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How to (Finally) Crack the Code on Teacher Morale

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Unfortunately, many districts are stuck. Harvard studies show that self-care and wellness programs have little-to-no impact on employee health, absences, or performance. Starbucks gift cards are appreciated but benefits last no longer than a latte. Even bonuses don’t seem to move the needle. It’s clear that bigger changes are needed, but what does work? Are such changes within a district’s control—or budget?

Unequivocally, yes. But success will require a new, collaborative approach. EAB has scoured leading organizations across many industries to crack the code on improving teacher morale, then applied those lessons to the unique context of public education.

In this session, EAB researchers will outline a systematic process for helping employees to thrive, making your district the place that teachers want to work and students want to learn.

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Eric Flowers

Eric Flowers

Senior Director K-12, Small Enrollment Institutions and College Access Terrain

Eric serves as Senior Director for K-12, Small Enrollment Institutions, and College Access Terrain. He comes from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) where he served as the Chief Academic Officer and previously served as the Chief Opportunity Officer. In these roles, Eric provided leadership and oversight for efforts in both the K-12 and higher education divisions working collaboratively with district, 2-year and 4-year leaders.

Eric was a lead member for the state with the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Southwest to conduct applied research and training to support a more evidence-based K-12 education system. He led the development of the 2021-26 Arkansas Division of Higher Education strategic plan focused on closing equity gaps at the state’s universities. In addition, Eric is also an avid graduate adjunct faculty and dissertation committee member having served at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Central Arkansas. Prior to working at ADE, Eric served in various roles as both an educational researcher and university administrator with 15 years of proven achievement in leading teams, planning, and implementing programs focused on college access and academic success.

Eric earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also holds a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Southern Arkansas University. Eric obtained a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from University of South Florida Corporate Training and Professional Education.

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