In many ways this depends on the place in which the educator is working. In some places, the massive pressure for performance on state tests is so overwhelming that a professional that wishes to remain employed must focus on those results at the cost of their own agenda and what they think might be best in the long run for their students.
In some places a teacher might still have more freedom to design curriculum that meets the standards of the school or district or state but does so in a way that they feel meets the needs and talents of the students.
Other things that educators must focus on are being sure to provide safe learning environments for all their students and also modeling life-long learning skills for students as well. This might be talking about reading that they are doing, helping the students make sense of current events and answering their questions, being willing to admit when you do not know something, it could take a number of different forms.