Professionalism in Teaching- A Pledge

A Pledge to Act Professionally through the Following Actions

  • I show up.
  • I show up on time.
  • I show up prepared.
  • I show up in a frame of mind appropriate to the professional task.
  • I show up properly attired.
  • I accept the idea that "on time," "prepared," "appropriate," and "properly" are defined by the situation, by the nature of the task, or by another person.
  • I accept that my first duty is to the ultimate welfare of the persons served by my profession, and that "ultimate welfare" is a complex mix of desires, wants, needs, abilities and capacities.
  • I recognize that professional duties and situations are about completing tasks and about solving problems in ways that benefit others, either immediately or in the long term. They are not about me. When I am called upon to behave as a professional, I am not the patient, the customer, the star, or the victim.
  • I place the importance of professional duties, tasks and problem solving above my own convenience.
  • I strive to work effectively with others for the benefit of the persons served. This means I pursue professional duties, tasks and problem solving in ways that make it easier (not harder) for others to accomplish their work.
  • I properly credit others for their work.
  • I sign my work.
  • I take responsibility for my actions, my reactions, and my inaction. This means I do not avoid responsibility by offering excuses, by blaming others, by emotional displays, or by helplessness.
  • I do not accept professional duties or tasks for which I am personally or professionally unprepared.
  • I do what I say I will do. By the time I said I would do it. To the extent I said I would do it. And to the degree of quality I said I would do it.
  • I take active responsibility for expanding the limits of my knowledge, understanding and skill.
  • I vigorously seek and tell the truth, including those truths that may be less than flattering to me.
  • I accept direction (including correction) from those who are more knowledgeable or more experienced. I provide direction (including correction) to those who are less knowledgeable or less experienced.
  • I value the resources required to perform professional duties, tasks, and problem solving, including my time and that of others.
  • I accord respect to the values, interests, and opinions of others that may differ from my own, as long as they are not objectively harmful to the persons served.
  • I accept the fact that others may establish objectives for me. While I may not always agree with those goals, or may not fully understand them, I will pursue them as long as they are not objectively harmful to the persons served.
  • When I attempt a task for the second time, I seek to do it better than I did it the first time. I revise the ways I approach professional duties, tasks, and problem solving in consideration of peer judgments of best practice.
  • I accept the imperfections of the world in ways that do not compromise the interests of those I serve or my own pursuit of excellence.
  • I base my opinions, actions and relations with others upon sound empirical evidence, and upon examined personal values consistent with the above.
  • I expect all of the above from other professionals.