Insights on Building School Morale
February 2014 issue of Educational Leadership explores why schools must become happier places for educators and how they can make it happen. Articles in this issue discuss both the reality that educators feel underappreciated and the small—or radical—changes everyone connected to schools can make to give educators reasons for optimism.
In her "Perspectives" column, Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer notes that it's easy to list problems that contribute to low morale, but what is it that builds high morale? How do we rise above the anger and apathy engendered by simultaneously being treated as objects of distrust and being expected to change the world?
Articles in the issue include
- "An Open Letter on Teacher Morale" by Dina Strasser
Advice from educators for educators about how to stay balanced during challenging times.
- "Can't Wait for Monday" by Rafe Esquith
Is teaching a daily grind, or not? And what makes the difference?
- "Getting Beyond the Blame Game" by James Harvey
Belt tightening and teacher bashing have had debilitating consequences for the well-being of schools.
- "Tough Teacher Evaluation and High Morale?" by Robert Maranto
At YES Prep Charter Schools, evaluating teachers fairly is a mission possible.
- "A Matter of Trust" by Maureen Picard Robins
An assistant principal reflects on having had three different principals in five years.