Extracurricular Burnout: In Defense of Idle Hands

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. consider the utility of regularly screening for students' self-reported burnout and student engagement alongside extracurricular activity participation.
  2. learn the importance of balancing student schedules in order to promote positive outcomes from both academic and emotional perspectives.
  3. promoting practices that ensure students develop positive habits for future academic endeavors.


In the face of increasing amounts of responsibilities placed on high school students, it is important to examine if busy schedules are conducive to positive outcomes. This study was conducted to examine the effects of extracurricular participation on levels of student engagement and burnout. Surveys were administered to over 400 suburban high school students in grades 9–12 prior to COVID-19 school closures in spring 2020. Results and implications for serving students will be presented.



Zachary Crew, University of Georgia
Amy L. Reschly, University of Georgia


Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!