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Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools []


Teaching is one of the most stressful occupations in the country, but introducing organizational and individual interventions can help minimize the negative effects of teacher stress.

The Issue 

This research brief examines causes of teacher stress, its effects on teachers, schools, and students, and strategies for reducing its impact.  

Key Findings

  • Forty-six percent of teachers report high daily stress, which compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.

  • When teachers are highly stressed, students show lower levels of both social adjustment and academic performance.

  • Interventions on the organizational or individual level, or those that reach both, can help reduce teacher stress by changing the culture and approach to teaching.

  • Programs for mentoring, workplace wellness, social emotional learning, and mindfulness are all proven to improve teacher well-being and student outcomes.


The escalating teacher crisis is affecting students’ educational outcomes, impacting teachers’ health, and costing U.S. schools billions of dollars each year. The authors suggest improving school organization, job demands, support and autonomy, and personal emotional resources for teachers.

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Teachers in Canada are having great success using Self-Reg (Dr. Stuart Shanker), a process that students of all ages, as well as teachers and parents, can use throughout the life span to promote self-regulation. I just learned that it was incorporated into the Ontario kindergarten curriculum this year, which is amazing!

There are tons of free resources on the MEHRIT Centre's website for those who are interested in learning more. And also the recently published Self-Reg book for the lay person.

Is anyone on here a Canadian teacher who's had success with Self-Reg in the classroom and can speak to how challenging (or not) it was to implement?

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