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The Resilient Educator: Preventing Teacher Burnout

Teaching is a demanding profession. Now, more than ever, teachers are being asked to prepare their students for higher achievement, while taking on greater workloads with fewer resources. This can take a toll on personal well-being, and the stress can lead to teacher burnout. Burnout is an acute challenge in the first years of teaching, and even veteran teachers facing new, higher demands are at risk.

The Resilient Educator: Preventing Teacher Burnout will look at the unique requirements of teaching at the primary and secondary levels and focus on bringing balance to both work life and home life.

Learn How to Bring Balance and Build Resilience

This course offers important and accessible resilience training for teachers. It will discuss and provide an opportunity to practice self-care activities that teachers can personally use to enhance resiliency and well-being, for more effectiveness in the classroom and to improve their personal quality of life. Course participants will learn how to leverage their personal and community strengths to withstand and recover quickly from difficult situations.

Throughout the course, participants will be provided reading materials and video lectures. Class discussions are held online and are asynchronous (no designated, required meeting times).

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Course Details

Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Method: Online course
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $495
Graduate application: Not required
Credits: See note below

This Course is Offered on the Following Dates

Details will be posted soon. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

Course Details

The course will be four weeks long with each week beginning on Monday and ending on Sunday evening (with the exception of Week 4 which will end on Friday). Each week will introduce a new theme that will build upon the previous week. Students can expect a recorded video from the instructor each week, as well as a reading assignment, a short reflection paper due on Sunday evening, and an asynchronous discussion amongst the group. The course is designed to be intellectually stimulating, reflective and practical. By the end of the course, students can expect to have developed strategies that can assist with work/life balance and a perspective that can improve overall resiliency in and out of the classroom.

A Note on Course Credit

This course is not being offered for credit on its own. However, individuals who successfully complete two of the course offerings listed below and then enroll in one of the master’s programs indicated may also be eligible for up to three hours of awarded credit toward their degree.

Creighton University will issue a 1098-T by January 31 for all learners enrolled in courses for credit. As part of that process, you may be asked to provide your Social Security number.

Complete two courses:

Enroll in one of these programs:

Required Materials

Lenz TL. Chronically American: Our Evolution Towards Chronic Illness and Our Radical Way Forward. Morrisville, NC: Lulu Press; 2020. ISBN: 978-1-79479-004-9 (paperback). ISBN: 978-1-79479-02106 (e-book)

Hanson R. Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness. New York: Harmony Book; 2018. ISBN: 978-0-49884-7. ISBN: 978-0-451-49885-4 (e-book)

Order your materials at the Creighton bookstore and get free standard shipping. Visit, call 402.280.2796 or email

The Resilient Educator is led by Tom Lenz, PhD, professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University. Dr. Lenz is the Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Well-Being and has worked for the last 30 years to help individuals improve their personal well-being. He is a Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has published over 100 articles and 5 books on the topics of chronic disease, lifestyle medicine and well-being. His research over the past 10 years has had a particular focus on personal resiliency and the topic of his most recent book, Chronically American: Our Evolution Towards Chronic Illness and Our Radical Way Forward (2020 by Lulu Press), is centered on helping individuals understand and build personal well-being and resiliency in our current social climate.

Continuing education and professional development courses may be cancelled by the attendee in writing up to 7 days before the course begins for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given 7 days prior to the course. Some courses are not eligible for a refund; these exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions. In the event of a weather related closure, the course will be rescheduled.

Student interactions and viewpoints are a vital part of our rich learning environment. For this reason, Creighton reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of low registration numbers. In this case, registrants will receive a full refund. If a course is cancelled by the University for other non-weather related issues, the student will be notified and a full refund will be processed.


If you have questions please fill out our Contact Us form or call 402.280.4076. We can also provide assistance with group registration or work with you to develop a customized course for a team.