School Connectedness, Attempts to Connect, and Compassion Fatigue During COVID-19

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about practical strategies and school-based practice that could help promote educators’ sense of connectedness and positive school climate during the distance learning and pandemic crisis.
  2. learn about the process of establishing and working within a research practice partnership aimed at generating scientific understandings that will support teachers and school leaders in navigating COVID-19 related challenges.
  3. learn about how to assess teachers’ feelings of compassion fatigue and school connectedness in the midst of COVID-19.


This study examined the association between educators’ feelings of school connectedness and compassion fatigue, and the moderating role of educators’ attempts to contact members of their school communities. A total of 321 educators in a large urban district in northern California were surveyed after their transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results suggest that more attempts to contact colleagues did not buffer the negative association between school connectedness and compassion fatigue for teachers.



Sarah Manchanda, UC Berkeley
Chunyan Yang, UC Berkeley
Tammy Y. Yabiku, UC Berkeley
Raymond Q. Vo, UC Berkeley


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