The Teaching Well

Teaching Well

The Teaching Well is a non-profit organization created by teachers for teachers. We believe that the health and well-being of educators makes a critical difference in school culture, teacher retention and the lives of students.

We are committed to cultivating healthy, resilient educators by providing a variety of experiential, body and communication-based workshops and mentoring for educators, community sites and districts. We believe that when teachers and administrators focus on their own well-being and healthy communication, school sites, systems and educational outcomes will transform.

Teacher Burnout, the priority issue that The Teaching Well addresses, is a huge problem in American education—and one that is going largely unaddressed. We can raise standards, change curriculum and require more rigorous certifications for teachers, but if they leave the classroom in less than five years, all is lost. Some data on this problem is below:

  • 46% of all new teachers in the United States leave the profession within five years
  • Schools and Districts nationwide spend $2.2 billion PER YEAR recruiting and training replacements for these educators
  • Los Angeles Unified and their charter schools’ turnover rate hovers somewhere between 40% and 50% in the first five years
  • Oakland Unified and charters turn over a staggering 70% of their teachers in the first five years

The Teaching Well provides teachers with a greater capacity to build positive teacher-student relationships and create an environment conducive to learning by facilitating time for teacher well-being and self-care. We increase teacher retention rates and help schools save money that would otherwise be spent on training new teachers at district and school levels, rebuilding lost instructional expertise, rebuilding staff camaraderie, and re-introducing new teachers to relationships and resources in families and community.

Please consider supporting The Teaching Well by making a donation! You can make checks payable to ISI with “Teaching Well” included in the memo. Send checks to ISI, 101 Brookwood Ave. Ste #204
Santa Rosa , CA 95404.

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Clare Densmore

Clare is a tech-savvy marketing communications professional that is passionate about building community engagement and raising awareness for social change. Clare plans to elevate ISI’s thought leadership and amplify the voice of ISI’s clients by harnessing the power of social media and integrated communications strategies.

Clare’s work with other nonprofits in the Bay Area, includes the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Expressive Arts Therapy Program and The Institute for Poetic Medicine. She also serves as a global rep and advisor for the FIGMENT Project. Clare holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Sciences from the University of Connecticut.

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