Burnout isn’t a new concept for school leaders and staff, but prolonged uncertainty and intensity of the pandemic is pushing educators in all roles to reconsider their careers. Results of a national survey of teachers found high levels of stress and varying degrees of anxiety. And an increasing rate of superintendent resignations and early retirements is a reminder of the toll of COVID-19.
As COVID-19 persists amid other concerns, sharing leadership and maintaining self-care are among tips offered by principals and superintendents. Administrators often feel like they are carrying the “weight” of the school (and community) on their shoulders. But they are surrounded by a team of fellow leaders who bring specific skill sets and lessen the burden.