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“Where words fail, music speaks"

As a teacher leader, it is important to model balance. (Crazy, right?) No, it is actually essential to the health and well-being of our teachers. Simply stated, stress kills. Work-related stressors and the illnesses they cause are more deadly than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or influenza according to a working paper from Harvard and Stanford Business Schools. Could the answer be as simple as music? Hans Christian Anderson wrote, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Tweet: “Dr. KeithHerman & Dr. Wendy Reinke, both professors in the MU College of Education, and doctoral student Jal’et Hickmon-Rosa found that 93 % of elementary school teachers report that they are experiencing a high stress level.” In the article “Lots of teachers are super stressed out” Dr. Herman is quoted as saying, “We as a society need to consider methods that create nurturing school environments not just for students, but for the adults who work there.” Dr. Herman goes on to suggest that “this could mean finding ways f…

Summer Professional Development

How many days of scheduled PD are on your calendar this summer? I’m currently at 12 days which doesn’t include professional reading (Everyday Instructional Coaching by @DrLangraad) or our annual back to school week. Yes, this is all on my vacation time. This year, our district added a voluntary week before the week of scheduled PD on campus. Perhaps teachers should share their summer plans for professional development and the cost they are personally absorbing so that non-educators could begin to glean what educators do with their summer free time. Can you believe that our schools are under 80 days from beginning another school year? My plan (still working on it) is shared simply to help me be accountable. Teach Arkansas Lecture Series June 4th TLAG and Microcredential Work and evening lecture i2 …