Educator Well-Being in The Digital World | Janell Burley Hofmann | 3 Min Read

I have been fortunate to have worked with so many dedicated and passionate educators in my career. I have been inspired and awed by the day-to-day commitment it takes to do this job and show up for students in ways that reach far beyond classroom learning, curriculum standards, and grading. As we all know, the demands on educators, administrators, and staff have greatly intensified in the past few years. From pandemic crisis response, adapting to hybrid and virtual learning, and the implementation and execution of health and safety protocols, it’s not hard to see why we need to assess our self-care and nurture our individual well-being. This emergency level of education compounded by our hyper-connected culture has left school personnel more depleted than ever. 

When our daily rounds get complicated and there is a constant overwhelming feeling, checking in with the simplest and most grounding tools in our toolkit becomes a critical component to our professional sustainability. One of my favorite reflective questions to offer educators is, “What might I need right now?” This prompt embodies the ideal check-in whether it’s through journaling, list-making, or a conversation with another person. In my workshops, spending time unpacking this question has…

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Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell Burley Hofmann is an international author, speaker and consultant specializing on the topics of technology, media, health, relationships and well-being. Janell is the creator of the original iPhone contract and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, digital parenting and intentional use of tech. She is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up published by Rodale, Inc. Janell is the founder of the Slow Tech Movement and iRules Academy. Janell has worked on four continents across diverse demographics, cultures, religions, and socioeconomics. Sensitive to the needs of each community, Janell works with schools, youth, families, educators, and organizations while offering private coaching and consulting sessions. Janell’s professional expertise and personal experience as a mother of five children builds strong connections with a wide and varied population. Janell engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose in a partnership that will positively impact all. Janell’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies, a Master’s Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking and she is currently working towards her licensure in mental health counseling. Her featured talks include two-time TEDx presenter, SxSW, YPO Southeast Asia Summit, Peace Corp Workshop Leader, Homecoming Day Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan, YPO Middle East Tour, Women2Women International Summit and MIT Strata Center. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio, BBC News and The Associated Press.