Banish Burnout – Educator’s Guide to Stopping Burnout Before It Stops You!

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Proactively Reduce Personal and Professional Risk of Burnout, Attract the Best New Talent, Increase Satisfaction and Retention Scores Among Existing Staff

This course focuses on how to protect your career by learning how to banish burnout. If you have felt overwhelmed by the requirements of teaching (training, new standards, etc.), then make it a requirement to rejuvenate your love for your profession. If you are an administrator, learn how to enhance your teacher retention rates, reduce expensive turnover, and increase job satisfaction among your staff.

Who should take this class . . .

This course is designed for all educators with special emphasis on the unique risk experienced by new teachers, veteran staff and administrators.

New Teachers - Protect your career investment by learning how to make the most of all important firs five years by banishing burnout before it happens!

Existing Educators - Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the new requirements?  Learn how to rejuvenate your love of teaching, continue to make meaningful contributions toward the future of students and regain a solid work/life balance without sacrificing your sanity!

Administrators - Discover effective ways to evaluate the root cause of burnout, enhance teacher retention rates, reduce expensive turnover and increase job satisfaction among staff while competing for top talent among new hires.

Why it matters . . .

Unprecedented Levels of Burnout, Stress & Strain Among Existing Educators

  • According to a recent NEA survey, over 90% of members report they are experiencing burnout with nearly 70% reporting it as a "severe" problem.
  • Between February 2020 - May 2022, it was estimated that over 300,000 public school teachers and other staff quit due to burnout.  As of early 2023, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a net loss of nearly 600,000 educational staff nationwide demonstrating a similar rend among private/other schools.
  • An estimated 55% of existing educators report they are "thinking of leaving the profession".
  • More than 80% of educational professionals have seen a notable increase in the number of peers leaving since 2020 with more than 3 of every 4 having to increase workloads to fill-in for missing staff members.
  • Journal of Drug Education reports teachers are increasingly turning to substances to deal with stress as self-reported survey results indicate higher rates of alcohol, amphetamine, and tranquilizer use.

Teacher Retention, New Hires & Retirement Concerns

  • The number of new hires for existing openings has fallen well below the replacement rate; for the 2021-22 school year there were only 0.59 new hires for every open position . . . falling seriously below the replacement rate!
  • 44% of public schools report teaching vacancies with half due to resignations.  The cost to hire and train a new teacher now ranges from $9,000 in rural areas up to $21,000 in cities.
  • Applications to teacher training programs are now lower than ever with the 2021-2022 far below those in the prior five years.
  • 23% of new teachers leave the profession within the first three years and 32% within five years.  The trend isn't limited to teachers; administration resignations and retirements have nearly tripled from an average of 2% to over 7% between 2010 and 2022.
  • Job satisfaction among teachers is at the lowest rate in nearly 25 years

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers and administrators (Grade PK-12).  Other school personnel, such as counselors, coaches and school nurses will benefit from this course.

Course Materials: There are no required textbooks for this course. It is recommended, but not required, to purchase the . All course content is linked directly within the course.

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EDU-X787K – 012 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Banish Burnout – Educator’s Guide to Stopping Burnout Before It Stops You!

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Perez

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the New Student Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Recognize and prevent burnout
  • Identify the structures and mental models of burnout
  • Identify the root cause of systemic burnout and learn how to mitigate the damage
  • Differentiate burnout from other commonly encountered conditions
  • Develop professional and personal planning, monitoring and assessment of one's own status and associated individualized learning pathway
  • Increase teacher retention and attract top talent to your school/district
  • Enhance academic effectiveness
  • Develop tools and insight designed to reduce the rate of burnout among peers and other school staff with both a "bottom up" and "top down" orientation pathway


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I appreciated my instructors’ knowledge and timely feedback for my questions and grades. She was also very understanding when I felt overwhelmed from work and the course. The assignments were appropriate and relevant to the class.

This course couldn’t have come at a better time in my teaching career. I got so much out of it. Thank you.