No educator can perform at 100 percent capacity while juggling so many stressors at work. And we need to assume people are struggling; no one should have to reveal their trauma to strangers to be accommodated. 

At a time of overlapping crises, we need to assume that our neighbors, our colleagues, and our students are struggling—and go from there. As so many authors of the articles in this course explain, people are hurting. Educators are hurting. Black educators are especially hurting. Jill Harrison Berg and Henry Oppong write that “we’re not OK, and that’s OK.”

Understandably, educators are hesitant to talk about their emotional struggles and we can no longer go about business as usual. We’re in a pandemic. We’re feeling the isolation of social distancing. Our nation is more divided than ever. Our kids are scared, and our colleagues are burning out. 

As a result of this course, we hope educators will gain a deeper understanding of how to create better supports in schools to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and feelings of anxiety.

5 Additional Hours!

The certificate course allows you to earn 5 additional hours of professional development by adding the certificate course to your symposium registration.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome

    • Course Objectives

    • FAQs

    • Before We Begin

  • 2

    Assignment 1

    • Activity 1.1 - Read: How Cognitive Distortions Undermine Well-being by Chase Mielke

  • 3

    Assignment 2

    • Activity 2.1 - Read: Coping with Change and Uncertainty by Phyllis L. Fagell

  • 4

    Assignment 3

    • Activity 3.1 - Read : Opening Up About Mental Illness by Sydney Chaffee

  • 5

    Assignment 4

    • Activity 4.1 - Read: Breaking Through the "Burden of Strength" by Kel Hughes Jones

  • 6

    Assignment 5

    • Activity 5.1 - Read: Teaching While Black: An Open Letter to School Leaders by Sharif El-Mekki

  • 7

    Assignment 6

    • Activity 6.1 - Read: Being Accepted, Not Just Tolerated, Is Good for Mental Health by Peter DeWitt

  • 8

    Assignment 7

    • Activity 7.1 - Read: The Mental Balancing Act for School Leaders by Baruti Kafele

  • 9

    Assignment 8

    • Activity 8.1 - Read: When Netflix Isn't Enough: Fostering True Recovery for Educators by Allison Rodman, Alissa Farias, & Shannon Szymczak

  • 10

    Assignment 9

    • Activity 9.1 - Read: Interrupting Doom Loops: Reflections on Mid-Year Teacher Exits by Henry Seton

  • 11

    Assignment 10

    • Activity 10.1 - Read: Fueling Teachers' Passion & Purpose by Ian Parker Renga, Frederick Peck, Ke Wu, & David Erickson

  • 12

    Assignment 11

    • Activity 11.1 - Read: Caring for Colleagues in Crisis by Susan Johnson

  • 13

    Assignment 12

    • Activity 12.1 - Read: Restoring Teachers' Efficacy by Bryan Goodwin and Susan Shebby

  • 14

    Assignment 13

    • Activity 13.1 - Read: Regaining "Compassion Satisfaction" by Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey

    • Activity 13.2 - View

  • 15

    Assignment 14

    • Activity 14.1 - Read: We're Not OK, and That's OK by Jill Harrison Berg & Henry Oppong

  • 16

    Assignment 15

    • Activity 15.1 - Read: Honoring Black Educators' Right to Heal and Thrive by Dena Simmons

  • 17

    Assignment 16

    • Activity 16.1 - Read: The Lowdown on Burnout by Elena Aguilar

  • 18


    • Before You Go

    • Final Reflection & Survey

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Call the ASCD Service Center at 1-800-933-2723.


  • Can the course be accessed via phone or tablet?

    The course platform is completely responsive, so you may use any device of your choice.

  • How is learning assessed?

    This course utilizes a combination of Knowledge Check quizzes and written assignments.

  • How are assignments submitted?

    Assignments are uploaded directly onto the certificate platform.

  • Is there a final exam?

    No; there is no cumulative exam or summative assessment. Certificate requirements are met by completing each assignment, (reading/viewing and corresponding activity).

  • What is the deadline for completing the certificate course?

    All assignments should be completed by May 31, 2021, when the course will close.

Limited Availablity!

Course begins January 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

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