Given the challenges facing educators today, it is vitally important to understand the workings of teacher excellence. Which teachers exceed state standards for performance and continue to exhibit passion and resilience in the classroom? Beyond subject knowledge and teaching techniques, what do exemplary educators know and do that could be adapted for use by others? Exploring these questions serves as the basis for Avoiding Burnout: How Exemplary Teachers Find Fuel and Cultivate Success. The featured educators-among the most distinguished American teachers-provide insight into their successful strategies with students, parents/caregivers, colleagues, and administration. Their honest and thoughtful voices provide compelling evidence of how they navigate today's complex issues in education. Concise connections to relevant research underscore the value of their perspectives. This highly engaging and easy to use book is designed to spur thinking and conversation about what supports and inhibits educator success at all levels. In small meaningful bites, readers will learn what exemplary educators do, why they do it, and how it helps. In this time of high teacher attrition, we need to share ideas about how to succeed in the teaching profession.
About the Author
Betsy Nordell EdD, is a former classroom teacher and current teacher educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of educational settings. Since 1993, she has been teaching and coaching educators with Open Circle, a Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) Project at Wellesley College.