In response to worsening humanitarian crises, many of which have been compounded by COVID-19, there is a growing and urgent need to prioritize and respond to human wellbeing through education. While approaches to wellbeing through education are often centered around the needs of children and youth, teacher wellbeing is vitally important. Teachers in crisis-affected contexts work in complex education environments, often with minimal support, where they take on a multitude of roles and non-traditional responsibilities to address diverse student and community needs (Kirk & Winthrop, 2013; Mendenhall et al., 2018).
Armed conflicts contribute to the destruction of the infrastructure and resources needed to maintain safe and functional schools. The displacement that results from these conflicts often produces a sudden influx of children and youth and acute teacher shortages. The adversity experienced by both teachers and students in such settings brings tension, anxiety, and feelings of severe insecurity into their everyday lives, thereby disrupting learning progress and impeding education’s promise (Winthrop & Kirk, 2008).
Defining Teacher Wellbeing
INEE’s Landscape Review (Falk et al., 2019) uses a socio-ecological framework to define teacher wellbeing as context-specific across the individual, school, community, national/regional and international levels. Wellbeing encompasses how teachers feel and function in their jobs; and includes teachers’ affections, attitudes, and evaluations of their work (Schleicher, 2018; Collie et al., 2015). Thus, resources used to support teacher wellbeing must be contextualized, ideally through a participatory process that places teachers at the center.
Tools & Resources to Support Teacher Wellbeing
Through the work of the collaboratives on Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) and Psychosocial Support and Social and Emotional Learning (PSS-SEL), INEE has made significant contributions to teacher wellbeing in emergency settings. INEE now seeks to develop a Teacher Wellbeing Toolkit to support EiE actors to meet the specific needs of teachers in their local contexts,
This first output of the Teacher Wellbeing Toolkit comprises a tools & resources mapping and a gap analysis report, building on the existing body of work by collecting existing resources, tools, and policy or advocacy documents that address teacher wellbeing in emergency settings. INEE has mapped these materials across its socio-ecological model of teacher wellbeing to identify gaps in the availability of materials at the individual, school, and community levels, and in national, regional, and international policy environments.
The below collection of resources was curated under the Teacher Wellbeing Toolkit Project, with support from the Teacher Wellbeing Reference Group, and selected from among the Teacher Wellbeing Tools & Resources Mapping lead by Sophia D’Angelo, Samaya Mansour and Lisa Walker.