Identity In The Workplace

Author: Mary Bales

The Well-Being at Work research team focuses on positive identity formation and sustainment in the work setting.  Herminia Ibarra is an accomplished Professor of Organizational Behavior and has written many scholarly articles and books on the subject.  Any working individual could benefit from reading her book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career.

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The Importance of Collaboration

Author: Mary Bales

The Well-Being at Work project continually finds the value of relationships in promoting positive outcomes. Researchers recently assessed the importance of teacher collaboration on student academic outcomes and found that math and reading scores improve in relation to teacher collaboration.  For more information, see Ronfeldt, M., Farmer, S. O., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. A. (2015). Teacher Collaboration in Instructional Teams and Student Achievement

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Social-Emotional Competencies Matter

Author: Mary Bales

The Well-Being at Work research project values social-emotional competencies (SEC; e.g., grit, authentic self-expression). Edutopia recently released a list of highlights from education researchers.  Included was research surrounding the long-term benefits of SEC for students and found that for every $1 invested, $11 in long-term benefits is yielded.  The same principles apply to teachers’ SEC

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When the Going Gets Tough?

Author: Mary Bales

Researchers at the Well-Being at Work team study many personal characteristics through surveys and interviews.  Grit, or persistence that becomes stronger in the face of adversity, is one characteristic that has received a great deal of attention and is attributed to Duckworth and her colleagues.  An ongoing question that surrounds the measurement and interpretation of grit is the amount of grit that is healthy. When, for example, is it better to quit than draw on grit?  Researchers recently evaluated this question. Their findings are summarized here (Good, 2015). An important conclusion: we need to know more about the benefits and downsides of grit! 

 

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New Partner

Author: Mary Bales

Welcome to our new partner organization in education: Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation!

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The Value of Data-Driven Decisions in Early Childhood Education

Author: Mary Bales

One goal of the Well-Being at Work project at the University of Notre Dame is to use our survey data to support our understanding of educator well-being. As Elizabeth Jordan, JD writes, using data to understand critical areas in ECE, “…we can develop the best supports, have them be more strategically funded, and build better futures for our youngest citizens.” 

 

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Head Start Teacher Well-Being

Author: Mary Bales

Head Start is a federal program serving vulnerable children.  Little has been done to understand the well-being of the educators who teach these children essential life skills, including socio-emotional and cognitive skills. In 2012, Bullough, Hall-Kenyon, and Lake MacKay sought to understand how these educators are doing, in spite of the growing pressures, policy constraints, and expectations that are inundating early childhood education. Their findings reflect a sense of deep service ethic that motivates the educators beyond the low pay, lack of professionalism, and challenges of working with a vulnerable population.   

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