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Title: Ethical Leadership


1
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
The Code of Ethics for Georgia Educators-2014-2015
2
Professional Standards Commission
  • Certification
  • Educator Preparation
  • Ethics

3
Legal Authority of the PSC Ethics Division
4
20-2-984.1. Adoption of a Code of Ethics.
  1.  It shall be the duty of the commission to adopt
    standards of performance and a code of ethics for
    educators which are generally accepted by
    educators of this state.  

5
Code of Ethics
  • Code of Common Sense

6
20-2-984.1. Adoption of a Code of Ethics.
  • The standards of performance and code of ethics
    adopted by the commission shall be limited to
    professional performance and professional ethics.
  • The PSC does not care what you do in you personal
    lives as long as it does not carryover into your
    professional lives.

7
Definition of Educator
  • 20-2-982.1.(2) "Educator" means education
    personnel who hold, have applied for, or been
    denied certificates, permits, or other
    certification documents issued by the Georgia
    Professional Standards Commission.  

8
Legal Compliance
Standard 1
9
Standard 1
An educator shall abide by federal, state, and
local laws and statutes.
10
Legal Compliance
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to
    the commission or conviction of
  • a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.
  • any criminal offense involving a controlled
    substance or marijuana.
  • any sexual offense specified in Code Section 16.
  • any laws applicable to the profession.

11
Standard 1 Legal Compliance
  • Educator was arrested and charged with writing
    bad checks. She entered a guilty plea, forfeited
    a cash bond, and paid her fine.
  • Reprimand

12
Standard 1 Legal Compliance
  • The Educator was arrested for misdemeanor Theft
    by Shoplifting. She was sentenced to serve 12
    months probation, complete community service,
    receive counseling, and pay a fine. The
    conviction occurred while the Educator held a
    valid PSC certificate and it was the 3rd time she
    had been arrested for shoplifting
  • Suspension

13
Conduct with Students
14
Standard 2
An educator shall always maintain a professional
relationship with all students, both in and
outside the classroom.
15
  • A student is anyone under the age of 18.

16
  • OR, a student enrolled in grades Pre-K to 12 in a
    public or private school.

17
For the purposes of the Code of Ethics, the
enrollment period for a graduating student ends
on August 31 of the year of graduation.
18
Revocation
Sexual Abuse of Students
19
Young people instinctively recognize these
boundary violations and often nickname the
employee engaged in such violations a pervert,
based on their perceived sense of
inappropriateness.
Mary Jo McGrath
20
16-6-5.1
  • Jail time for Educators who have sexual relations
    with students
  • Age 16-not less than one year nor more than 25
    years in jail or a fine not to exceed 100,000 or
    both
  • Under the age of 16-not less than 25 years nor
    more than 50 years in jail

21
20-2-751.7 (a)
  • The PSC shall establish a state mandated process
    for students to follow in reporting instances of
    alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher,
    administrator or any other school employee
  • Shall include these processes in the student
    handbook and in employee handbook
  • Any teacher, counselor, or administrator
    receiving a report or sexual misconduct shall
    submit a written report in 24 hours

22
Standard 2 Conduct With Students
  • An Educator of students with disabilities,
    admitted to jerking/yanking students,
    dragging/dropping students, yelling/screaming at
    students in her self-contained classroom but
    denied ever intentionally hurting a child.
  • Suspension

23
Standard 2 Conduct With Students
  • The Educator admitted he had sent photos of
    himself to students and requested fun photos
    from the students. The Educator stated he thought
    the age of 16 was legal for sex.
  • Revoked

24
Social Networking
  • Check local school system policy regarding use of
    social media

25
Student Relationship Guidelines
E-mail
Phone Calls
Be Friendly, Not a Friend.
Gossip
Parties
Inappropriate Jokes
Photographs
26
Choose Appropriate Settings
Student Relationship Guidelines
Home
Auto
Closet
Dark Room
27
Standard 3
  • Alcohol or Drugs

28
Standard 3
An educator shall refrain from the use of alcohol
or illegal or unauthorized drugs during the
course of professional practice.
29
Alcohol
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to
  • being on school premises or at a school-related
    activity involving students while under the
    influence of, possessing, or consuming alcoholic
    beverages.

30
Standard 3 Drugs and Alcohol
  • The Educator was reported to be using cocaine by
    a member of the community. When confronted, she
    admitted to using cocaine earlier in the week but
    declined to take a drug test.
  • Suspension

31
Standard 3 Drugs and Alcohol
  • During a school day, teachers smelled alcohol on
    the breath of an Educator. The Educator admitted
    to drinking several martinis the night before
    while he stayed up late completing
    end-of-the-year paperwork. When tested, he
    registered .13 on the breathalyzer
  • Suspension

32
Standard 4
  • Honesty

33
Standard 4
An educator shall exemplify honesty and integrity
in the course of professional practice.
34
Honesty
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to
    falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting
  • professional qualifications, criminal history,
    college or staff development credit and/or
    degrees, academic award, and employment history

35
Honesty
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to,
    falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting
  • information submitted to federal, state, local
    school districts and other governmental agencies

36
Honesty
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to,
    falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting
  • 3. information regarding the evaluation of
    students and/or personnel

37
Honesty
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to,
    falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting
  • reasons for absences or leaves

38
Honesty
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to,
    falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting
  • 5. information submitted in the course of an
    official inquiry/investigation and

39
Honesty
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to,
    falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting
  • 6. information submitted in the course of
    professional practice.

