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Linking Student Well-being to Teacher Well-being

Proof from Winthrop & Kirk that student well-being is tied to teacher well-being and how TPD can improve teacher well-being

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We see that child well-being is crucial for not only growth and development but their academic engagement and development as a student. A crucial actor in this development is the teacher. Teachers have tremendous ability to impact a student's well-being and a key factor in the academic success of the student. We see this in the research by Winthrop & Kirk (see attached) which demonstrate the link between student well-being and teacher well-being. If we are genuinely going to address student well-being we must step back and examine current and potential teacher professional development mechanisms (I like the model presented on to improve teacher well-being.

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I completely agree! IRC's Healing Classrooms materials begin with an overview of teacher well-being before focusing in on student wellbeing. I believe that you cannot give what you do not have. Also, in order to use a concept it is important to understand it on a personal level, what better way to frame the wellbeing needs of a student than by the wellbeing needs of a teacher.