Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Teacher Satisfaction



What’s (Relational) Trust Have to Do with It?

Summary;  This article tells the story of how a new principal was able to improve the culture and climate of his high school.  The article offers seven steps to build “relational trust” and shift the culture of the school.

Source:  Joanie Eppinga, Chuck Salina, Suzann Girtz and David Martinez, Educational Leadership, March 2018



Report: More States See Need for Adult SEL Initiatives

Summary:  This article reports on a new white paper from the National Association of State Boards of Education advocating initiatives focusing on SEL skills for adults.  this article also cites the recent Aspen Institute study which says that students learn better when their teachers and other influential adults model good SEL skills.

Source:  Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, January 28, 2019



Teaching Is as Stressful as an ER. These Calming Strategies Can Help.

Summary:  Researchers from Penn State have found that teaching can be as stressful as working in an emergency room.  This article provides some calming strategies that can reduce the stress level and better enable teachers to handle difficult situations in the classroom.

Source:  Patricia A. Jennings, EdSurge, December 26, 2018



Do Teachers Have Sway in School Decisions? Depends Who You Ask

Summary:This article summarizes the results of a RAND Corporation survey asking principals and teachers about teacher influence in making school decisions. The principals felt that teachers had significant input in school decisions while the teachers responding felt they had much less influence.

Source:Madeline Will, Education Week, December 13, 2018

Categories: Teacher Engagement, Leadership in SEL, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Satisfaction



Cultivating a Strong Staff Culture

Summary:This article talks about building staff culture along three spaces – the physical, the interpersonal, and the historical. By attending to these spaces, school leaders can nourish organizational harmony that can keep teachers and staff engaged for the long haul.

Source:Eric Saibel, Edutopia, November 6, 2018

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Teacher Engagement, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Satisfaction, SEL Basics



The #1 Factor That Determines A Toxic or Thriving School Culture

Summary:This article addresses addresses how teachers can help contribute to a positive school culture. In the opinion of the author, how teachers themselves address conflicts with their colleagues is a determining factor in the culture of the school.

Source: Alex Kajitani, Education Week, April 27, 2106

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Relationships, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Teacher Satisfaction, SEL Basics



Child Playing

Some Top U.S. Educators Went to Finland. Their Big Takeaway: Empower Teachers

Summary: This article reports on a visit to Finland by several US State Teachers of the Year and their reaction to what they have learned about the Finnish system of education.  They found the main differences between Finland and the US teacher empowerment and respect for the teaching profession.

Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, August 4, 2017

Categories:  Teacher Satisfaction, Teacher Voice, Student Achievement



Working together

Teachers Shouldn’t Work in Isolation. Kids Need a Team.

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of teamwork to provide teachers with collaboration and support. Every teacher needs a friend, a colleague and an administrator on his/her side; this is the only way to make for a happy and long educational career.

Source:  Starr Sackstein, Education Week, July 25. 2017

Categories: Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Satisfaction, Positive Relationships, Professional Learning Communities



How Can Districts Help Teachers Develop Social-Emotional Skills?

Summary:  This article reports on the efforts of a California school district to improve social-emotional skills for both teachers and students.  These efforts include reinforcing the connection between SEL and academic achievement, the importance of teacher social-emotional well-being, and the importance of collegial support;

Source:  Michael Gallagher, Education Week, June 28, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture/Climate, SEL Teacher Training, Teacher Satisfaction, Wellness




The Surprising Grief of Teacher Leadership

Summary:  These are reflections of a veteran teacher who has left the classroom to be a teacher-leader.  She makes some suggestions as to how to remain connected to teaching and learning and to students in particular.

Source:  Rebecca Mieliwocki, Education Week, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Satisfaction, Positive Relationships