Selma City School Superintendent Avis Williams.

By Avis Williams

What if I told you that believing that you can achieve a goal or overcome challenges will help you to actually do so? This is possible due to a concept called self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is the belief that a person has that they can reach their goals and be successful despite the obstacles. 

When teachers and students have high self-efficacy, amazing results are possible. When a school or other organization achieves collective efficacy, the outcomes are even more incredible. 

Being a teacher is not easy. I doubt anyone would argue that point. Between high stakes testing, district initiatives and everchanging state accountability requirements, it’s not easy for teachers to feel successful or accomplished. Some may even doubt their abilities.

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