THE CAREGIVERS AND TEACHERS WELLBEING GROUP

The Caregivers and Teachers’ Wellbeing Group is a collaborative initiative that advances the inner wellbeing of teachers and educators worldwide. Through pioneering research and global advocacy efforts, we’re working to build a future of education where wellbeing is fundamentally integrated and prioritized at every level.

We do this in collaboration with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, Duke University (Duke Global Health Institute and Center for Health Policy & Inequalities) and seven global and regional education and caregiving institutions, which are represented typically by their CEOs or other senior leaders.

CARING FOR OUR TEACHERS

The Caregivers and Teachers Wellbeing Group is working to raise awareness on the importance of teacher wellbeing.

While teachers must be proactive for caring for their wellbeing, they can’t do it alone. We all have a responsibility to ensure our teachers are well so our societies can flourish.

SUPPORTING RESEARCH

Teacher Wellbeing: Findings from a Scoping Literature Review and Case Studies in Cambodia, Kenya and Qatar

This report covers a set of case studies involving original, in-depth interview data collection with 90 teachers and 16 principals in high-performing schools in Cambodia, Kenya, and Qatar. The purpose of the study was to better understand the factors behind teachers’ wellbeing, and teachers’ work-related burnout.

Teachers impact children in a lot of ways, from teaching the lifelong skill of how to learn, to the practical skills to navigate daily life and to modeling healthy, respectful interactions. To optimally teach children, we need teachers with strong wellbeing.

THE MISSION

To enable and support the inner wellbeing of teachers and caregivers to build a future of education where wellbeing is fundamentally integrated and prioritized.

 THE APPROACH

The Caregivers and Teachers Wellbeing Group convenes key global and regional education and caregiving institutions to learn, guide and give feedback on a soon to be published research study featuring cases from Cambodia, Kenya, and Qatar which will support global awareness raising on the need and importance to advocate for caregiver and teacher wellbeing.

As a society, we can all contribute to teacher wellbeing by respecting and supporting our 94 million teachers worldwide

KEY RESEARCH LEARNINGS

Teacher Wellbeing occurs when:

  • – Teachers are respected and derive purpose from their work
  • – Teachers prioritize their emotional wellbeing
  • – Teachers experience a supportive work environment

Teacher Burnout occurs when:

  • – Administrative burden is high
  • – Student discipline is low
  • – Work-life balance is missing
  • – Job insecurity is high or pay is low

Shifting to Action

Teachers, principals, parents, and national, provincial, and local level education bodies all have important roles in promoting teacher wellbeing.

REFLECTIONS FROM OUR MEMBERS

I salute The Wellbeing Project and the Caregivers and Teachers Wellbeing Group for their unrelenting and impassioned commitment and dedication to a long overdue transformation of education. They are working tirelessly to bring the missing third dimension into an antiquated education system no longer fit for purpose, and I am deeply grateful to be a part of their inspiring community.

Leslee Udwin, CEO and Founder of Think Equal

It has been a pleasure to work with researchers and other colleagues around the world around the topic of teacher well-being. Being able to understand and collectively help improve how this topic is being addressed in different countries—beyond the dominant places of data collection—gives me an enormous enthusiasm about having research better reflecting the diversity we need to better help teachers all over the world develop the skill of wellbeing.

– Daniela Labra Cardero, Director, Atentamente

Teachers are the heartbeat of communities across the globe yet their struggles to simply make it through the day are not often recognized. Being a part of the CTW community has represented, however, a beacon of hope. By shining a light on what teachers struggle with and providing insights into how they can be supported to not only remain in the profession but also flourish, the findings of the CTW work suggest a path forward.

– John Gasko, Chief Well-being and SEL Officer, Uplift Education.

OUR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS

Ahmed M. Baghdady
Manager, Research and Content Development
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
Associate Research Professor,
Global Health
Duke University

Chelsea Prax
Children’s Health & Wellbeing
American Federation of Teachers

Daniela_CTW Member

Daniela Labra Cardero
Founder and Chair
Atentamente

Dominic Regester
Program Director
Salzburg Global Seminar

John Gasko
Chief Well-Being and SEL Officer
Uplift Education

Karen Spencer
Founder & CEO
Whole Child International

Leslee Udwin CTW Member

Leslee Udwin
CEO
ThinkEqual

Rachel Brody
Head of Inclusive Education and
Programmatic Partnerships
Teach for All

Stephanie Wong-Teach for All

Stephanie Wong
Director, Leadership Development
Teach for All

OUR FIRST GRASSROOTS SUPPORTERS

Ahmed M. Baghdady
Manager, Research and Content Development
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Chelsea Prax
Children’s Health & Wellbeing
American Federation of Teachers

Daniela_CTW Member

Daniela Labra Cardero
Founder and Chair
Atentamente

Dominic Regester
Program Director
Salzburg Global Seminar

John Gasko
Chief Well-Being and SEL Officer
Uplift Education

Karen Spencer
Founder & CEO
Whole Child International

Leslee Udwin
CEO
ThinkEqual

Rachel Brody
Head of Inclusive Education and
Programmatic Partnerships
Teach for All

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
Associate Research Professor,
Global Health
Duke University

Are you interested in learning more about The Caregivers and Teachers Wellbeing Group and how we work?

Please reach out to our Ecosystem & Awareness Manager at xymena@wellbeing-project.org.

Research Study

A research study will be published at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in December 2021. The main purpose of this study is to better understand teacher wellbeing in a multi-country context (Qatar, Kenya, and Cambodia) and to identify the individual and contextual factors that may transform and sustain teacher wellbeing.

Storytelling campaign

A storytelling campaign will accompany the research study in December 2021.

Shifting to action

A second phase will focus on shifting from research to action.

Are you interested in learning more about The Caregivers and Teachers Wellbeing Group and how we work?

Please reach out to our Ecosystem & Awareness Manager at Xymena@wellbeing-project.org.

Ahmed M. Baghdady
Manager, Research and Content Development
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
Associate Research Professor,
Global Health
Duke University

John Gasko
Chief Well-Being and SEL Officer
Uplift Education

Daniela Labra Cardero
Founder and Chair
Atentamente

Dominic Regester
Program Director
Salzburg Global Seminar

Leslee Udwin
CEO
ThinkEqual

Karen Spencer
Founder & CEO
Whole Child International

Rachel Brody
Head of Inclusive Education and
Programmatic Partnerships
Teach for All

Chelsea Prax
Children’s Health & Wellbeing
American Federation of Teachers