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Self-Compassion for Teachers

3 Credits
Teachers face unprecedented stress and demands in the current educational landscape. But, as the WestEd Center for Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety reported, 'in order to support others, educators must support themselves first. In fact, across helping professions generally, self-care is considered an ethical imperative' (Pate, 2020). This research-based course provides K-12 teachers hands-on experience with a vast array of self-compassion practices, applying these practices within their teaching role.

Teachers will discover the self-compassion tools and best practices most effective for them and develop plans to model and facilitate similar practices for students and colleagues within their respective educational roles. Teachers struggling to include themselves in the circle of care they extend to students and their families, fellow teachers, and their own loved ones will receive validation and encouragement from this course, while learning self-care practicices that can be immediately implemented into their professional lives.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately.

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Dr. MaryJo Burchard

I have taught for over 25 years in many settings, including kindergarten and business college in Japan, third and fourth grade and K-8 performing arts in a private Christian school, children's ministry in numerous churches, and leadership coursework on the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. I still teach part-time in higher ed, but my primary focus now is helping organizations, teams, educators, and other leaders create humane environments amidst major disruption and recover from workplace trauma and disorienting change. I believe self-compassion, a sense of belonging, trust, and curiosity are human essentials for everyone – including those teaching and leading others.