The Educator's Room Presents: The Teacher Self-Care Podcast
By Teacher Self-Care Podcast
The Educator's Room Presents: The Teacher Self-Care PodcastJan 23, 2022
Episode 142: Wellness as Liberation
In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Jamilah Pitts and discusses why wellness can essentially be liberation. To find out more about Jamilah's quest for self-care visit www.jamilahpitts.com.
My name is Jamilah Pitts, the Founder, and CEO of Jamilah Pitts Consulting, a firm designed to support the liberation, intergenerational healing and holistic development of students and communities of color through an emphasis on education and wellness.
Episode 141: Teacher Empowerment and Self-Care
In this episode, Franchesca interviews Chandra Joseph-Lacet and Gorgette Green-Hodnett from Real Talk, Real-Time Educators Forum and discusses the bi-product of self-care, teacher advocacy.
Chandra Joseph-Lacet has spent the last 27 years working in the field of education. She began her career in Higher Education working in various Student Affairs Departments. After 5 years in Higher Ed, Chandra decided to transition to K-12 education and began her teaching career as an Elementary School Teacher with the Boston Public Schools. In addition to working as an Elementary School Teacher, Chandra has also served as a Special Education Teacher, Literacy Coach, Special Education Coordinator and Assistant Principal. Currently, Chandra serves as a coach for teachers across the district of Boston. In this capacity, Chandra works with teachers and teacher mentors across the district to elevate instructional practices and create highly engaging, student-centered environments focused on strengthening student learning outcomes. This summer, Chandra had the pleasure of joining the faculty of Brandeis University as a Lecturer in Education in their Teacher Leadership Program.
Gorgette Green-Hodnett after completing a non-traditional program towards teacher certification, Gorgette joined Charles County Public Schools in 1998. She spent 13 years as a math teacher and served as a math department chairperson and as a full release Mentor Teacher for 3 years. Currently, Gorgette is an Instructional Resource Teacher at General Smallwood MS. As the school-based instructional leader in math, Gorgette leads professional development of best practices in math instruction and the integration of instructional technologies along with coordinating math interventions. Gorgette is also responsible for county-wide course content and professional development for the CCPS 7th Compacted Math Course.
Episode 140: Is Teacher Burnout Real?
In this episode, Franchesca interviews Dr. Renee Heiberger and Vanessa Hardaway as they discuss the realities of teacher burnout and dispel the many myths around this topic. Prior to Covid-19, the statistics of teachers leaving the profession within five years was around fifty percent. However, since the nation entered a pandemic this year, the amount of stress and burnout is on the rise. Teachers are now being asked to take on two roles (face-to-face and online) at the same time every day and it is taking a toll on educators across the nation. Based on these statistics, retention is clearly a serious concern. The educational system must continue to develop ways to appeal and draw in new teachers, but it is just as important for the system to retain the high-quality teachers who are still in the profession. When leaders and teachers can identify and address compassion fatigue and burnout, then powerful conversations can help to improve staff retention and reduce anxiety and stress.
In a dynamic and entertaining way, Dr. Renee Heiberger and Ms. Vanessa Hardaway will discuss the symptoms and causes of burnout as well as give solutions they believe will help leaders and teachers deal with stress and beat burnout. Dr. Heiberger’s research from her doctoral dissertation on teacher burnout lays the foundation for describing the consequences of burnout teachers face and Vanessa’s sense of humor, numerous stories, and real-life examples make her ideas clear and accessible to her audiences. As experienced and esteemed public speakers, Renee and Vanessa aim to deliver education, inspiration, and entertainment to a variety of audiences. They inspire educators in an authentic way that leaves them revived and rejuvenated.
Episode 138: How Therapy and Being a Virtual Audience Member Saved My Mental Well-Being
In this episode, Franchesca interviews Tanya Boucicaut- a college professor as she discusses how the 18 months in solitude forced her to go to therapy and address her mental well-being.
