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Pathways to Well-Being

Helping Educators (and Others) Find Balance in a Connected World
Product code: WELSEL
ISBN: 9781564847690
Published: 2019
Topics: Parent engagement

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By Susan Brooks-Young and Sara Armstrong

“This is the no-nonsense guide to cultivating positive emotions that many . . . can really use right now. The authors teach practical ways to gain focus, to harness gratitude and movement, and to illicit positivity, empathy, and kindness. They also impart the fascinating science behind mental well-being and how to cultivate it.” -- J.T. © AudioFile

We all want lives filled with balance, ease and contentment — but how do we get there? In Pathways to Well-Being, authors Susan Brooks-Young and Sara Armstrong share steps to increasing well-being and discuss how six elements — gratitude, positivity, focus, empathy, kindness and movement — impact daily life. All of us, especially educators, influence those around us — in our schools, in our communities and ultimately throughout the world. When we work toward supporting well-being for ourselves and others, our lives are enriched immensely.

In Pathways to Well-Being, you’ll find suggestions for how to address the unexpected consequences of technology use and increase positive connections, which ultimately lead to enhanced well-being.

The book includes:

  • An overview of each of the six elements of well-being with connections to the applicable ISTE Standards for Educators and the ISTE Standards for Education Leaders.
  • Real-world connections to help readers answer questions such as: “How does the topic relate to everyday life?” and “What can I do to incorporate what I’ve learned into what I do at work and at home to make my life, and the lives of those around me, better?”
  • Information on the positive and negative aspects of technology related to overall well-being.
  • Reflection questions to help readers make healthy changes. 
  • Additional resources such as research, articles, books and websites.


Through the information and activities in this book, educators and others will find ways to reduce the stress in their lives and grow their sense of well-being.

About the Authors

Susan Brooks-Young has 38 years of experience in PK-12 education as a teacher, school administrator and professional development provider. She has written many books, including Creating Content With Your Tablet; Making Technology Standards Work for You: A Guide for School Administrators, Third Edition; and A Better Approach to Mobile Devices: How Do We Maximize Resources, Promote Equity, and Support Instructional Goals?

Sara Armstrong, Ph.D., has 43 years of experience in PK-12 education as a teacher, principal, curriculum developer and professional development provider. She has written a number of articles and several books on education topics, including Information Literacy: Separating Fact from Fiction and The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom.