One of the reasons that teachers experience so much stress at work is that they haven’t developed the social and emotional skills that are required to work under the conditions that they’re faced with. To address this need, a team at the Garrison Institute created the CARE for Teachers program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education). We recently held our Tenth Annual CARE for Teachers retreat at the Institute.
Research has confirmed that the CARE program supports teachers by improving their emotional regulation, reducing their psychological distress, and improving their physical health, among other benefits. However, one of the most exciting dimensions of the recent research is that CARE not only improves the well-being of the teachers but it also improves the dynamics of their classrooms by helping students become more productive and open to learning. (See our infographic on the recent CARE study here.)
To learn more about the CARE research, please watch the two short videos below. The first video is a short animation that explains the study and the second video describes the study’s significance, featuring Garrison Institute Senior Fellow Tish Jennings.
3 comments on “VIDEO: Improving the Well-Being of Teachers and Students”
I gained so much more information from the second video with Tish Jennings. I would seriously consider taking down the cartoon. The logo is old fashion, the information takes too long to make a point and the graphics are again very dated. Frankly the first video is boring and does not do justice to your program.
Your Twitter feed on the other hand is remarkable. I’m sending the Twitter Feed link to a friend of mine who might be interested in your program.
Remember folks today have attention spans like a rat on crack.
This work and these studies are very encouraging. My visual/auditory learning self appreciated both animated video and Tish’s explanation. As a mindfulness instructor, I observe the benefits to teachers who participate in their students’ mindfulness sessions. As I develop my teaching practice, I am considering how best to support lasting benefits for school communities. Can a single session of classes or a five day retreat be enough to create lasting change?
One of the things I would love to see in these videos is data on long term effects of CARE. How important is it that teachers have an ongoing practice or regular “top ups” of the techniques and principles in order for the beneficial effects to continue? And how about school-wide effects? If X number of teachers in a given school get CARE and Y number do not, how does the overall culture change? Also, what about school leadership teams? How important is it that principals and administrators also get CARE for the overall effect to be felt most fully at any school?
I was looking for support and advice in how to cultivate a compassion environment in mu university