Tanya Boucicaut, M.F.A., M.Div. (she/hers), is Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a licensed Baptist clergywoman. Prior to her appointment at VCU, she founded a faith-based non-profit youth theatre education organization called Perfect Love Community Youth Theatre. Boucicaut co-founded the Graduate Writing Center for Theological Studies at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union (STVU). At STVU, she has also served as project director of STREAM, a high school youth theology institute, a member of the editorial team for the school’s 2017 accreditation process, and a database consultant. She is currently a Writing and Rhetoric Ph.D. student at George Mason University focusing on the intersection of Black Church Studies, Hip Hop Pedagogy, and Community Building. Boucicaut is a lover and student of hip hop with rose gold bottoms, rapped her first rhyme in Mr. Magee's 6th health case for a presentation to the beat of Puff Daddy and Mase's "Been Around the World", and she was a playwright at 17.
Episode 137:How to Self-Advocate for yourself within a Toxic School Culture
In this episode, Franchesca interviews Kwame Sarfo-Mensah from Identity Talk for Educators to discuss how toxic school cultures weigh on the mental health of educators.
Kwame Sarfo-Mensah is a 14-year veteran urban educator and the founder of Identity Talk Consulting, an independent educational consulting firm that provides professional development and consulting services to K-12 school districts, educators, colleges & universities and educational non-profit organizations. He is also the author of two books: "Shaping the Teacher Identity: 8 Lessons That Will Help Define the Teacher in You" and "From Inaction to 'In Action': Creating a New Normal for Urban Educators". As a staunch ambassador and advocate for teacher empowerment, Kwame has spoken at numerous national education conferences and worked diligently to support the recruitment and retention of teachers of color in the education system. In January 2019, he was selected to be in the inaugural cohort of the InSPIRED (In-Service Professionals Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity) Fellowship, an initiative organized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for veteran teachers of color to recruit students of color to teach in Massachusetts. As an InSPIRED Teaching Fellow, Kwame facilitated professional development workshops for aspiring teachers at universities such as Boston College, UMass Boston, and Worcester State University and has served as a guest speaker for non-profit teacher pipeline programs such as Generation Teach and Worcester Public Schools’ Future Teachers Academy. A proud graduate of Temple University, Kwame holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. He was honored as the 2019 National Member of the Year by Black Educators Rock, Inc. for his unwavering commitment to the advancement of the teacher profession. Kwame's work has also been featured in Teaching Channel, Edutopia, Education Post, WGBH News, The Educators' Room, and Medium.
Episode 136: Building Self-Compassion When Battling for Your Health
In this episode, Franchesca interviews Lisa Baylis and discusses self-compassion, autoimmune disease, and self-care for educators. Lisa is a high school teacher and counselor in British Columbia in Canada with a passion to support the well-being of educators through self-compassion. She has seen first hand, for myself, with my colleagues, and when presenting across the country, how powerful the mindset of compassion can be in growing resilience.
See more of her work at https://lisabaylis.com/
Episode 135: The Essence of Anxiety
In this episode, Franchesca interviews D'Essence Grant and discusses the crippling effects of anxiety and how teachers can move forward.
D’Essence is a young woman aspiring to make a difference in the education system. This podcast would be great for networking with like-minded people and bringing awareness to this topic in a major way. Coming from “The Delta”, rural Arkansas wasn’t the best place for education. Her grandmother and mother, who were both educators, helped instill all of the qualities that make her the teacher she is today. D’Essence has been a single mother for 11 years and has battled the education system since she first got pregnant at 16. Taking care of her son when she could barely take care of herself, now makes self-care a necessity.
Episode 134: The Misconceptions and Myths of Self-Care
In this episode, Franchesca interviews Nicole Quintana-Wolf around the misconceptions and myths when it comes to self-care. Teachers are constantly being told “take care of yourself” by the administration yet frequently they’re not given the structures or supports in which to do that. That’s why they need to take self-care into their own hands! We debunk some of these myths (such as “just take a bubble bath if you’re stressed out”) and share with listeners the key to creating a shift when it comes to implementing self-care techniques that work: mindset. Specifically, how to cultivate a positive mindset through setting intentions, affirmations, and having a gratitude practice; also honing in on the most powerful self-care techniques, such as morning routine, movement, and mood-boosting foods.
Nicole is a teacher with teaching experience, including in Florida, London UK, southside Chicago, and most recently in the Bronx, NYC.
