Sending Office: Honorable Tim Ryan
Help Our Teachers!
Cosponsor H.R. 4221: The Teacher Health and Wellness Act
Supported by: National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), the Committee for Children,
The New Teachers Project (TNTP), Public Advocacy for Kids
Cosponsors: Bost*, Fitzpatrick, Raskin
High levels of stress are adversely affecting teachers’ health. According to a 2014 Gallup survey, 46 percent of teachers experience high daily stress during the school year. This percentage is tied for the highest rate of high daily stress among occupations.
Stress affects the physical health of teachers which compromises teaching performance and negatively impacts student well-being. Elementary school teachers who have greater stress and show more symptoms of depression create classroom environments that are
less conducive to learning.
Stress is contributing to the high turnover rate among teachers. This high turnover rate is estimated to cost over $7 billion per year. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Basic research is needed on additional ways to reduce teacher stress
and support teacher health and wellness.” The Teacher Health and Wellness Act provides this support by creating a pilot study at the National Institute of Health aimed at reducing teacher stress and increasing teacher retention and well-being
by implementing and analyzing the results of the following programs:
- Workplace wellness programs that improve teacher health, attendance, and engagement.
- Social emotional learning programs that help teachers improve student engagement in the classroom.
- Teacher stress management programs that improve teacher performance.
- Mentoring and induction programs during the school year and teacher pre-service that improve teacher well-being.
- Organizational interventions such as principal training programs that reduce stress through supervisor/peer support and increasing opportunities for teachers to participate in professional learning communities, teacher leadership positions and decision-making
regarding school interventions and management.
- Teacher residency programs that provide mental health and psychological support.
- Complementary health approaches, such as mindfulness meditation, that improve teacher performance.
- School reorganization that creates the conditions to facilitate the transmission and sharing of knowledge among teachers.
- Other innovative evidence-based approaches that reduce stress and increase well-being in the teaching profession, which may include increased compensation.
Join us in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. To learn more or to cosponsor, please contact Rachel Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Congressman Ryan’s Office or Noah Yantis (email@example.com) in Congressman Bost’s Office.
Tim Ryan Mike Bost
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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