FTCE Professional Education; Competency 6: Knowledge of the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida

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Does an educator have a responsibility to the district?
No, the primary obligations of an educator are to the student, public, and the profession.
The Office of Professional Practice Services
organization that is responsible for investigating alleged misconduct by educators.
How long do you have to report an arrest to FDOE?
48 hours! Failure to report an arrest to the Florida Department of Education within 48 hours is grounds for dismissal and certificate revocation, regardless of the outcome of the arrest.
Which organization is responsible for investigating alleged misconduct by educators?
The Office of Professional Practice Services is tasked with investigating educator misconduct
If a teacher is not sure whether they can copy materials they should
check the materials license site, copying without permission violets the code of ethics
If an at risk student could not print their assignment at home is it OK to print it at school for them?
no. this violates the code of ethics
When asked their opinions about education related issues by outside sources what should teachers do
decline to comment. teachers should keep their personal opinions to themselves.
Ethics
A teacher's conduct as a certified professional educator.
Code of Ethics and Principles
Code which includes both the Code of Ethics of Education Profession in Florida and the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida. Addresses professional attitudes and concerns and ethical conduct toward students, the public, and the profession of education. A teacher found guilty of violating any part of this is subject to having his/her teaching certificate revoked or suspended.
The Code of Ethics
(The Educator Values)
worth & dignity of every person
pursuit of truth
devotion to excellence
acquisition of knowledge
nurture of democratic citizenship
The Code of Ethics
The educator values: the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, the nurture of democratic citizenship. The freedom to learn and equal opportunity for all are essential.
The educator's primary professional concern is: for the student, for the development of the student's potential. The educator will strive for professional growth and excercise the best professional judgement and integrity.
Awareness of the importance of maintaining the respect of colleagues, students, parents, and members of the community.
The Code of Ethics
(the Educators Primary Concern)
For the student
for the development of the students potential
Aware of the importance of mainstreaming the respect & confidence of colleges, students, parents, community
Principles of Professional conduct
obligation to the student
obligation to the public
obligation to the profession of education
Obligation to the student
The educator shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or student health/safety, shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning, shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view, shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to academics, shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement, shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights, shall not harass or discriminate against any student, shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain, shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
Obligation to the public
The educator shall take resonable pecautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any institution or organization affiliated, shall not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression, shall not use institutional privileges for personal gain, shall accept or offer no gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages.
Obligation to the profession of education
The educator shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings, shall not deny professional benefits to any colleague for any basis, shall not interfere with a colleague's excrcise of political or civil rights and responsibilities, shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual's performance of work, shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague, shall not use coercive or special treatment to influence colleagues, shall not misrepresent own professional qualifications, shall not submit fraudulent information, shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose material facts on applications for a professional position, shall not withhold information regarding a position from an appicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment, shall provide upon request a written statement of reasons that lead to denial of a position etc, shall not assist entry into or continuance in the profession any person known to be unqualified, shall self-report within 48 hours any arrests/charges involving the abuse of a child or sale/posession of a controlled substance, shall report any allegation of a violation of Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules, shall comply with conditions of probation, fine, or restriction ordered by Education Practices Commision and cooperate in the probation of a subordinate as supervising administrator.
Disciplinary Action
Suspention or revoking of a teacher's certificate is appropriate action if the teacher: fraudulently obtained an educator certificate, knowingly failed to report suspected child abuse, is incompetent to perform professional duties, is guilty of gross immorality or an act involving moral turpitude, has an educator certificate revoked/suspended in another state, has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor other than minor traffic violation, has been found guilty of personal conduct that reduced teacher effectiveness, has breached a contract with the school district, violated the professional conduct or any law for which revocation is penalty, or any order of the EP, is subject of a court order due to delinquent child support, or any other court order.
Education Practices Commission (EPC)
25 members oversees disciplinary action against holders of FL educator certificates
Professional Practices Services
Investigates complaints of alleged violations, of the code of Ethics
John Dewey
stated that "The good is that which is chosen after reflecting upon both the means and the probable consequences of realizing the good, meaning morals and what is considered appropriate behavior is not intrinsic, but rather a decision, a choice that is made upon realization of the best outcome
George Moore's Philosophy
that correct or good behavior is undefinable (intuitionist)
Plato
virtue is knowledge; vice, or evil, is the result of ignorance; therefore, people will be virtuous if they know what virtue is
Socrates
believed that education could make people moral
Lawrence Kohlberg Six Stages of Moral Development
1st and second stage- focus on self when making an ethical decision in which the person facing the moral dilemma may say, "I do not want to do this because I will be punished"
3rd and 4th stages- are on a higher level of moral development, because there becomes concern for others' well-being in which a teenager might not break curfew, because because a parent would be worried
5th and 6th stages- are based on the idea that there is a universal set of morals, or ethics that govern every person
The highest level is at stage 5, or determined by the principles of the individual- only the person may decide for him- or herself what ethical principles should be followed
High morals are based on principles
Professional Codes
share certain universal ethical standards, including such concepts as honesty, diversity, respect for confidentiality, continuing education, and the avoidance of discrimination
From a Pragmatic Perspective
the goal of a professional code is simply to coordinate the activities of people among whom may be found a wide diversity of interests, abilities and loyalties; the practitioner of a profession has a duty to behave in a prescribed way toward colleagues, clients, the employer, and the public; is bound by a sense of the ethical dimensions of the relations among professional and clients, the public, the employing institution, and fellow professionals; a code of professional ethics would include the beliefs of a particular group about what is right rather than expedient, what is good rather than simply pratical, and a description of acts which members must never engage in or condone
The Eleven Principles of Character Education
1. Character education promotes core ethical values as the basis of good character.

