In partnership with EVERFI, a social impact educational technology company, the WTU is pleased to announce the launch of the DC Educator Wellness Center. The funding for the DC Educator Wellness Center is provided by Johnson & Johnson.
In the DC Educator Wellness Center DC Educators will find access to a prevention-forward, self-guided, digital microlearning experience designed to provide you with on-demand content related to mental health. The growing list of topics includes Mental Health Basics, Managing Mental Health Challenges, Developing Resilience, Supporting Loved Ones With Mental Health Challenges, and Mindful Living.
“Like many teachers, I’ve tended to put self-care on the back burner. Investing in my own wellness, even a few minutes of mindful breathing, changed that—even during the formidable challenges this past year. I’ve noticed a deeper resilience. And because our school leader and staff are intentional about grounding our culture in self-care, we’re better able to support each other and our students.”
~~Beth Dewhurst, Educational Technology EdD Candidate
Reading Intervention Educator, Stuart-Hobson Middle School
WTU Building Representative
2017 Teacher of the Year, DC OSSE
“Your health is your wealth. Become wealthy now by investing in your own health.”
~~ James L. Isreal, Jr.
Hart Middle School, DC Public Schools
AVID Elective 6-8 & ELA 6th Grade
Washington Teachers' Union, VP of Junior High Schools & Building Representative
In addition to ensuring you prioritize your mental wellness, the WTU encourages educators to bring mental health education to your classroom with Mental Wellness Basics, a short digital course for students in grades 8-10. Mental Wellness Basics, provided at no-cost on behalf of Children’s National Hospital, introduces students to mental wellness concepts like stress coping strategies, stigma, emotional health, and how to find help for themselves or others. You and your students have unlimited access to EVERFI’s Mental Wellness Basics at no cost - simply login to Clever. Please contact Teagan Seeley at [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to request implementation support.
The WTU encourages you to take advantage of these FREE resources. We'd also like to thank DC’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Beth Dewhurst (Stuart-Hobson MS) for leading this effort to provide educators across DC with mental health resources.