Episode 133: The Matrix of Stress-Causing Factors That Lead to Teacher Stress and Moral Distress
In this episode, Franchesca interviews educational psychologist, Dr. Tish Jennings as she presents a matrix of stress-causing factors that lead to burnout, and shows how teachers can tackle the sources of stress at each pressure point. From the development of social and emotional competencies—so important to teachers and students alike—to the achievement of systemic change through collective efficacy, she offers hope and practical remedies for overcoming a toxic trend in education.
Dr. Jennings is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education and a Professor of Education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom, as articulated in her highly cited theoretical article "The Prosocial Classroom." Jennings led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions, and student engagement in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress. She was awarded the Cathy Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science by the Mind & Life Institute in 2018 and recently recognized by Mindful Magazine as one of the "Ten Mindfulness Researchers You Should Know." Earlier in her career, Jennings spent more than 22 years as a teacher, school director, and teacher educator. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters and several books: Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, The Trauma-Sensitive School: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching, Mindfulness in the Pre-K-5 Classroom: Helping Students Stress Less and Learn More, part of Social and Emotional Learning Solutions, a book series by WW Norton of which she is the editor. Her latest book, Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Teachers, is forthcoming next week.
Episode 132: Traps of Comparison: Being the educator YOU were meant to be.
In the opening of Season 3, host Franchesca Warren interviewed Erica N. Wortherly is a licensed clinical social worker on how comparison can steal your joy as an educator. During this candid conversation, they discuss how teachers can recognize triggers of comparison and how social media has the potential to make it even worse. To learn more about Erica and her work in mental health, click here.
Episodes 131: Administrators Need Love Too: With Systems, Work Smarter, Not Harder!
"Find systems for everything!"- Haj Womack from Teachers in Touch. In this episode, Franchesca interviews former administrator, Hajj Womack as he discusses the mental stress they're under and how admins can work to save themselves.
Episode 130: The Anti-Fragile Teacher Movement... An Interview with Nick Esposito
How can we reimagine how we think of teaching and handling mental stress? In this conversation with Nick Esposito we discuss how to take your thoughts and make them so that you can thrive while teaching despite the chaos.
Episode 129: Teaching with Turbulence...An Interview with Meredith Newlin
Are you struggling with finding your footing as the 2020-2021 school year gets started? Is virtual learning threatening your mental health? If so, join us as Meredith Newlin discusses how to find your mental balance and survive the turbulence that we KNOW is coming!
Episode 128: Using Your Passion to Fuel Your Self-Care
Episode 127: Teacher Demoralization or Teacher Burnout
Episode 125: When Teachers Tell The Truth and Live Their Best Lives
Episode 124: Why Mindfulness Can Help With Teacher Self-Care
Episode 123: Finding Your Why
Episode 122: Today is Going to AwesomeSAUCE
Episode 121: The Power of Mentorship
Episode 120: The Pedagogy of Purpose
Episode 119: Philadelphia Self-Care Conference Recap
Episode 118: Four Steps to Establishing Self-Care Routine
Episode 117: Being an Advocate For Yourself as a Teacher..A Conversation with Angela Watson
Episode 116: Why I Quit My Job...
Episode 115: 5 Ways School Leaders Can Help Flourishing Teachers
Episode 114: Turn In Or Burn Out to Avoid Teacher Burnout
113: Why I Left My Job in October- PTSD and Teaching
112: Trauma Informed Practices for Teachers
111: My Self-Care Story
110: Practicing Principal Self-Care
109: Using Religion to Help With Teacher Self-Care
108: How Leaders Can Address Teacher Self-Care
107: The Journey of Self-Care and Teacher Wellness
106: When Your Self-Care is in the Pages of a Book
105: The Happy Teacher Revolution: Why Every Teacher Needs It
104: Teacher Credibility and Self-Care
103: The Truth Behind the Decline of Mental Health of Teachers in Graduate School Programs
Harvard Study: Graduate Student Mental Health: Lessons from American Economics Departments
102: Familial Ties and Teacher Self-Care
101: Practicing Teacher Self-Care Through a Divorce
You can find Lori on Twitter or on The Educator's Room as a writer and we hope you’ll find this episode inspirational, motivational, and full of helpful tips!