Ten Reasons to Choose Teaching Again No, You're Not Crazy. Lift Up With Renewed Passion
They call it the "Great Resignation", as 1 in 5 non-retired adults in the US left their jobs during the pandemic. For teachers, the numbers are probably even higher and this "Brain Drain" is especially critical because teaching is a highly skilled profession with a long trajectory of preparation. Even with critical needs certification programs in place to "fast track" educators into classrooms ( not ideal), the gaps are huge and glaring. "Ten Reasons to Choose Teaching Again. No, You're Not Crazy" takes a hard look at the crisis in recruitment and retention of teachers and begins a healing process, using humor, research, and coaching to assist and support the remnant that survived the pandemic. Teaching is a wonderful profession that needs a makeover. We will do some healing, some helping, some hoping together and begin to restore teachers' joy in their chosen profession with this invigorating session.
Dr. Karges-Bone is often called a "Teachers' Teacher", because she relates with compassion, humor, and insight to the needs and experiences of educators. With 4 decades of experience, first as a teacher in Title I sites, then for many years as a professor preparing future teachers and principals for work in high poverty settings, she understands the unique pressures and potential trauma associated with this work. She has written, lectured, and done media work on professional coaching and developed a targeted skill set on the adult brain as it negotiates high stress professions. Most of all, she believes that teaching is the most noble of all work and that teachers are actually "brain surgeons" working in classrooms and that they should be treated with the utmost consideration and respect.