Burnout looks different in every person, but the hallmarks are exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficiency. There’s plenty of sarcasm in staff meetings. Maybe teachers aren’t showing up like they used to. Outcomes and results are slipping. Burnout has serious consequences for teachers, students, and the community as a whole.
Maybe teachers don’t have the right resources to make it come to life, or they don’t see how the curriculum applies to what they want to do. Regardless of the reason, there’s little to no direction for your teachers to follow. The result is uneven results between schools, confusion amongst teachers and students, and missed opportunities.
You want diversity, equity, and inclusion to be at the core of what you do. Excellent. But the populations in your arts program do not match the rest of your school or community. Maybe there is a distinct change in demographics as students move from elementary to high school. You know what you want to see in your programs, but have no idea where to start.
Try as you might, students are dropping out of your arts programming faster than you can recruit. There’s always an excuse, but it usually boils down to: “I don’t want to do this anymore” or “I want to do something else way more than this.” If this trend keeps up, the program may need to downsize in a few years.
Motivation is low and cynicism is high. Some teachers have low expectations for students.
Burnout has taken root in the program and is spreading quickly. It feels like change isn’t possible.
Without administrative support, the program is listless, struggling, or stagnant. Issues go unaddressed until they explode into chaos.
You can upgrade your program in three simple steps:
SET THE STAGE: Uncover the core values amongst your students, staff, and community with the power of data
ENVISION THE OUTCOMES: Create a values based mission and ultimate outcomes for your entire program that are grounded in equity and connection
CREATE AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN: Promote buy-in and prevent burn-out with personalized growth and implementation plans for each teacher
If you’re ready to stop hoping things will get better, ready to have a guide through a complete transformation, ready to sure up your program’s legacy, let’s get started today!
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