Betsy Nordell decodes the alchemy of great teaching. She translates her research on great teachers into a substantive action guide that provides an orienting framework and practical strategies that will serve as a treasured resource for new and veteran teachers, administrators, and teacher educators. Nordell provides an approach to develop a practice of ongoing renewal that will reconnect teachers to themselves, their students, their colleagues, and the noble ideals of the profession.
-- Dr. Sam Intrator, Smith College
Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Education & Child Study
If you are a teacher or want to support teachers, then read this book. Nordell approaches the work from the perspective of great teachers and what they know, think, believe, and do. Equally applicable to individual teachers seeking self-care tips, school and district leaders, and policy makers, the lessons captured by Nordell’s research provide fresh insights and sorely needed direction to a field buffeted by misapplied theories from other sectors.
-- Dr. Ethan R. Cancell, Brockton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Executive Director - Assessment, Accountability, Technology & Student Data Research
Nordell’s book is refreshingly honest and sincere. She honors and validates the complex, burnout-inducing issues teachers face, meeting them head-on with sound authoritative research and candid input from educators who present a valuable teacher voice. Her passion to support educator mental health resonates from her reflective questions throughout. This book is a powerful tool for teachers, administrators and educational policy makers at all stages of their careers.
-- Stephanie Croan, Denver Public Schools, Colorado
4th Grade Teacher/SEAL Team Specialist
Extensive literature has been brought to life here through the interplay with the teacher’s voice. Betsy Nordell clearly cares deeply about the ever-growing problem of teacher burnout, and offers readers a range of perspectives that can help navigate a positive and life-enhancing way forward.
-- Dr. Kerry Howells, University of Tasmania
More than ever, we need a deeply compassionate and thoughtful conversation about teacher burnout. Avoiding Burnout provides a rich and empathetic portrait of the emotional lives of educators, drawing on educators’ voices to cast an inspiring and timely vision for fueling the careers of educators with the power of hope, relationships, meaning, and self-compassion. A must-read for educators and educational leaders searching for inspiration and renewal!
-- Megan Marcus, Founder & Partner at FuelEd
Avoiding Burnout - Betsy Nordell
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