In short, The Teaching Well's mission is to create cultures where educators thrive. We believe that the health and well-being of educators makes a critical difference in school culture, teacher retention and the lives of students, and that teacher well-being is inextricably linked to student success.
We are committed to cultivating healthy, resilient educators by providing a variety of experiential, body and communication-based workshops and mentoring for educators, community sites and districts. We believe that when teachers and administrators focus on their own well-being and healthy communication, school sites, systems and educational outcomes will transform.
Teacher Burnout, the priority issue that The Teaching Well addresses, is a huge problem in American education—and one that is going largely unaddressed. We can raise standards, change curriculum and require more rigorous certifications for teachers, but if they leave the classroom in less than five years, all is lost.
Our solution-oriented work is based in research on mindfulness in schools, mirror neurons, stress resilience capacity and thriving schools. In 2016, Bruce Fuller (University of California/ Berkeley), Anisah Waite (University of Virginia), and David Torres Irribarra (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile) studied teacher attrition in high-poverty Los Angeles elementary and high schools. The authors came to this conclusion: The most important factor motivating teachers to remain at a school (or leave) was their sense of the school’s coherence – organizational leadership, material and social support, trust in colleagues, and a shared commitment to raising achievement.
The Teaching Well provides teachers with a greater capacity to build positive school site relationships (amongst administrators, colleagues and students) and creates an environment conducive to learning by facilitating time for teacher well-being and self-care. We increase teacher retention rates and help schools save money that would otherwise be spent on training new teachers at district and school levels, rebuilding lost instructional expertise, rebuilding staff camaraderie, and rebuilding and introducing new teachers to relationships and resources in families and community.
We are a fiscally-sponsored non-profit organization through Inquiring Systems, Inc. which incubates and launches non-profit organization committed to ethical social change.