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Habits of Resilient Educators

Habits of Resilient Educators
Strategies for Thriving During Times of Anxiety, Doubt, and Constant Change

  • Lindsay Prendergast - Assistant Director of Professional Learning, The Danielson Group
  • Piper Lee - Senior Account Manager for Strategic Accounts, NWEA/HMH

Foreword by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm

February 2024 | 208 pages | Corwin

It’s time to shift the narrative — teaching should be joyful and teachers can feel successful…even in the face of challenging circumstances.

During a time when many educators are leaving the profession, others have rolled up their sleeves and shined brightly through the challenges and pressures of the tumultuous education landscape. Countless others are just entering the field, eager to contribute and make an impact on the lives of their students. What can we learn from both of these types of teachers? What are the habits we know that enable teachers to be effective no matter the environment? And how do we build and sustain professional and personal practices that help us rise to every challenge? (Because let’s face it… there are a lot of challenges!)

Habits of Resilient Educators answers these questions, providing teachers with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop habits that will create joyful, successful learning environments for themselves and their students.

As a team of eternal optimists, authors Lindsay Prendergast and Piper Lee draw from their vast collective experience and research-based knowledge to show the crucial relationship between teacher well-being and student success. What’s more, they provide a practical framework that teachers can lean on to regain control of their mindset and their practice—despite the many factors outside of their control.

This book helps teachers unlock their full potential by

  • Exploring the why’s and how’s of nine habits such as collaborating, setting high expectations, using data to drive decisions, prioritizing effectively, and more
  • Providing on-the-spot reflection boxes, note-catchers, and planning tools—as well as at-a-glance “sounds like/looks like” charts
  • Offering a format that busy teachers can use personally, with a coach, or in a PLC; choose to focus on just one habit at a time, or do a jigsaw study with colleagues
  • Sharing real-life stories of resilience and adaptation from educators that illustrate and bring each habit to life
  • Detailing strategies you can use to navigate classroom challenges and develop a positive learning environment amid the complexities of contemporary education

Whether you’re embarking on a personal growth journey or collaborating with colleagues through mentorship, coaching, or professional learning communities, turn to Habits of Resilient Educators to help you achieve teaching habits that will help you thrive, not just survive.

About the Authors
Chapter 1 Clarify Your Why: Purpose as a Habit
Chapter 2 Collaborate, Do Not Isolate!
Chapter 3 Set High Expectations for All
Chapter 4 Use Data to Drive Decisions
Chapter 5 Establish Procedures and Routines
Chapter 6 Set Efficient Goals
Chapter 7 Get and Use Feedback Effectively
Chapter 8 Prioritize Amidst a Sea of Initiatives
Chapter 9 Avoid the Negativity
Chapter 10 Putting It All Together: Resilience Is Key

Lindsay Prendergast

Lindsay Prendergast has served schools and districts across the globe for nearly two decades as a leadership coach, consultant, principal, counselor, and teacher. She holds a master’s degree in education administration from Colorado Western State University and a doctorate of education in education leadership from Wilkes University.Dr. Prendergast currently serves as Assistant Director of Learning Experiences for The Danielson Group (Framework for Teaching). While spending several postpandemic years directly supporting nearly 30 principals as a leadership coach alongside Piper Lee, Lindsay spent hundreds of hours in classrooms observing... More About Author

Piper Lee

Piper Lee has more than twenty-five years of experience in education, including teaching, administration, instructional coaching, professional learning facilitation, and leadership coaching. Her passion for student and adult learning and improving effective teacher instruction and student success in learning ignited her pursuit of working as an instructional leadership coach nationally.Over the course of her career, Piper has served students, families, teachers, leadership teams, and undergraduate and graduate students. Most recently, Piper has been supporting district leaders, principals, and educators in one of the largest school... More About Author

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