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Housman Institute, a leader in research and training in emotional, cognitive, and social early learning, is pleased to introduce an important program to help all early childhood and elementary educators, specialists, and caregivers learn to understand and manage their stress.
Now more than ever teachers are experiencing tremendous levels of stress. In fact, well before the global pandemic, two-thirds of teachers reported feeling stressed-out and found their work to be stressful 61% of the time, according to an AFT survey, and nearly a quarter of respondents said work was “always” stressful. Teachers are juggling and shifting and handling more than ever before, all while trying to maintain their own well-being. The impact that stress and anxiety have on educators takes a toll not only on their mental health and well-being but also on their ability to teach and our students’ ability to learn.
As educators today are dealing with unique stresses that make it hard for them to maintain their levels of excellence, they are of course also trying to cope with their own life challenges. Ordinary job stress has surged almost overnight from the usual day-to-day classroom issues to include learning to teach online without much training, heightened concern for their students, their own health and well being, and attending to their student’s behavior and their ability to focus and continue to thrive. That’s a lot of pressure squarely on the shoulders of an educator, and this four-course program will help teachers to understand, manage, and attend to their emotional health and give them the key social-emotional tools to carry with them.
We know that when teachers are calm and focused they are more effective in their role to successfully guide and teach children. With more and more emphasis on the importance of social and emotional learning for children, we cannot ignore the stress and emotions that educators are experiencing. Teachers are key socializers for the children they care for and educate. If they are not attending to their own social and emotional well being, they are not able to appropriately model behavior for children to emulate. Children are emotional detectives, and when they perceive the important adults in their world as stressed or anxious they pick up on those emotions. When educators are overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, and they cannot successfully manage and regulate their own emotions, their performance can’t help but suffer. They cannot be there for their classroom, and they cannot help their children with their own social and emotional learning and needs.
Helping Teachers Help Themselves is a comprehensive asynchronous four-course program created specifically to address the emotional well-being of early childhood and elementary educators, caregivers, and specialists. Through the program, teachers will gain an understanding of their emotions and the skills they need to regulate and manage their stress and anxiety. The course is completely self-paced so teachers can complete it at their leisure.
The program is based on over 35 years of research and practice by Dr. Donna Housman, founder, and CEO of Housman Institute. Dr. Housman has educated thousands of children and trained hundreds of teachers in her flagship evidence-based and research-informed training program, begin to ECSEL, centering on emotional, cognitive, and social early learning from birth. Having worked with educators for so many years, Dr. Housman recognized that teachers’ own emotionality, mental health, and well-being is critical to not only their ability to help support and guide children in the building blocks of emotional intelligence but also to their own professional and personal growth and satisfaction.
Course One: The Building Blocks of Emotional Intelligence - Gain an understanding of the connection between our emotions and our behavior and how our emotions impact our thinking, work, and social interactions.
Course Two: Emotional Awareness: Understanding Your Own Emotionality - In this course, you will gain an understanding of the importance of your own emotionality, be able to identify six levels of emotional awareness, and recognize that helping children manage their own emotions starts with your own emotional awareness.
Course Three: Understanding the Impact of Stress - Through this course, you will understand the three types of stress, the causes of stress, and its impact on our physical and mental health, our personal and professional relationships, lives, and well-being.
Course Four: Take Care of You! Stress Management & Self-Care - In this course, you will learn techniques to enhance your own emotionality and to deal with stress; including physiological regulation, mindfulness practices, and self-reflective journaling.
President, American Federation of Teachers
Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D