Our teachers, staff, and administrators are drained and it hurts everyone in our schools. At The Pillars Initiative, we believe it doesn't have to be that way! Join us as we build the supports and resources our school professionals deserve, to create a better education system for everyone.
• Administrators from 40% of districts and schools surveyed by EdWeek reported "severe" staff shortages. • Over 1 in 2 educators and staff told the NEA they are thinking of leaving the profession early, regardless of time in their roles. Even higher numbers are reported by underrepresented groups, with 62% of Black educators and 59% of Hispanic/Latino educators looking at early exits. • The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that there are 567,000 fewer educators in public schools than at the beginning of the pandemic. • In an NEA poll, 90% of educators reported burnout being a "serious" or "very serious" problem for school staff.
They need support and the education system needs all of us to step up and help make change happen. That's our mission: The Pillars Initiative is committed to supporting, retaining, and recruiting all individuals serving in schools. We believe a positive environment focusing on wellness directly affects successful student learning. We will foster support for staff wellbeing by creating a sustainable plan offering ongoing time, space, and resources in and out of the school setting.
Support for school staff means support across many areas. Here are the pillars we're focused on in our Initiative work:
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