California Educator

April/May 2020

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A R E Y O U A N E D U C A T O R who may have taught pro- ductively for many years, but recently became depressed, burned out or even angry? Has it affected your teaching, your personal life, and perhaps your relationships with students and colleagues? Yo u m ay b e a c a n di d at e f or CTA's Survive and rive. Staying motivated and enthu- siastic in the classroom can be a challenge. Job-related stress is the reason most often cited by those who leave the teaching profes- sion prior to normal retirement age. at's why CTA's Survive and rive was created. e yearlong program focuses on providing struggling veteran teach- ers with the information, learning opportunities and coping strategies they need to find their passion again. e format consists of a five-day sabbatical in a retreat setting where a group of educators (up to 15) reflect on their lives and careers, and receive instruction in time management, stress management, nutrition and relationship-build- ing. e week is designed to assist t e a c h e r s i n d e v e l o p i n g m e n - tal models, building necessar y skills, and learning information that leads to the level of mastery needed to thrive professionally and personally in today's rapidly changing classroom. Af t e r c o m p l e t i n g t h e w e e k , there are follow-up sessions at intervals of three, six and nine months. "There is a myriad of stressors for professional educators. Besides, being a teacher in these economic times can just wear you down." —Robin Devitt, Survive and Thrive program facilitator CTA program lets stressed-out educators find their passion again By Cynthia Menzel Survive and Thrive program facilitator Robin Devitt, a participant, and retired CTA staffer Michael Romo. Above, program participants during a field trip to the beach. Survive and rive 46 CTA & You

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