The State of Student Well-Being in 2023
Before the pandemic, many schools realized they had reached a tipping point regarding student health and safety. Increasing academic demands designed to position students to successfully compete for limited enrollment invitations to prestigious universities were harming students’ long-term success and well-being. Simultaneously, sharp increases in mental health issues and suicides among those under 18 were rightfully fueling concerns.
Since the pandemic’s start, a new set of stressors has affected students’ well-being, and many schools have placed student mental health as a top issue to address. In this webinar, Dr. Bryan Smyth—ISM Senior Consultant and Director of Research—will share what ISM has learned about the status of student well-being as we emerge from the pandemic.
You will learn:
- the factors important to gauge well-being;
- how well-being constructs differ from what many schools rely on;
- areas and grade levels that emerged as of most concern; and
- broad suggestions on how to address well-being in your school.
Bryan SmythISM Senior Consultant and Director of Research
Bryan Smyth, Ph.D. joined ISM as a Consultant in 2013 following 13 years in independent school administration. His central purpose is to help students flourish. He believes that the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.
Bryan conducts onsite scheduling consultations, having had extensive experience creating and implementing unique daily schedules and annual calendars for both boarding and day schools.
In addition, he helps schools analyze and strategize their operations by conducting Strategic Performance Analyses, Strategic Planning/Strategic Financial Planning, and Strategic Academic Planning consultations.
He also oversees ISM’s research initiatives designing studies, conducting statistical analyses, and advancing the organization’s knowledge in areas important to independent school leadership.
Bryan writes frequently for Ideas & Perspectives in the areas of scheduling, student-centered policies, faculty growth and evaluation, finance, social-emotional well-being, and research. In 2019, he co-authored Comprehensive Faculty Development: A Guide to Attract, Retain, Develop, Reward, and Inspire.
Bryan co-leads ISM’s popular Annual Heads Retreat. He also conducts ISM’s Student-Centered Scheduling workshop, which is offered twice a year, and The Assistant Headship, offered at Summer Institute every other year.
Bryan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University, Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from Reinhardt University, Georgia, which focused on the application of business principles to the management of independent schools.
This varied background and set of experiences afford Bryan the ability to analyze a school’s form and function from multiple viewpoints, leading to solutions that take into account all perspectives.