Burnout: Who’s looking out for teachers, paras’ mental health?
Who supports the mental health of teachers and paraeducators?
A Gallup poll in June found that four in 10 K-12 workers in the U.S. (44%) said they "always" or "very often" feel burned out at work, outpacing all other industries nationally.
According to a Rand Corporation survey, also in June, teachers and principals in the U.S. are experiencing frequent job-related stress at a rate about twice that of the general population of working adults.
This hour on Where We Live, we hear from paraeducators and a teacher trainer about resignations and mounting stress on the job.
Also, we spotlight ongoing, $8 million research under a federal grant by UConn Health, UConn School of Education, and UMass (Lowell) on ways to improve mental healthcare for teachers.
And, Catherine Shen, Connecticut Public Education reporter, weighs in.
- Monique Revellese: Paraeducator, Canterbury. [Previously recorded comment.]
- Cameo Thorne: Restorative Practice Trainer of Teachers & Students, New Haven. Former public school teacher.
- Catherine Shen: Education Reporter, Connecticut Public Radio
- Jenn Cavallari: Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, UConn School of Medicine