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Adena B. Meyers

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Educator stress and well-being have become increasingly important areas of research as educator attrition and shortages have affected schools throughout the United States and across the world. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic added new stressors and exacerbated existing challenges. The purpose of the current study was to hear directly from educators to learn more about their experiences with stress, the challenges they face in education today, and the ways in which their well-being can be improved. This grounded theory qualitative study included three focus groups and two individual interviews with educators in a Midwestern elementary school district. Using the constant comparative method of analysis, three challenges and three recommendations for improvement were generated with the overarching theme focused on the need to promote an autonomy-supportive climate for educators in order to improve well-being.

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