The Teacher Health and Wellness Act requires that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct a research study on evidence-based methods of reducing stress and improving job retention among teachers through support and wellness services in academic institutions. The bipartisan bill aims for this study to highlight strategies to mitigate teacher burnout and depression in order to promote stability and productivity in learning environments.
Specifically, the bill asks that the NIH investigate and realize any of the interventions listed below over a period of five years:
- Wellness and stress-reduction initiatives in workplaces;
- “Social emotional learning” programs;
- Mentoring networks and professional training programs to advance continued education and leadership skills among teachers;
- Psychological support through teacher residency programs; and/or
- Reevaluation of teacher compensation packages.
Following this study, the NIH would analyze and present the results to Congress via a publicly available report. The report would also include recommendations for promoting teacher wellbeing, especially in relation to stress, and for reducing job turnover.