40
Standard 4 Honesty
  • The Educator held a student IEP meeting, but the
    regular education teacher and another special
    education teacher were not in attendance. The
    initials of the two teachers who did not attend
    the meeting were placed on the document. The
    Educator was unable to recall how the initials of
    the co-workers were placed on the IEP document
  • Suspension

41
Standard 4 Honesty
  • The Educator failed to disclose his criminal
    history on the PSC application.
  • Reprimand

42
Standard 5
  • Public Funds Property

43
Standard 5
An educator entrusted with public funds and
property shall honor that trust with a high level
of honesty, accuracy, and responsibility.
44
Public Funds Property
  • Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to
  • misusing public or school-related funds
  • failing to account for funds collected from
    students or parents
  • submitting fraudulent requests or documentation
    for reimbursement of expenses or for pay
  • co-mingling public or school-related funds with
    personal funds or checking accounts and
  • using school property without the approval of the
    local board of education/governing board or
    authorized designee.

45
Standard 5 Public Funds and Property
  • The Educator admitted to using Booster club debit
    card and account number to pay personal bills.
    The Educator indicated he had used the card by
    mistake instead of his own debit card
  • Suspension

46
Standard 5 Public Funds and Property
  • The Educator, a teacher and coach, rented the
    high school baseball field to a community team,
    and had the check made out to him for the use of
    the field.
  • Suspension

47
Standard 6
  • Remunerative Conduct

48
Standard 6
An educator shall maintain integrity with
students, colleagues, parents, patrons, or
businesses when accepting gifts, gratuities,
favors, and additional compensation.
49
Standard 6 Remunerative Conduct
  • Multiple students stated they purchased gift
    cards for the Educator, at her request, with the
    understanding they would receive a better grade
  • Suspension

50
Standard 6 Remunerative Conduct
  • The Educator encouraged students in her high
    school classes to help her sell vitamin
    supplements and told them she would give them a
    commission. She distributed samples to some of
    students for them to try.
  • Revocation

51
Standard 7
  • Confidential Information

52
Standard 7
An educator shall comply with state and federal
laws and state school board policies relating to
the confidentiality of student and personnel
records, standardized test material and other
information.
53
Confidential Information
  • Annual performance evaluation records of school
    personnel
  • Health services provided to an insured
  • Individual student performance data, information
    and reports
  • School records of students with disabilities
  • A student's education record

54
Standard 7 Confidential Information
  • An Educator admits she gave her computer password
    to a student and allowed the student to assist
    her in completing RTI information for the
    students in her class.
  • Suspension

55
Standard 7 Confidential Information
  • The Educator, a teacher at the middle school,
    admitted to accessing a high school students IEP
    information through another teachers log-in code
    because he was dating her daughter
  • Suspension

56
Standard 8
  • Abandonment of Contract

57
An educator shall fulfill all of the terms and
obligations detailed in the contract with the
local board of education or education agency for
the duration of the contract.
58
Abandonment of Contract
  • The PSC expects educators to honor their
    contracts.
  • The PSC has identified circumstances that
    warrant educators leaving their contracted
    positions without a release.
  • Educators are expected to make every effort to
    minimize the effect on the students experiencing
    the loss.

59
Standard 8 Abandonment of Contract
  • The Educator signed a contract to work for the
    2013-2014 school year. In November, the Educator
    submitted her resignation, effective the same
    day. She stated that the extra duties had been
    added to her job and she was completely
    overwhelmed.
  • Suspension

60
Standard 9
  • Required Reports

61
An educator shall file reports of a breach of one
or more of the standards in the Code of Ethics
for Educators, child abuse, or any other required
report.
62
  • O.C.G.A. 19-7-5
  • Child abuse includes the following conduct by a
    childs parent or caretaker
  • Physical injury or death (by other than
    accidental means)
  • Neglect or exploitation of a child
  • Sexual abuse - an act of apparent sexual
    stimulation or gratification ...
  • Sexual exploitation - allows, permits,
    encourages, or requires a child to engage in
    prostitution or sexually explicit conduct .

63
20-2-1184
  • Any employee of a public or private elementary or
    secondary school ... who has reasonable cause to
    believe that a student at that school has
    committed any of the following acts upon school
    property or at any school function, shall
    immediately report the act and the name of the
    student to the principal or the principal's
    designee.
  • Aggravated assault involving a firearm
  • Aggravated battery
  • Sexual offenses
  • Carrying a deadly weapons at public gatherings
  • Carrying weapons at school
  • Illegal possession of a pistol or revolver by a
    person under 18
  • Possession or any use of marijuana and
    controlled substances,
  • The principal ... shall make an oral report
    thereof immediately by telephone or otherwise to
    the appropriate school system superintendent and
    to the appropriate police authority and district
    attorney.
  • Any person who fails to make a report shall be
    guilty of a misdemeanor.

