Healing Teachers. Healing Students. 

 

Let’s move together to support educators’ mental health.

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Teacher burnout is real.

Mentally and physically exhausted, they are leaving the field at alarming rates due to burnout and stress. Millions of teachers are quitting, leaving millions of students to flounder.

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1 OUT OF 4 TEACHERS PLAN TO LEAVE THEIR JOBS*.

The odds are stacked higher against educators of color.

COVID and the racial events of 2020 served to further compound their stress and trauma.

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50% of Black teachers plan to leave the field*.

Schools are learning centers and workplaces.

With no real efforts to support educator mental health. Teachers feel unappreciated and not respected. The real losers are the kids. Students are not getting the academic learning and support that they need.

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78% OF TEACHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE GRAPPLING WITH JOB-RELATED STRESS*

We can help.

Supporting educator mental health and well-being requires both building self-care and community care practices.

We coach schools to integrate anti-racist practices that are tailored and culturally relevant, including healing circles, trainings, and strategic planning.  

Most programs for educators focus on self-care and ignore community care and working conditions. Because well-being is not one-size-fits all, we look to the evidence on what helps teachers of color specifically thrive and grow. 

Healing circles, rooted in indigenous culture, form the underlying structures that ground our work. Participating in at least 4 healing circles has shown a statistically significant improvement in overall quality of life and mental health outcomes.

Mental health matters. Let’s move together to support educators’ mental health.

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Roots

Founded by a Black teacher, Wenimo Okoya, Healing School Project’s programs were centered around teachers of color; when programs are built around those furthest away from systemic privilege, everyone benefits.

Inception

During the pandemic, teacher burnout was building especially among educators of color. It all came to a breaking point after the murder of George Floyd. Recognizing this wasn’t a new issue, Wenimo and founding team member, Ginelle Wynter, understood the need to address it. Ginelle and Wenimo took the initiative to organize informal virtual healing circles, providing a supportive space for their teacher friends and colleagues to cope.

Mission

We are dedicated to ensuring that teachers of color stay in the profession and keep making a difference. We do this by guiding schools to support teachers’ mental health and wellbeing. For every child, we are leading a movement to center educators of color mental health.

Vision

Every school is a place where all people feel safe and supported mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.

Today, Healing Schools Project partners with schools, and districts by providing an anti-racist approach to mental health and well-being support for teachers.

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This was exactly what I never knew I needed.

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[I like] the collective healing and sharing of experiences. I felt like I was where I belonged!

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I’ve never connected with my colleagues in this way.

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