Great things are happening in the David Douglas School District in Oregon. Really great things for both students and school staff specifically at Menlo Park Elementary School.
If you are wondering how a Canadian educator learned about this school in the US, I was the keynote speaker at the recent ORTESOL conference where I spoke about teacher self-care. When I asked the audience of approximately 100 educators who had a teacher well-being initiative at their school, only ONE teacher raised her hand. A loud gasp from the audience followed! Immediately teachers asked where she worked!
I was curious to learn more about Menlo Park Elementary School so I arranged a phone call with principal Kellie Burkhardt who has been at this school for 6 years. The school is very diverse - 25 languages are spoken by the student population.
How it started
First of all, the David Douglas School District is committed to employee health and wellness with the goal to create a...