This has been an incredibly challenging year for teachers, and CEA is offering a book study to explore strategies for fostering self-care and resilience. Join us as we read the book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators and complete accompanying exercises—all materials will be provided free of charge.
CEA members will meet first with other Connecticut teachers and CEA staff Michele O’Neill and Kate Field and then join members of other NEA state affiliates from New Hampshire, Delaware, and Hawaii as we read the book.
All CEA members who are selected to join will also be invited to a May 1 virtual symposium with Onward author Elena Aguilar, a former classroom teacher and instructional coach.
“Teachers are under such pressure and stress,” says Field. “This book study is in no way a solution to that, but it’s hopefully a good opportunity to realize you’re not alone and to build relationships with other educators.”
“This book will help you examine your why,” says O’Neill. “It challenges educators to think about why they do what they do, and also how they can care for themselves. If you understand your why, it helps you understand why it’s important to take care of yourself.”
This book study group is designed to help us all cultivate our emotional intelligence and thrive in times of adversity. Meetings will be held over Zoom once a month in the evenings over the remainder of the 2021 school year and into the summer.
Once participants have been selected, we will set up a poll to determine the best days/times for meetings. Take some time for you and join us on the journey Onward!