You may be thinking: flourishing, well-being ... sounds good, I'm in!
But then reality creeps in and you say: I have no time to invest in well-being. People are going to have to figure this out for themselves.
Last weekend, I attended the 2019 International Leadership Association Conference.
Here’s what I learned…
#1 Well-being is critical for organizational and student success!
#2 Flourishing schools are focused on these things....
#3 Award-winning school leaders do the following...
When researchers (Kutsyuruba, Sadata Arghash, & Kharyati) looked into examples of positive deviance at the principal level, they found Canada’s “Outstanding Principal” award recipients demonstrated these leadership features: They fostered nurturing relationships
Leadership scholar, Robert Kegan, asks us to:
“Imagine so valuing the importance of developing people’s capabilities that you design a culture that itself immersively sweeps every member of the organization into an ongoing developmental journey in the course of working every day. Imagine making the organization itself--and not separate, extra benefits--the incubator of capability…” (2016)
What would that look like to prioritize developing well-being in your school or in your classroom?
Malayter & Dehmer (2019) recommend doing 4 things to start:
To summarize, well-being is critically important. So many schools have high turnover rates and are feeling the time crunch to improve scores quickly, but what if school leaders re-focused their attention and made time to create space for teachers to grow and learn and be well? Schools that don’t prioritize well-being likely see high rates of teacher burnout and signs of deteriorating teacher and student well-being. Teacher stress affects student success and well-being! It’s important we tackle this issue. How do we do this? We look at what is being done in schools that are flourishing. We learn from the positive deviants.
I hope this quick summary of the exciting research being done on this topic helps you think about how your organization can take steps to increase teacher, student, parent, and leader well-being. Don’t forget to share your brilliant ideas with the Time for Teachership community in the comments section or on our facebook page.
Keep thinking big, acting brave, and being your best self.
Go forth and flourish!
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Lindsay Lyons (she/her) is an educational justice coach who works with teachers and school leaders to inspire educational innovation for racial and gender justice, design curricula grounded in student voice, and build capacity for shared leadership. Lindsay taught in NYC public schools, holds a PhD in Leadership and Change, and is the founder of the educational blog and podcast, Time for Teachership.