a toolbox of strategies for addressing 33 essential competencies and real-life examples highlighting the many opportunities for social and emotional learning within the K–12 academic curriculum.
QRG_TeachingFiveSEL_240X240Teaching the Five SEL Skills All Students Need (Quick Reference Guide)
This quick reference guide, based on Thomas Hoerr's best-selling book The Formative Five, presents the five social-emotional skills students need most.

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Attend these sessions designed to ensure that you keep the social-emotional well-being of you and your students in mind.

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Day 8: Coping with Trauma

Free Resource

Coping with Change and Uncertainty
As educators can sometimes struggle to maintain an even keel, Phyllis Fagell shares how educators can regain a sense of control during tumultuous times.

Resources for purchase

Arias_ResilientTeacher_240X240The Resilient Teacher
In this book, Allen Mendler offers simple but effective strategies for dealing with a variety of thorny situations that most teachers will face in their careers.
Email_Refresh_ThumbnailRelationship, Responsibility, and Regulation
Drawing from their extensive experience working with schools, students, and families throughout the country, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall detail how to create a culture of safety where everyone feels valued, important, and capable of learning.
Fostering_240X240Fostering Resilient Learners
In this book, grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect of learning and teaching.
QRG_CreatingTraumaSensitive_240X240Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (Quick Reference Guide)
This reference guide , based on the best-selling, award-wining book Fostering Resilient Learners, will give every educator the tools needed to ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, challenged, and supported in school.
QRG_TraumaInvested_240X240Trauma-Invested Practices to Meet Students' Needs (Quick Reference Guide)
This reference guide, which introduces the new three Rs of education—relationship, responsibility, and regulation—provides K–12 teachers with strategies that will help them learn more about their students, uncover unmet needs, and build trauma-invested environments.

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Day 9: Practicing Mindfulness

Free Resources

Caring for Colleagues in Crisis
Susan Johnson shares ways that you can help a colleague who may, unbeknownst to you, be caring for a loved one with mental illness.
Turn & Talk/Meena Srinivasan on Mindful School Leadership
Meena Srinivasan shows you how a principal who brings the four Cs—compassion, connectedness, curiosity, and care—into their present-moment attention can truly show up for others.
Seven Easy Steps to Personalized Mindfulness in Schools
As Nick Mosca says, mindfulness involves easing into the present moment and choosing to respond to whatever arises with as much compassion as possible—and it's worth it. Read this article to learn the seven easy steps to personalized mindfulness in schools.
Road Tested/Mindfulness: An Antidote to Classroom Anxiety
Read this article to learn about the three strategies that Jill Barbosa-Gonzalez used to create a mindful classroom.
 

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MindfulnessInTheClassroom_240X240Mindfulness in the Classroom
In this book, Thomas Armstrong explains how mindfulness affects the structure and function of the brain and shares and explains extensive research that shows the positive effects of mindfulness practices in the classroom.

 
 

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Day 10: Mental Health for Black Educators

Free Resources

Please check out these articles that highlight issues specific to Black educators from which all educators can benefits:

Teaching While Black
If you want all children to receive the best education possible, it's helpful to try to understand what it means to be a Black educator in a typical urban public school district.
Breaking Through the "Burden of Strength"
Black women, as a result of being stereotyped as having super-human strength, suffer health challenges. Read this article and learn how better school cultures and support can help.

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