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​Educator Ethics and Conduct Toolkit

How to Use These Materials

The units presented in this Educator Ethics and Conduct Toolkit (Toolkit) can be used individually or as a group. Through case studies and suggested readings, these materials are intended to complement classroom instruction for teachers.

Please note that the terms "teacher" and "educator" are often used interchangeably throughout the Toolkit. The principles espoused in the Toolkit and the duties delineated in Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice and Conduct (Code of Conduct) and the Professional Educator Discipline Act are equally applicable to all educators (i.e., classroom teachers, educational specialists, administrators, etc.).

Each unit offers materials that can be incorporated in many different teacher education courses. When the materials are integrated without modification in a course with one hour blocks of class time, each unit would take roughly three days to teach following this sample outline:

Day 1:

  • Unit Introduction and discussion questions
  • Lesson and discussion on focus topic

Day 2:

  • Introduction of PA Code of Conduct and disciplinary procedures
  • Case studies and discussions

Day 3:

  • Video case study
  • Action plan

About this Project

This Toolkit is a collaborative effort with Dr. Oliver Dreon, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Digital Learning Studio at Millersville University of Pennsylvania; Sandi Sheppeard, Director of GEAR UP and Special Projects in Academic and Student Affairs at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and the Professional Standards and Practices Commission.

©Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Dr. Dreon was the primary author, and completed the work under a work for hire contract.

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