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What Can I do to Support Educator Ethics?
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Here are some suggestions of what YOU can do to further awareness of the professional responsibility for ethical practice, equip fellow educators/pre-service candidates in ethical understanding with training, and support educators’ ethical decision making.

 

 Educator Preparation Programs  

  • Initiate conversations with faculty regarding ethics and how to educate pre- service candidates and leaders with ethical thinking and decision making.

  • Have on-going discussions regarding topics related to educator ethics.

  • Create faculty-meeting agendas to address/discuss educator ethics and how to educate pre-service candidates and leaders about educator ethics

  •  Develop a course, including both knowledge and pedagogy, on Educator Ethics starting as early in the program as possible for candidates

  • Integrate the ethical discussions and scenarios into other course curricula.  Start as early as possible for candidates

  • Develop a policy at the institution regarding educator ethics aligned with the MCEE.  Integrate into existing policies.

  • Contact your professional state and national organization(s) to promote educator ethics, awareness of MCEE and that organization’s involvement in the creation/adoption of MCEE.

  • Differentiate between dispositions and ethics.

  • Include ethical decision making in candidate’s field experience evaluations.

 

Local School Districts   (administrators, teachers, Education Support Professionals [ESPs])

  • Initiate conversations with faculty and staff regarding educator ethics, ethical thinking, and decision making.

  • Engage in on-going discussions and trainings in PLCs and/or faculty meetings regarding topics or scenarios related to educator ethics and how to go about educating teachers, ESPs and leaders.

  • Review district policies (eg., social media technology, educator-student relationships) to align with MCEE.

  • Initiate and continue discussions on incorporating educator ethics into existing district policies and regulations.

  • Engage district leaders in discussions and training on educator ethics and decision making for leaders.

  • Educate and train ESPs on ethics.

  • Contact your professional state and national organization(s) to promote educator ethics, awareness of MCEE and that organization’s involvement in the creation/adoption of MCEE.

State Educational Agencies

  • Initiate discussions about Educator Ethics with State Boards or Departments of Education and State Professional Standards Boards.

  • Inform legislators (eg., state House and Senate Education committees) and other state officials about the importance of educator ethics and the MCEE.

  • Create regulations for Educator Ethics by adopting/adapting MCEE.  If the state already has current regulation(s), then align it with the MCEE.

  • Propose legislation to require pre-service candidates and current educators to have training/PD on Educator Ethics and the MCEE.

  • Create professional development modules, materials, and resources to assist districts with implementing MCEE.

  • Integrate MCEE training into statewide programs such as an early career/mentor program.

  • Contact your professional state and national organization(s) to promote educator ethics, awareness of MCEE and that organization’s involvement in the creation/adoption of MCEE.

 

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