In 2020, the Alberta Teachers Association, the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, and the University of Calgary to examine the scope and experience of educator compassion fatigue and burnout.  From the data collected during this study, HEARTcare planning emerged as a potential strategy for protecting minds at work.  Presently, the three organizational partners are collaborating on a SSHRC partnership development grant to examine the application of HEARTcare planning in Alberta school divisions and at Werkland School of Education.  This session will highlight our progress on this important project and help attendees to consider how HEARTcare planning might provide ideas for their own contexts at work. 
Meet your Speakers

Before taking on her current role of Director, Field Experience (Community-Based Pathway), at the Werklund School of Education, Dr. Astrid Kendrick was a K-12 classroom teacher for nineteen years specializing in Physical Education and English/Language Arts. Dr. Kendrick has two main research foci: firstly, on compassion fatigue, burnout, and emotional labour in Alberta educational workers, and secondly, on building the instructional capacity of preservice teachers in online and virtual learning environments. She is the primary investigator on a SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Grant with the Alberta Teachers Association, ASEBP, and Northwest Territories Teachers Association; a co-investigator on a health promotion grant through Alberta Education; and a co-investigator on an SSHRC Insight grant into improving teacher integration of Indigenous knowledge. She is committed to improving the health and wellness of children through establishing partnerships with local school districts and Alberta Health Services. For the past several years, she has served as the co-chair of the Health Promoting Schools Collaborative for the southern Alberta region and is looking forward to serving with PHE Canada next fall. Dr. Kendrick is the co-producer of the Ed Students in Conversation podcast series on voicEd Radio Canada. She was the recipient of the 2020 Online Teaching Award from the Werklund School of Education as well as an Emerging Scholar Award from The Learner research network in 2019.  

Dr Lisa Everitt has worked as an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers Association (the “Association”) since 2006.  Lisa has held several roles at the Association and has developed expertise in labour relations, employee benefits plans, educational research, and women in leadership.  Prior to joining the Association, Lisa taught high school mathematics in the Northwest Territories and Alberta.  In her time away from the teaching profession, Lisa loves travel, spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, children, grandbaby, and friends, as well as making stained glass art! 

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Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | ​Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | ​Ɂedlanet’e — Dene |  We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. We want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ We commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being.