Entries by Joanne McEachen

Teachers’ Moral Injury

I recently came across an article from STAT that discusses the moral injury experienced by physicians – injury commonly misclassified as “burnout.” It argues that burnout is a wrongful diagnosis that speaks to a lack of resilience or resourcefulness, while in reality there’s a far deeper source of their struggles: the health system’s failure to […]

Setting out on the Journey to System-Wide Wellbeing

Goldendale School District is a district of three schools (one primary, one middle, and one high school) and 920 students located in Washington State. To help kick off the 2019-20 school year, teachers and other school- and district-level staff engaged in The Learner First’s Wellbeing First Workshop, designed to promote professional wellbeing in ways that […]

Wellbeing First

When working with teachers and school-level leadership through the question of what matters most at their school, I like to tell them a tale of two students. Meet Lucas and Jasmine – two students whose stories are partially described in the following table of data, which includes Learning Progression ratings for Self-Understanding, Creativity, and Connection. […]

Community & Contribution: How Can Schools Improve Their Communities?

Communities across the United States share a common and worthy concern: how can our community improve its schools? The value we place on individuals’ education stems from the long-standing promise of the American school system that receiving an education leads to better-paying jobs, reduced inequality, and lifelong success. But despite being more highly educated than […]

Future for Us

In January 2019, Seattle’s Aparna Rae and Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno launched Future for Us, an initiative designed to accelerate the advancement of women of color through community, culture, and career development. They envision a world where women of color lead at the highest levels of corporate, government, and social sector organizations. For everyone pioneering this […]

Chaos or Mindfulness?

After spending a week in Austria at the Salzburg Global Seminar on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), I was inspired to rekindle my attempts to make mindfulness a purposeful part of my life. The inspiration came from leading voices from all over the world – from Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi), who spoke about […]

Diminishing Returns

A recent article from the FFT Education Datalab examined the effects of school quality on students’ long-term outcomes. The study compared students from lower- and higher-performing schools over the span of fourteen years and concluded that while measures of school quality were somewhat associated with measures of students’ long-term outcomes, the association diminished over time. […]