Title of Poster or Presentation

Equity for Teachers

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Aleta GarrettFollow

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Degree Type

PhD

Discipline

Social Sciences

Department

Education

Access Type

Open Access

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Teaching, as with many social service professions, is both stressful and deeply emotional. Many public school teachers in the United States experience high levels of stress that lead to burnout and even mental health issues due to their work. Teachers must work long hours in schools that are often underfunded and lack administrative support. Despite high levels of burnout, prevention and intervention support programs for teachers are few and far between. The severity of this matter is compounded by the fact that when teachers are in a poor emotional state they are less able to foster a nurturing classroom environment and plan lessons to the best of their ability. This causes students’ education to suffer, particularly for those who need the most support. In order to combat this dangerous cycle of burnout, I am proposing the implementation of training on wellness and stress management in addition to communication and conflict resolution for teachers. Furthermore, I recommend implementing transformational leadership training and methods for school administration. I feel these changes will help provide teachers both with the tools and administrative support needed to manage their stress and create healthy, happy classrooms.

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Equity for Teachers

Teaching, as with many social service professions, is both stressful and deeply emotional. Many public school teachers in the United States experience high levels of stress that lead to burnout and even mental health issues due to their work. Teachers must work long hours in schools that are often underfunded and lack administrative support. Despite high levels of burnout, prevention and intervention support programs for teachers are few and far between. The severity of this matter is compounded by the fact that when teachers are in a poor emotional state they are less able to foster a nurturing classroom environment and plan lessons to the best of their ability. This causes students’ education to suffer, particularly for those who need the most support. In order to combat this dangerous cycle of burnout, I am proposing the implementation of training on wellness and stress management in addition to communication and conflict resolution for teachers. Furthermore, I recommend implementing transformational leadership training and methods for school administration. I feel these changes will help provide teachers both with the tools and administrative support needed to manage their stress and create healthy, happy classrooms.