Awareness to Action: Joyful Leadership Institute Enriches Well-being in Education

National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month serves as a critical reminder of the holistic needs of students and educators alike. Amidst the priorities of academic rigor and administrative responsibilities, wellness and well-being can often take a backseat. Yet, research consistently underscores the profound impact of prioritizing well-being on both personal and professional fronts. For instance, a study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that educators who...

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Strategies for a Healthy Heart

 In pursuit of public awareness and the mitigation of various health adversities, the World Health Organization annually disseminates a chart detailing the Top 10 Causes of Death Worldwide. Notably, Ischaemic Heart Disease, commonly referred to as Heart Disease, claims the top position.

The pervasive impact of this ailment has touched the lives of us all, resonating through the struggles of loved ones, friends, and colleagues. According to recent statistics, educators, who dedicate...

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Optimizing Grant Utilization with EdSolutions Group

Schools and Districts have many federal and state grant funding opportunities and although increased funding has positive impacts on student learning outcomes, school culture, and family and community engagement, spending awarded funds in allowable, effective, and sustainable ways can be challenging. 

Every grant and funding source has its own qualifying activities for allowable uses, planning documents, requirements for reporting, and budget management. As a school administrator or...

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Tips for Educators to Deal with Mental Clutter

Do you or someone within your professional network currently grapple with the challenges associated with "mental clutter"? Defined as the myriad of thoughts inundating the conscious mind and impeding optimal cognitive function, mental clutter encompasses factors such as information overload, unmet expectations, deferred tasks, and negative emotions.

The concept of self-care extends beyond conventional notions of relaxation, encompassing the judicious management of personal and professional...

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Five Barriers to Educator Self-Care

Barriers to self care should be evaluated early on in your self-care journey so that you have the highest probability for success. The goal is to remove the barriers so you can prioritize your well-being and enhance your long term health and wellness. Remember self-care is not selfish! 

Many people struggle with barriers to self-care and taking action to prioritize their wellness. People resist addressing the barriers because it seems like it’s “just easier that way”....

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Six Self-Care Tips for Educators

At the turn of a new year, reflection often brings a raft of resolutions. It’s the perfect time for fresh starts, sowing the seeds to different habits and positive changes. No matter how much planning you do, however, daily tasks can take priority ahead of seemingly non-essential goals such as “self-care”.

This week I am sharing six self-care and wellness tips on three topics: Mindset, Habit Stacking and Journaling for you to consider adding to your wellness routine....

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11 Self-Care Tips for Educators

Educators wear numerous hats, including safeguarding the well-being of the students under their care. While it is commonly understood that prioritizing self-care enables us to better attend to the needs of those around us — be it family, students, or colleagues — finding the time for self-care within the demanding workday or at the conclusion of an exhaustive day can be a challenging endeavor for some. Unfortunately, the notion of self-care can even be misconstrued as selfish by...

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Let's Get Our Educators Out of the Trenches!

It’s time for a paradigm shift. Will we allow the burnout lurking within teachers and administrators to escalate, or will school districts prioritize and actively support educator well-being? Drawing from my extensive experience leading various educational settings and guiding colleagues through challenges, I understand the pivotal role happy and healthy educators play in our system's success. Burnout was a concern pre-COVID, and the past year and a half has only intensified the...

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Where You're Meant to Be

My educator friend, that there is magic in this world and you have it! You have the magic, you have the mindset, willpower, grit, and tenacity to lead everyone through the storm. You are relentless and you are a survivor. 

At the end of the school year, I encouraged you to FINISH STRONG. Now you are gearing up for a new year without really stopping since the last one. Remember, you aren't here to survive, you are here to thrive! 

At the beginning of the...

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Be Gentle With Yourself

If you are like me, you spent the weekend watching press conferences, reaching out to friends and family to ensure they have everything they need and making necessary plans for upcoming weeks and following CDC guidelines. It's a lot to process.

Last week I wrote "Let us all come together in calm support of one another as a community for the highest good for all. Supporting our fellow citizens and the values of our nation during good times and tough times is part of the magic we...

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