By Dr. Teresa Turner August 22, 2019
Dear Promise Informed Teacher,
Yes, you! Ms. (or Mr.) Promise Informed Teacher. Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I wanted to stop by to remind you that "GREAT THINGS BEGIN WITH SMALL ACTIONS."
A PROMISE INFORMED REMINDER
As we begin another school year, I’m reminded of one of the world's greatest humanitarians, Mother Teresa. Not only was she an amazing world citizen, who showed tremendous love and compassion for people from all walks of life, she’s left us with some great advice and words of wisdom. Mother Teresa, as great as she was, cautioned, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Tackling too much at one time can cause us to feel so overwhelmed that we falter from exhaustion. So, when it comes to making lasting changes, start small. You don’t have to do everything today, not even tomorrow. Begin at the beginning and make a great change one step at a time.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
You gain win after win by building on previous successes. Progress with every previous step, whether it’s shifting your own mindset from fixed to growth, infusing mindfulness into your classroom routines or using more appreciative words with your students, keep pushing, one strategy, one word, one day at a time. That's how greatness manifests.
A WAY OF BEING
Promise Informed is more than a framework, it’s more than an initiative and even more than a movement. Promise Informed is a way of being.
Hang your hat of the core beliefs of Promise Informed:
The state of having a growth mindset gives consideration of positive cumulative assets.
Assets are confirmed by what is right, changeable, and possible.
Appreciative frameworks, standards, and practices assemble advocacy and guide thinking, planning, and implementation.
BE THE CHANGE WE NEED
Promise Informed frameworks, systems, standards, formulas, and practices are established norms that drive the creation of enhanced outcomes of achievement for all.
Start this school year with a new mindset, with a new lens of hope for the future of education. Start this school year with a determination to be your best, try your best, be Promise Informed and be the change we need in this world.
Here’s to you, our pride and joy, our Promise Informed Teachers of this school year.
Dr. Teresa Turner has been leading and coaching teachers throughout her educational career through a variety of school offerings including magnet programs. She currently serves as Project Director of Magnet School Grants for Richland One in Columbia, South Carolina. She offers her experience as a Promise Informed contributor to further support teachers in an effort to ensure achievement for all in education as a chief architect of Promise Informed Teachers.