SurfNturf- I think narrowing down the focus of what you want to accomplish is probably the way to go. For example, a special education mission statement
might read like this, “To develop the potential of all children and make them understand that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.”
This really establishes the fact that the teacher went into teaching because she sees the potential in all of her students and wants to work hard every day to bring out those realities.
It also addresses the fact that the limits that children impose on themselves are not accurate and a disability should not be an obstacle to success.
It is really an empowering educational mission statement because people are only achieve what they feel that can actually achieve.
The best teachers are the ones that inspire us to think beyond the textbook. I know that if I was a teacher this is the message that I would relay to my students.