With Burnout on the Rise, Districts Turn to Staff SEL and Bringing Joy to Learning

Summary: This article talks about the importance of SEL for school staff in the face of returning to the classroom after the pandemic. The increased stress and anxiety that came with the pandemic affects not only students but also adults. Many examples are given where SEL skills for adults have helped to deal with this stress and anxiety.

Source: Kara Arundel, K12 Dive, June 16, 2021

Description: “Teaching was already considered a stressful job before the pandemic, but research and anecdotal evidence points to a peak during the global health crisis. A survey of hundreds of teachers across the country showed varying degrees of educator anxiety around virtual instruction, communicating with parents, and balancing their school and personal responsibilities, according to research by Tim Pressley, an assistant professor of psychology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.  

Pressley, in surveying teachers, used the Coronavirus Anxiety Scale created by Sherman Lee, an associate professor of psychology at CNU, to measure anxiety during the pandemic. Pressley’s research showed no differences in teacher anxiety based on ethnicity, location, years of teaching experience or instruction type, a CNU press release said.”  

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