2. "Character" must be comprehensively defined to include thinking, feeling, and behavior.

3. Effective character education requires an intentional, proactive, and comprehensive approach that promotes the core values in all phases of school life.

4. The school must be a caring community.

5. To develop character, students need opportunities for moral action.

6. Effective character education includes meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners and helps them succeed.

7. Character education should strive to develop students' intrinsic motivation.

8. The school staff must become a learning and moral community in which all share responsibility for character education and attempt to adhere to the same core values that guide the education of students.

9. Character education requires moral leadership for both staff and students.

10. The school must recruit parents and community members as full partners in the character-building effort.

11. Evaluation of character education should assess the character of the school, the school staff's functioning as character educators, and the extent to which students manifest good character.
Code of Ethics- Education Profession
6B-1.006 Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida
6B-1.001 Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida.
The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
The educator's primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student's potential. The educator will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.
Specific Authority 229.053(1), 231.546(2)(b) FS. Law Implemented 231.546(2)(b) FS. History - New 3-24-65, Amended 8-9-69, Repromulgated 12-5-74, Amended 8-12-81, 7-6-82, Formerly 6B-1.01.
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6B-1.006 Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.
The following disciplinary rule shall constitute the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.
Violation of any of these principles shall subject the individual to revocation or suspension of the individual educator's certificate, or the other penalties as provided by law.
Obligation to the student requires that the individual:
Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student's mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic program.
Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights.
Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
Obligation to the public requires that the individual:
Shall take reasonable precautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any educational institution or organization with which the individual is affiliated.
Shall not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression.
Shall not use institutional privileges for personal gain or advantage.
Shall accept no gratuity, gift, or favor that might influence professional judgment.
Shall offer no gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages.
Obligation to the profession of education requires that the individual:
Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.
Shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.
Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual's performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.
Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
Shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional judgments of colleagues.
Shall not misrepresent one's own professional qualifications.
Shall not submit fraudulent information on any document in connection with professional activities.
Shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact in one's own or another's application for a professional position.
Shall not withhold information regarding a position from an applicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment.
Shall provide upon the request of the certificated individual a written statement of specific reason for recommendations that lead to the denial of increments, significant changes in employment, or termination of employment.
Shall not assist entry into or continuance in the profession of any person known to be unqualified in accordance with these Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and other applicable Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.
Shall self-report within forty-eight (48) hours to appropriate authorities (as determined by district) any arrests/charges involving the abuse of a child or the sale and/or possession of a controlled substance. Such notice shall not be considered an admission of guilt nor shall such notice be admissible for any purpose in any proceeding, civil or criminal, administrative or judicial, investigatory or adjudicatory. In addition, shall self-report any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendre for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation within forty-eight (48) hours after the final judgment. When handling sealed and expunged records disclosed under this rule, school districts shall comply with the confidentiality provisions of Sections 943.0585(4)(c) and 943.059(4)(c), Florida Statutes.
Shall report to appropriate authorities any known allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 1012.795(1), Florida Statutes.
Shall seek no reprisal against any individual who has reported any allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section1012.795(1), Florida Statutes.
Shall comply with the conditions of an order of the Education Practices Commission.
Shall, as the supervising administrator, cooperate with the Education Practices Commission in monitoring the probation of a subordinate.
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