By Brooke Stafford-Brizard
It’s an understatement to say that the last year has been challenging for teachers. We’ve asked them to learn entirely new methods for teaching in online and hybrid environments. We’ve asked them to address the trauma and stress students are experiencing as we navigate the pandemic and we’ve asked them to do all this while navigating their stresses, both professional and personal.
A 2017 survey by the American Federation of Teachers showed that nearly two-thirds of educators usually feel stressed out, twice the level felt by workers in the general population. That stress has only multiplied since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A study released in March by the RAND Corporation, supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, raises alarm bells about pressures felt by educators during the era of remote and hybrid instruction. Consider: