Learning to Embrace Ambiguity

Rachel Nozari | July 2022 As a society, we’ve experienced immense ambiguity in the last two-plus years. We lived through a global pandemic and managed day in and day out uncertainty with fast-changing needs to respond to. We grappled with personal and family health concerns, sustained disruption to schooling and childcare, “the great resignation”, and likely a general feeling of … Read More

A Personal Reflection on Job Embedded Professional Learning

Cortney Graham Ameckson, Manager | June 2022 I became a high school civics and economics teacher the semester after I graduated from college. As a former educator, I have lots of memories of spending hours in professional development sessions intended to help prepare myself and colleagues for the school year, only for the learnings to be inapplicable to me or … Read More

How Staff Onboarding Can Build Commitment: Lessons from the Cleveland Guardians

Ashleigh Phillis, Director | April 2022 For most of us, the start of spring signals the return of warmer weather and blossoming flowers. For some, spring simply means that baseball is back. I should note that I am not a baseball fan. Unfortunately, my husband is an avid Cleveland fan. And Cleveland baseball has had an anxious off-season. This is … Read More

Reflections on Belonging

Saima Zaman, Director | March 2022 In a study shared by the Harvard Business Review in 2019, 40% of employees feel isolated at work despite 8 billion dollars being spent by US companies on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives1. In addition, studies around belonging have shown that feelings of belonging vary across identity groups, with Black and Asian women … Read More

Navigating Professional Environments with Intersecting Identities

Melany Justice, Associate | February 2022 In April of 2020, the CDC recommended mask-wearing in public to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In the weeks that followed, I often pondered the metaphoric similarity between the “new” precaution of wearing a mask to remain safe in public and the long-standing precaution of wearing a “mask” while navigating professional workspaces given the … Read More

EdFuel’s Anti-Racist Pledge: An Update

Update on Our Commitment as Education Support Partners Over the past few months, EdFuel has made strides to live out commitments to ourselves, our team, and our partners as outlined in our Anti-Racist Pledge. Each day as we navigate our work relative to the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are actively working to keep our goal to be … Read More

How School Leaders Can Show C.A.R.E for Staff Wellbeing

Nicole Roberts Pratt January 27, 2022 As we start another year of the pandemic, there’s been the usual New Year’s focus on wellness – how are we individually going to take better care of ourselves (start an exercise routine, eat healthier, etc.).  I have also seen some of the focus shift from wellness (which often refers to physical) to wellbeing.  … Read More

The Need for Organizational Policies & Processes

Sara-Kate Roberts December 6, 2021 About a year and a half ago, I became a mother. I joined the world of working parents, who have always juggled multiple priorities, but who have faced increased challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am lucky to work for an organization that honors my dual roles as a parent and professional. As my family … Read More

Psychological Safety: One ingredient in the recipe for teacher and student wellbeing

Kristina Campa-Gruca October 27, 2021 Teacher dissatisfaction has skyrocketed over the past year and a half, with one-in-four teachers indicating a desire to leave the classroom within the next year.1 Extraordinarily high levels of stress have led to a dramatic increase in burnout and overall decrease in mental health and wellbeing.2  We know from our work with partners across the … Read More