As Staff Appreciation Week draws near, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your hard work, dedication, and attention to details that betters the lives of TV Students! We couldn’t do what we do without the talents and skills of each person that makes up our organization. George Couros stated, “If you want to see the effectiveness of an educator, you do not look at what the teacher is doing but at the learners whom they serve.” It doesn’t take much time on Facebook or Twitter to find the amazing things that our students are doing because of your support!
This past school year started with a question: What is your hope for our students? Hope is a powerful thing. In 2014, Gallop conducted a poll and found that of the students who had high hope, 70% were emotionally engaged in their learning. Hope is positively related to emotional engagement with school, which in turn is related to academic performance. Several recent studies indicate that hope is a more robust predictor of college success than ACT, SAT, or GPA. And one of the most important factors of a child’s level of hope? Educators.
Educators play a vital role in a student's academic performance as well as in a student's hopeful thinking. Educators create environments of hopeful thinking through interactions, helping to set goals, and creating strategies to reach those goals. As the craziness of May begins, I know you are tired, worn-out, and ready for summer; you have spent the past nine months pouring hope into our kids...and it’s exhausting. A life has been changed because of you!
As summer approaches, I wish you the best as you relax and recharge and spend time with friends and family. You deserve it!