June 15, 2021

Lessons In Leadership: 4 district leaders share advice for addressing burnout

As several spring resignations nationwide illustrate, the toll of an unprecedented year of disruption is being felt at all levels of K-12.

The social-emotional toll of a year of unprecedented disruption by the coronavirus pandemic is being felt at all levels of K-12 school systems, from students and teachers in classrooms to superintendents in central offices. This is perhaps best evidenced by the spring trifecta of superintendent resignations in the nation’s three largest school districts, a visible reminder that the public health crisis has led educators across districts of all sizes nationwide to consider new jobs or exiting the profession entirely.

With burnout a very clear and tangible concern, we asked four district leaders to share their advice for preventing and addressing mental and emotional strains that come with leading in a tumultuous time.

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