Frequently asked questions

If you need help, we have a list of frequently asked questions and answers Click a question below to view the answer.

Teachers - CARE teacher professional development includes three full-day workshop sessions followed by monthly 1-hour Zoom video conferencing sessions and an email twice a month to help deepen your understanding of the CARE content and skills. The For Teachers video on our home page provides detailed information for teachers and school administrators about how we collect data before and after the CARE sessions.

Students - Most students will just go about their regular school day. They may see our research assistant observing the teacher in the classroom for 90 minutes in the fall and spring. A small group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders with signed Parent/Guardian permission will be invited to answer two brief questionnaires on a computer. The For Parents video on our home page offers more information about student participation.

Administrators - When the project is complete in your school, administrators will be invited to complete a Zoom interview to discuss your school's experience with the CARE project. The For Teachers video on our home page provides detailed information for administrators and teachers.

 

Yes, the CARE program has proven to be effective for helping general education teachers reduce their stress levels and minimize burnout. This is the first time that CARE is being introduced to Special Education teachers. 

 

Most students will just have a regular day at school and do nothing different while their teacher participates in the study. Parents/guardians will learn details about the study on an Opt-Out Form provided by the school. Using this form, you may choose to opt your child and/or their information out of any or all parts of the study. Your child might see a research assistant observing the teacher during their class time, but opted-out students will not be observed.

A small group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be invited to answer questionnaires about school for 15-25 minutes once in the fall and once in the spring, for a total of less than one hour during the entire school year. If your child is eligible, you will receive a Parent/Guardian Permission for Student Survey form from your child’s special education teacher. Participation is voluntary! You do not have to say yes. If you do give permission, we will still ask your child if they want to participate, and they may choose to participate or not. If you do not give permission, we will not invite your child. 

 

Most students will just have a typical day at school and do nothing different during the study. Parents of a small group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will receive a Parent/Guardian permission form to ask if we may invite your child to answer two brief questionnaires. Please watch the video FOR PARENTS on the home page for more information.

Participation is voluntary and you may exclude or withdraw your child at any time. Please contact the CARE Project Director, Catherine Jantzer, at CARE@psu.edu or 404-954-2821 if you have questions or would like to exclude or withdraw your child from the study.

The CARE program helps teachers increase enjoyment of the teaching profession and respond more positively when unavoidable stress occurs at school. CARE allows teachers to practice wellness tools that can help you recognize, optimize, and regulate your own emotions. Please watch the For Teachers and Administrators video on our Home page for more information!

If you are a K-5 elementary special education teacher in a school that is participating this year, your school or school district will send you information about the study. If you're interested, please complete a very brief online CARE Application form to learn whether you are eligible.

Teachers receive electronic gift cards for participating; administrators, parents and students do not. For all financial and compensation questions please email the CARE office: CARE@gsu.edu or call us at 404-954-2821.

Participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. Please contact the CARE Project Director, Catherine Jantzer at 404-954-2821, if you have questions about your participation or if you would like to withdraw from the study. Teachers will receive gift cards for any parts of the study that you have already completed.

Thank you for your interest! A detailed informational video FOR TEACHERS is posted on the home page. If you have additional questions, please email the CARE Project Manager Catherine Jantzer at CARE@psu.edu or call 404-954-2821. 

Please use the resource list on this website called Support Resources to get further support from a hotline or from qualified providers in your area.

If you cannot attend any CARE appointment that you are scheduled for (classroom observation, CARE professional development day or monthly session, Zoom interview, etc.) please call the CARE project office as soon as possible to reschedule: (404) 954-2821.

Please do not attend CARE workshop days if you think you have COVID-19 or another communicable illness. Please take good care of yourself and call 404-954-2821 as soon as possible to reschedule your session.

If you are a teacher or an administrator who would like to help lead CARE training sessions in your school district or area next year, you may email the CARE project office at CARE@psu.edu to discuss extending your experience with the CARE program.

Please contact the CARE project office.

Email: CARE@psu.edu and CARE@gsu.edu 

 Phone: 404-954-2821