Teacher Stress and Burnout: The High Cost of Low Social and Emotional Development

Hosted by the Southern Education Foundation

July 21, 2021  |  12 p.m. ET

Teachers are the most important school-based factor in student success. However, teaching is stressful and is ranked as one of the worst professions for physical health, psychological well-being, and job satisfaction. Teacher stress has a multitude of consequences such as chronic absenteeism and high turnover and is most commonly experienced by teachers of color and those in schools that serve students from low-income families.

It is critical to interrupt the cycle of stress that takes place in classrooms. Teachers need highly developed social and emotional skills to support students, especially during this stressful time. When teachers develop self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making they are better equipped to shift from attempting to manage behaviors to developing self-management and self-awareness skills in their students.


Sabrina Jones, Leadership for Education Equity Fellow, SEF

Titilayo Tinubu Ali, Senior Advisor, SEF

To learn more about how state and school district leaders can improve teachers’ well-being and effectiveness while boosting the prevalence of healthy learning environments by providing every teacher with Social Emotional Learning opportunities, read the report.