Case Study: Monona Grove High School
Many teachers at Monona Grove High School struggled with serving their students, managing their stress, and balancing their lives. While most teachers knew how to support their wellbeing, they struggled to implement the strategies and practices within the course of their workday. They found themselves setting their own self-care aside in order to meet the needs of their students, ignoring what they knew was best in order to “push through” and setting aside long term success for short term task completion.
After discussing the struggles teachers experienced, examining the rhythms and patterns to their workdays, and diving into the research on teacher stress, we developed a plan specific to the needs and issues of teachers at Monona Grove High School. We created a pilot group and developed a 6-month plan, with a specific theme and series of actions each month to stack on current teacher practices.
We provided weekly communication via email and video of the what and why of the new habit, along with an exploration of how the practice connects to each teacher’s individual purpose. We also created a community of support so teachers knew they were in it together and could rely on one another.
Even though the six month plan was interrupted by COVID-19 and the beginning of virtual learning, teachers still experienced successes. They noted that it is possible to make important and helpful changes and that the changes mattered.
of participants improved their mindfulness scores
WORK SATISFACTION SCORES
of participants showed higher work satisfaction
of participants continued in k12 education; 94% of MGHS teachers
of participants stayed at MGHS, 87% of MGHS teachers stayed at MGHS
“Participating in ‘Embedded Habit Stacking’ has proven to be incredibly beneficial for me, not only in my work productivity and establishing a better home/work balance, but it has also grounded me emotionally. The messages, activities and personal guidance provided by Nichole have blanketed me with courage, hope and renewed energy. Even during the isolation associated with Covid-19, Habit Stacking gave me more purpose and a feeling of connectedness.”
School Counselor, Monona Grove High School
“This requires time for yourself which can be difficult at times to find. However, some of these practices take just a few moments in time: breathing, moving, thoughts of gratitude.”
Monona Grove High School
“The way you have broken down impactful changes into small steps made this process so much more manageable for me. With two little ones at home and a job that I love, it’s been very hard for me to find a work-life balance. These weekly goals and shifts in my habits nurtured changes that took root to help ground me in the chaos.”
Teacher, Monona Grove High School