Culture & Contexts for Teaching
Teachers cannot fully engage their calling in isolation. While teaching can and often does feel like an isolating profession, a teacher's level of effectiveness, confidence, and competence is influenced by the culture in which they work and the relationships they have with their students, peers, and administrators.
In other words; the culture of a school represents the health of the relationships of the individuals who make up the school.
At its core, teaching is a relationship-based profession.
As an administrator, how you invest in your educators' mental, emotional, and psychological health matters to the ethos of the space where you and they work.
Hargraeves and Fullan (2012) remind leaders that when they are closely connected to their teachers' learning and in knowing their teachers, they build professional capital. Creating a culture of teacher well-being is about "leaders taking time to know their people and what their people do, and know how to bring out the best from the people collectively" (p. 166).
Ethic of Care
& Ethos of Compassion
Every session and every experience in our research-based curriculum cultivates an inner ethos of self-care and compassion for others. Our research shows that school buildings that engage their educators in this work for sustained and consecutive sessions co-create an ethos and culture of care among the staff that positively transforms relationships. As individual educators turn inward and cultivate greater self-awareness, understanding, and compassion, they begin to turn outward toward their peers and students with greater awareness, understanding, and compassion.