Improving Teacher Morale and Motivation discusses a key issue for school leaders: motivating teachers to improve learning for students. Immense and unprecedented changes in education—primarily with the pandemic and "great resignation"—have affected all areas of teaching and learning, including teacher morale and motivation. This engaging book takes an in-depth focus on student learning as it relates to teacher motivation, providing specific examples of how to motivate teachers during challenging times. Specific tools, templates, and strategies are incorporated throughout the book to help leaders understand and act on issues of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, collaboration and trust, growth mindset, effective feedback, and more. Further, this text incorporates a broader look at how school leaders can shape their school and make it a place where teachers want to work, where they are committed to the success of students, and where they see themselves remaining well into the future. This timely book is appropriate for all school leaders, including teacher-leaders and district leaders.
Meet the Authors
Chapter 1: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
Chapter 2: Growth Mindset and Resilience
Chapter 3: A School’s Reputation: The Intersection Between Climate and Culture
Chapter 4: SCT Effective Support: Listen, then Build a System
Chapter 5: Hiring and Retaining Faculty
Chapter 6: What’s Trust Got to Do with It?
Chapter 7: Empowerment and Ownership
Chapter 8: Building Morale through Modeling
Chapter 9: Challenges and Concerns
"If you are a school leader looking for ways to improve teacher morale and motivation, you should read Improving Teacher Morale and Motivation: Leadership Strategies that Build Student Success by Barbara R. Blackburn and Ronald Williamson. This book offers practical and relevant advice on how to work with the new generation of educators, build trust, and support teachers in the face of the pandemic and the great resignation. The content is easy to read, understand, and put to use in your classroom immediately."
Steven Miletto, Executive Director, North Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency), USA
"In Improving Teacher Morale and Motivation, Barbara Blackburn and Ronald Williamson help us develop a laser-like focus on the fundamentals of human motivation and school culture. The evidence has been clear for decades: leaders create the conditions that optimize teachers' intrinsic motivation and help everyone feel successful every day. This book is an indispensable field guide to taking those high-leverage actions, day in and day out."
Justin Baeder, Director of the Principal Center, USA