- Hope accounts for 12% of academic success and is a better predictor of GPA and retention in college than high school GPA, SAT, and ACT scores (Gallup Student Poll National Report, 2014).
- Hope is worth a day week of job productivity - meaning a person with high levels of hope can accomplish in four days what a person with less hope accomplishes in five days.
- Hope is a strong predictor of mortality with those reporting feeling 'hopeless' twice as likely to die sooner than those who report feeling hopeful about their future (p.61).
In the midst of the many challenges facing teachers today, teacher leaders need to recognize that they have an opportunity to make the future better than the present. They think in 'what ifs', spending more time designing a better tomorrow rather than reacting to today's problems. They commit their leadership efforts to promoting a better future for all instead of promoting their own self-interests. Truly hopeful teacher leaders have the ability to generate and sustain excitement about the future of our students and our profession, even in the midst of challenges.
Successful teacher leaders have the power to make a better future happen.
Hopeful teacher leaders don't just wish for a better future, they take steps to initiate that future.
They recognize that hope is an infinite resource that can be taught and shared. They understand that their vision for a better tomorrow impacts their actions today. Effective teacher leaders don't sit on the sidelines, blame others, or 'wait out' tough times. Instead, they develop goals, take action, and overcome obstacles in order to achieve a better future.
Strategies to Nurture Hope
Hope can be borrowed, but only if those sharing it have enough to spare. Below are a few simple strategies that teacher leaders can use to nurture hope within themselves and within their colleagues:
- Find a tribe that shares your passions and is a source of encouragement (Helping Teacher Leaders Find Their Tribe).
- Connect with those that are creating a better future of education such as @AngelaMaiers @Angela_Watson @gcouros @pernilleripp.
- Surround yourself with positive people and avoid the toxic ones (Find Your Marigold by @cultofpedagogy).
- Help someone else overcome obstacles to achieve their goal. When we see hope in action, it affirms our beliefs and actions.
- Make small steps on the way to big change by ISTE Connects.
- Build time into your schedule to put hope into action. Commit to your 'hope appointments' just as you would to doctor appointments.
- Borrow hope from others when you feel like you are losing yours.