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Work, grief and COVID

As we begin a new school year, many of us are grieving the loss of people — colleagues, family members and friends — and the way things were prior to the pandemic. Students need extra support, too.

Our new reality

If you feel your life has been upended overnight, you’re not alone. The coronavirus crisis has changed everyone’s reality and adapting is an ongoing challenge.

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.

Weathering the storm

Supporting someone with mental health challenges is complex. Adding a layer of drug and alcohol addiction makes it all the more complicated.

Holiday blues

Holidays can be stressful, and if you experience “winter blues,” you may be suffereing from a medical condition triggered by lack of sunlight. Here are some symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and some tips to help you feel better.

Dealing with difficult people

We all encounter difficult people in our lives. Whether it’s a family member, a co-worker or a supervisor, difficult people can turn a good day into a bad one if you don’t have strategies for dealing with the challenge.

Setting yourself up for a great year

Maybe it’s your first year of teaching, maybe it’s your 21st, but there are always ways to set yourself up for a great school year ahead.

Managing transitions

As another school year ends, students and educators face transitions. And while summer may be eagerly anticipated, transitions are not easy for everyone. But there are ways to help ensure a healthy transition to summer.

Creating schools that welcome LGBTQ kids

There is a lot that educators can do to make the school environment more welcoming for these students — and a more inclusive environment for all students and staff.

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.