64
Standard 9 Required Reports
  • A teacher reported that the Counselor refused to
    assist her in completing a mandated child abuse
    report because it was after hours and she was
    going home
  • Suspension

65
Standard 9 Required Reports
  • A first year teacher came to the principal and
    told her about a student who had made an outcry
    regarding abuse by her Father. She was not the
    students teacher so she only knew the students
    nickname. The principal said they would
    investigate the situation in the morning.
  • Revocation

66
Standard 10
  • Professional Conduct

67
Standard 10
An educator shall demonstrate conduct that
follows generally recognized professional
standards and preserves the dignity and integrity
of the teaching profession.
68
Standard 10 Professional Conduct
  • The Educator admitted to showing an inappropriate
    YouTube Video in his classes
  • Suspension

69
Standard 10 Professional Conduct
  • The assistant principal harassed a female
    custodian. The victim reported that the Educator
    exposed himself to her.
  • Suspension

70
Standard 11
  • Testing

71
Standard 11
An educator shall administer state mandated
assessments fairly and ethically.
72
Georgia Not Only State With Questionable Test
Scores
73
Nationwide Problem
  • 196 of the largest 3,125 school systems in the
    United States has suspect test score improvement
  • Odds of obtaining these reported results by
    chance alone is over 1000 to 1
  • In 33 of these school systems, the odds were
    worse than 1,000,000 to 1

74
Testing
  • United States spends 760,000,000 a year on
    testing required by NCLB
  • States are left to their own in monitoring the
    testing
  • Most states do not have resources to conduct
    investigations of this magnitude
  • One graduate student, in her dissertation,
    surveyed teachers in her state and found that
    50 of teachers either had cheated or knew a
    colleague who had cheated

75
  • With a good testing program
  • Students know the skills and knowledge they have
    mastered and how they compare to others.
  • Parents can evaluate whether their children are
    obtaining the skills and knowledge they need.
  • Teachers can determine if students have mastered
    the skills and knowledge needed to advance to the
    next level.
  • Community members have a measuring stick for
    student performance.

76
Major Testing Violations
  • Breach of Test Security
  • Fail to provide or attend training
  • Fail to follow directions specified in the manual
  • Coach, prompt, alter or provide answers to
    students during the test
  • Interpret, explain, or paraphrase test items
  • Copy or take notes on test items

77
Standard 11 Testing
  • The Educator fell asleep while administering an
    EOCT to students
  • Suspension

78
Standard 11
  • The Educator read aloud the science portion of
    the CRCT to students who did not have a read
    aloud accommodation
  • Suspension

79
Teachers Role
  • Attend training
  • Ensures security of test booklets before,
    during, and after testing
  • Follow directions
  • Arrange seats to promote individual work
  • Circulate about the classroom to prevent cheating
    and other violations
  • Be familiar with allowable student accommodations
  • Account for all testing materials

80
Lessons Learned
  • Establish an environment conducive to student
    learning and test score improvement
  • Require training for all participants with
    similar information and format at all training
    sessions
  • Require available staff to monitor during testing
  • Test security is paramount

81
Lessons Learned
  • Investigate all allegations and complaints
    thoroughly - consider involvement of outside
    investigators
  • Large increases in student test scores are a red
    flag
  • Having knowledge of testing violations and
    failing to report jeopardizes teaching
    certificate
  • Superintendents, Principals, and Test
    Coordinators are ultimately responsible

82
Other Grounds for Disciplinary Action
  • Suspension or revocation of any professional
    license or certificate.
  • Violation of laws and rules applicable to the
    profession.
  • Any other good and sufficient cause that renders
    an educator unfit for employment as an educator.

83
Enforcing Sanctions
  • The superintendent and the superintendents
    designee for certification shall be responsible
    for assuring that an individual whose certificate
    has been revoked, denied, or suspended is not
    employed or serving in any capacity in their
    district. Both the superintendent and the
    superintendents designee must hold GAPSC
    certification.

84
Sanctions-June, 2013-June 2014
  • Legal compliance-46
  • Conduct with Students-84
  • Alcohol and Drugs-32
  • Honesty-109
  • Public Funds and Property-31
  • Remunerative Conduct-3
  • Confidential Information-7

85
Sanctions
  • Abandonment of Contract-3
  • Required Reports-20
  • Professional Conduct-65
  • Testing-47
  • Total-447

86
ADVICE
  • Teachers have two major responsibilities-teach
    the students and protect them
  • Take testing seriously
  • Be friendly to the students-you are not their
    friend but a supervisor and role model
  • Honesty and Integrity are important
  • Educators are held to higher standards
  • Educators are mandated reporters if they are
    aware of violations of Code of Ethics

87
Contact Information
  • Paul A. Shaw
  • Email-paul.shaw_at_gapsc.com
  • Phone -404-232-2635
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