California Educator

August/September 2021

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M A K I N G W E L L N E S S an integral part of our lifestyle — particularly in the face of ongoing stress, uncertainty and challenges — is an active process, one we must choose every day. Our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health is essential to being our best selves, leading to balance in our lives, a sense of well-being, and positive interactions with others. You can't do it alone! Friends, family and colleagues can help, of course. For educators, formal structures and support systems at schools and among peers can be enormously beneficial. On the following pages, you'll find some of these programs described, as well as tools and tips, many from fellow educators, on how you can achieve and sustain lasting, optimal wellness. For You • Back on track Expert tips on creating a stronger, healthier you PAGE 18 • Compassion fatigue Setting up a structure, systems to help individuals PAGE 22 • SEL for you, too Social-emotional learning for educators PAGE 23 For Your Students • Movement matters PE teachers' plans to get students into tip-top shape PAGE 29 • Conditions to thrive School counselors, educators on easing kids back into routine PAGE 33 For Your School CommunitY • Reimagining schools with equity at the center PAGE 28 TOOLS FOR A YEAR OF HEALTH & WELL-BEING WAYS TO Wellness 17 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 21 BACK TO SCHOOL

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