The educational professional demonstrates personal qualities and dispositions that reflect effective development as a professional educator.
The dispositions that are expected of professional educators reflect the values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and communities and affect student learning, motivation and development, as well as the educators’ professional growth. The dispositions are guided by beliefs and attitudes related to values, such as caring, fairness, honesty, responsibility, and social justice.
Professional educators have passion for teaching, their disciplines, the profession, and believe they have a moral mission to make a difference in the lives of their students and clients and to contribute to the development of a democratic society. They believe that all children, regardless of heritage, ability, or circumstances, can learn and deserve caring, competent, knowledgeable, and skilled teachers. They are committed to communicating effectively and working collaboratively with professional colleagues, parents, the community, and children. They view reflection as critical to improvement of their professional practice; they are committed to professional growth, and ongoing, life-long learning.
Furthermore, they have a strong work ethic and a mature, professional manner. Effective professional educators are responsible and dependable, punctual and regular in attendance. They exhibit the ability to make good decisions, set appropriate priorities and meet deadlines. They are comfortable with the use of current and emerging technology. Effective teachers are creative and demonstrate initiative, approaching teaching and related assignments with enthusiasm, energy and a sense of humor. They continually portray a professional image consistent with school standards and handle professional responsibilities in an ethical and confidential manner.