Code Of Conduct


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A presentation of the PA code of conduct/ethics for teachers as followed by the Central York School District.

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Code Of Conduct

  1. 1. Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators
  2. 2. The Professional Standards and Practices Commission <ul><li>MISSION: </li></ul><ul><li>Committed to providing leadership for improving the quality of education in this Commonwealth by establishing high standards for preparation, certification, practice and ethical conduct in the teaching profession. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Code of Conduct Any individual who becomes an educator in the Commonwealth makes a moral commitment to uphold the values reflected in the Code. The Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators can be found at 22 Pa. Code §§ 235.1 - 235.11
  4. 4. Professional Practices <ul><li>… are the behaviors and attitudes based on a set of values that the professional education community believes and accepts. </li></ul><ul><li>… values evidenced by the professional educator's conduct toward: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educator's employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Professional Practices <ul><li>Abide by all laws of the Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared, and legally certified, in their areas of assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain high levels of competence throughout their careers </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibit consistent and equitable treatment of students, fellow educators and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Accept the value of diversity in educational practice </li></ul><ul><li>“ Diversity requires educators to have a range of methodologies and to request the necessary tools for effective teaching and learning.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Professional Practices <ul><li>Impart to their students principles of good citizenship and societal responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibit acceptable and professional language and communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>“ Their verbal and written communications with parents, students and staff shall reflect sensitivity to the fundamental human rights of dignity, privacy and respect.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Professional Practices <ul><li>Open-minded, knowledgeable and use appropriate judgment and communication skills when responding to an issue within the educational environment </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in confidence information obtained in confidence in the course of professional service </li></ul><ul><li>Exert reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions which interfere with learning or are harmful to the student's health and safety </li></ul>
  8. 8. Professional Educators May NOT : <ul><li>Discriminate </li></ul><ul><li>Interfere with civil rights and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Accept gratuities, gifts or favors </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit a professional relationship for personal gain or advantage </li></ul>
  9. 9. Relationships with Students <ul><li>The Professional Educator may not -- </li></ul><ul><li>misrepresent evaluations of students </li></ul><ul><li>misrepresent subject matter or curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>sexually harass or engage in sexual relationships with students </li></ul><ul><li>withhold evidence from the proper authorities about violations of the legal obligations as defined within this section. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Professional Relationships <ul><li>The Professional Educator may not -- </li></ul><ul><li>Deny or impede a colleague in the exercise or enjoyment of a professional right or privilege in being an educator </li></ul><ul><li>Distort evaluations of colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Sexually harass a fellow employee </li></ul><ul><li>Use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional decisions of colleagues </li></ul>
  11. 11. Actionable Misconduct - Criminal <ul><li>Criminal Homicide </li></ul><ul><li>Aggravated Assault </li></ul><ul><li>Stalking </li></ul><ul><li>Kidnapping </li></ul><ul><li>Unlawful Restraint </li></ul><ul><li>Rape </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Assault </li></ul><ul><li>Aggravated Indecent Assault </li></ul><ul><li>Indecent Exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Incest </li></ul><ul><li>Concealing the death of a child </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing in infant children </li></ul><ul><li>Prostitution </li></ul><ul><li>Offenses related to obscene and other sexual materials/performances </li></ul><ul><li>Corruption of minors </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse of children </li></ul><ul><li>Felony offenses under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act </li></ul><ul><li>Out of state and Federal crimes similar to those listed </li></ul>
  12. 12. Actionable Misconduct - Non-Criminal <ul><li>Immorality </li></ul><ul><li>Incompetence </li></ul><ul><li>Intemperance </li></ul><ul><li>Cruelty </li></ul><ul><li>Negligence </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our Commitment Any individual who becomes an educator in the Commonwealth makes a moral commitment to uphold the values reflected in the Code.