Preventing educator burnout
The purpose of this study was to investigate burnout, and to find preventative healthy supports that can aid in preventing educator burnout. The effects of healthy supports were examined in the Qualicum School District, located on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. An on-line survey was implemented to collect educators’ perspectives of healthy initiatives they currently use along with healthy leadership approaches they value. The survey was conducted during significant district reconfiguration and reallocation of resources. The survey consisted of twelve researcher created Likert style questions, which pertained to the twelve determinants of health as indicated by Health Canada. This study found that educators had a multitude of personal coping skills to help reduce levels of stress. Although there was a recent significant change within the district, educators’ perspectives largely depended on their ability to adapt and focus on the positive potential in their new learning environments. The top three leadership strategies valued during periods of change were: the ability to listen, support and effective communication. Further research during a district reconfiguration is recommended, although in a larger district using a triangulated data collection method.