To Continue Supporting Students, Teachers Need Opportunities for Self-Care

As many schools across the country transition to online learning, teachers have made tremendous efforts to adapt lessons, maintain relationships with students and act as frontline resources of information and support for struggling families, on top of working to manage their own personal challenges and emotional burdens.

Given that teaching is known to be one of the most stressful occupations even under normal conditions, many teachers are likely feeling the effects of stress and burnout from the mental, emotional and physical toll of teaching remotely. In order to sustain energy, capacity and motivation, it is critical that teachers are able to take the time to care for their own wellness and find support from school leaders, families and peers to do so.

One way that schools can help support teacher self-care is by providing teachers with multiple ways to access services for different types of needs. Below we have compiled some resources that offer ideas for personal stress management and self-care that can be shared with teachers, but a school might consider coordinating other preventative activities, such as virtual group yoga sessions or a subscription to a meditation site. Starting team meetings with a check-in or restorative circle can also be helpful. For teachers who are interested, the school social worker or psychologist could potentially lead a weekly virtual support group, or the school could work with an outside service to provide similar activities. These are just a few ideas to think about implementing in your school to show appreciation for teachers and support their health and wellbeing.

New Resources

Filling Your Cup: Comprehensive Self-Care Strategies for the Educator

Although not specific to the current pandemic situation, this recorded webinar describes a number of very helpful strategies, tools and resources to help school staff focus on their own well-being, in order to better support their students’ needs.

Prioritizing Self-Care While Working From Home

While working from home, it can be easy to allow work time to blend into personal time and slip into the habit of addressing students’ needs and requests at any time of day. However, in order to avoid complete mental exhaustion or burnout, teachers must also define clear boundaries and be caretakers of themselves as well.

6 Tips for Dealing with the Physical Toll of Working From Home

While current stressors and the challenges of working form home can be emotionally burdensome, it is also important to consider the physical impacts that come from being more sedentary and spending more time onscreen. Find tips to help counteract the physical toll of working from home.

How Teachers Can Navigate Difficult Emotions During School Closures

Teachers are currently faced with a number of unknowns as schools grapple with the best strategies for moving forward during the current crisis. In order to help manage a range of difficult emotions, this article describes useful tools and practices.

Grant Alerts

COVID-19 Response Student Success Grants | The NEA Foundation

Grants to help educators adapt to educational challenges due to the effects of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Learn more.

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Emergency Grants | No Kid Hungry

Emergency grants available for school districts and organizations working to sustain nutrition programs for children during current school closures. Learn more.

Deadline: Rolling

Emergency School Nutrition Funding Grants | GENYOUth

Funding to help supply resources for meal distribution and delivery to ensure students continue to have access to healthy meals. Learn more.

Deadline: Rolling

Community COVID Youth-Led Mini-Grants | Peace First

Rapid response grants available to help young people lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, such as providing meals to elderly neighbors, launching digital mental health campaigns, etc. Available to young people between ages 13-25. Learn more.

Deadline: Ongoing

Relatives as Parents Program | Brookdale Foundation Group

Funding to help organizations to develop or expand services for grandparents or surrogate parents taking on responsibility of supporting the health and wellbeing of youth. Learn more.

Deadline: June 10, 2020

*The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.

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