"Working Well" Podcast

Working Well Podcast Series

The educational system continues to face unprecedented challenges. A system-wide focus on workforce well-being has emerged as a key strategy towards restoring stability and a priority for school administrators. As part of NCSSLE’S Research to Practice Initiative, we convened several roundtable discussions with a variety of researchers and educators in urban and rural communities. We wanted to better understand the well-being practices being implemented in schools and learn how expanding some of these practices could serve to improve the overall conditions for teaching.

As a result, NCSSLE has curated a compendium of exemplary practices and produced this podcast series. In these conversations we speak with a researcher, superintendent, principal, teacher and school psychologist, all of whom have a story to tell. We discuss the challenges they confront, lessons learned, and their recommendations going forward. We know that the health of the educational system and its workforce is critical to student success, and a concerted investment in staff well-being will help to ensure that outcome.

To further support and promote staff well-being, we also created the Working Well Resource Directory for administrators, teachers, and other staff. 

Please note, the contents of this podcast do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does it imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.


On this episode of Working Well, we speak with Jermar Rountree, a Pre-K through 8th grade health and physical education teacher at Center City Public Charter School, Brightwood Campus, in the Washington D.C., area. Center City School is a Title I school in a densely populated, lower-income area and has a little over 250 students, with approximately 50% identifying as African-American and 50% as Hispanic.


On this episode of Working Well we talk with Elvina Charley, Ed.S. She is a bi-lingual Diné (Navajo) school psychologist for the Kayenta Unified School District of the Navajo Nation of Northeastern Arizona. Kayenta educates over 2,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students; a majority of students are bilingual and speak the language of the Navajo people.


On this episode of Working Well we speak with Dr. Ricki Gibbs. At the time of the recording, Dr. Gibbs was the principal at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School, in Nashville, TN, but recently transitioned to be the head of all elementary schools for LEAD Public Schools, also in Nashville.


On this episode of Working Well we speak with Dr. Georgeanne Warnock, who has been the Superintendent of Terrell Independent School District, in Terrell, Texas, since January 2020.


On this episode of Working Well we speak with Dr. Patricia Jennings, Professor of Education, from the University of Virginia, an internationally recognized researcher and leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness.

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