Lower stress means better instruction

Education Week reported that a recent study from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education concludes that “mindfulness-based interventions and stress-reducing strategies can lead to improvements not only in teachers’ social and emotional well-being but also in instructional climate and student engagement.” The study “is based on a classroom model theory positing that teachers’ well-being promotes better teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management skills, and effective social-emotional learning.”

Detroit teachers return to uncertain future

News media reported that Detroit’s teachers returned to work May 5 after officials promised they would be fully paid for their work. But the system still expects to run out of cash in June, and it is not clear where the salary funds will come from. The district faces problems not unfamiliar across the country. Thirty-one states still have failed to raise per-pupil spending to pre-recession levels. Charter schools also have introduced competition.

Detroit Teachers Continue Sickout

Detroit Public Schools teachers are in their second day of a districtwide “sickout” closing 94 of 97 schools and hoping to draw attention to the school district’s severe budget problems. The district’s emergency manager has said that unless the system gets more funding, teachers won’t be paid past the end of June. The budget deficit rose to $320 million this year, which is on top of existing, immense long-term obligations of $3.5 billion. Hundreds of teachers rallied outside the Fisher state office building Monday to call for a forensic audit of DPS and “a guarantee they would be paid for their work.”