Your well-being

May 2, 2019

Meditation and mindfulness can help relieve stress

Teaching can be stressful, and meditation and mindfulness can help alleviate the stress and bring a greater sense of calm and purpose to your life at work and at home. Research has shown that meditation can reduce burnout, improve self-confidence, empathy and the ability to concentrate — and even boost health and job performance.

April 4, 2019

Suicide prevention

Whatever the cause, suicide is a major public health concern and among the leading causes of death in the United States. As educators, our awareness of this issue is particularly important.

March 7, 2019

Stop teacher burnout

Teaching can be an extraordinary career and a calling. But it can be very stressful. If you feel as though there are not enough hours in the day and your workload extends into nights, weekends and holidays, you are heading for burnout.

February 7, 2019

Tips for developing cultural competence

To do their jobs well, educators need to understand their students’ lives and cultures. This involves listening and asking questions with humility.
Being open-minded and attentive to individual students and their circumstances are key to cultural competency.

January 3, 2019

360-degree wellness

School professionals have challenging jobs. Our work includes taking care of the needs of students, colleagues and community members, as well as taking care of ourselves and our families. A 360-degree approach to wellness can help.

December 6, 2018

Tackling addiction

You can access detox, rehab and intensive outpatient services through your city health insurance if you have a problem with alcohol or substance use.

November 1, 2018

Resolving conflicts

Workplace conflicts are hard to avoid. The key is learning how to manage and even gain from them.


October 4, 2018

Mental health support groups

Belonging to a support group can significantly ease your burden. when confronting personal or professional challenges. The UFT offers a number of support groups.

September 6, 2018

Managing your time

It’s the beginning of a new school year and a perfect opportunity to organize for maximum effectiveness. Time is your greatest resource and, as a school professional, it is essential for achieving your goals. Check out these tips for making the most effective use of your time this year.


July 5, 2018

Handling transitions

As the school year ends, students and educators are faced with a transition. While summer may be eagerly anticipated, transitions are not easy for everyone.

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