Today’s educational system faces unprecedented challenges brought on by or adjacent to the COVID-19 pandemic. A system-wide focus on workforce well-being has emerged as a key strategy toward restoring stability. This directory is designed to help districts and schools promote well-being among administrators, teachers, and other staff. Part of the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environment’s (NCSSLE’s) efforts to connect research and practice on key topics, it draws on researcher and practitioner roundtables as well as an extensive literature scan to provide a wide range of resources about ways to promote staff well-being. Its purpose is to elevate activities, programs, and frameworks that are grounded in research evidence about improving staff well-being along one or more dimensions. We also produced the Working Well Podcast Series where we hear directly from a variety of educators on the frontlines.
We have organized the resources into seven general approaches, each of which is supported by evidence. Many resources represent more than one approach. Click on each of the approaches below for more information and supporting citations.
In the column to the right, in the "Narrow Your Results" block, you can filter the resources by approach, topic, and primary audience(s). To meet as many needs and interests as possible, we offer a wide variety of resource types, from blog posts and podcasts to academic journal articles.
Staff well-being is a growing field of study, and more resources will be added to this directory as they emerge. Note that many resources presented here were developed during the COVID-19 pandemic and address the unique stresses of that time. However, because so many challenges faced by school staff predate the pandemic — or have persisted beyond that intensive period of need — those resources remain relevant.