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3 November 2021 - 3 November 2021

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Online seminar using Zoom

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

Developing school leaders’ and pre-service teachers’ capacity to address stress and burnout in teaching

Dr Leslie Blanchard is Executive Director, Leadership Development Institute at Louisiana State University.

This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom. Contact for details about how to take part.

One of the challenges facing many education systems in the world is a shortage of qualified teachers. In the US, it is reported that around 40 and 50 percent of new teachers leave within the first five years of entry into teaching. Some researchers have suggested that one of the main factors for early departure of teachers is the lack of adequate support from school administration or lack of adequate preparation for dealing with the stress and workload associated with teaching

The Leadership Alphabet of Disposition Development Engagement and Reflection (LADDER) is the evidence-based, research-driven tool that was created as a result of more than 8 years of data-collection surrounding the important dispositions that educators need to develop to be successful.

LADDER combines models of coaching and reflective practice to target stress management, burnout prevention, teacher retention, and disposition development in pre-service teachers and leaders. The goal of Project GlobeLADDER is to provide the support necessary to develop the dispositions of educators during their teacher preparation so that they may carry this knowledge into the early stages of their careers. Project GlobeLADDER will offer a transformative approach to proactively target key indicators of career readiness through a comprehensive framework that directly addresses the root causes and provides students with strategies to identify professional stressors and manage them. Project GlobeLADDER improves upon the quality of a one-size-fits all instruction by using individual data to customize a development plan for each pre-service teacher.

In this seminar presentation I will explain how Project GlobeLADDER works and the proposal for a collaborative work with Durham University working with Catherine Reading, Julie Armstrong and Beng Huat See. The pilot will also involve academics at Mendel University (Czech Republic) and Daugavpils University (Latvia) to test and evaluate the impact of LADDER on pre-service teachers’ outcomes.

Project LADDER has short-, mid-, and long-term outcomes related to: 1) pre-service teacher stress management and burnout prevention; 2) new teachers’ job satisfaction and retention; 3) reduced teacher emotional distress; 4) adult and student SEL; and 5) students’ academic achievement. The evaluation of Project GlobeLADDER will include pre- and post- assessments of disposition knowledge, career readiness, and SEL. Project GlobeLADDER will inform the creation of a replicable, scalable model pre-service curriculum that holistically supports teachers across the world.


Dr Leslie Blanchard is Executive Director, Leadership Development Institute at Louisiana State University. She has consulted and coached individuals, teams, and large groups to facilitate organizational effectiveness and improve culture and climate. Her passion is to “develop the people that develop people,” and she hopes that her efforts to cultivate great leaders in the human services field will have a positive lasting impact on the lives of those that benefitted from it.  Dr Blanchard's work targets the identification of the root causes of teacher burnout, stress, and turnover and develops interventions to address them using a research-based instrument and process.