Ethics Decision Making Worksheet
Important Relationships in the Case
Georgina Smith and her student, Luis
Georgina and the school principal
Georgina and Luis’s family
The family and the parent liaison
NAEYC Core Values
Recognize that children are best understood and supported in
the context of family, culture (ethnicity, racial identity,
economic level, family structure, language, and
religious and political beliefs, which profoundly
influence each child’s development and relationship
to the world), community, and society
Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in
the context of relationships that are based on trust
To appreciate the vulnerability of children and their dependence on
To develop relationships of mutual trust and create partnerships with
the families we serve
To respect the dignity and preferences of each
Family and to make an effort to learn about its structure, culture,
language, customs, and beliefs.
To participate in building support networks for families by providing
them with opportunities to interact with program staff, other
families, community resources, and professional services.
We shall make every effort to communicate effectively with all families
in a language that they understand. We shall use
community resources for translation and interpretation
when we do not have sufficient resources in our own
We shall maintain confidentiality and shall respect the family’s right to
privacy, refraining from disclosure of confidential
information and intrusion into family life. However, when
we have reason to believe that a child’s welfare is at risk, it
is permissible to share confidential information with
agencies, as well as with individuals who have legal
responsibility for intervening in the child’s interest.
Contradictions if any?
● Georgina speaks the families first language, Spanish
● Georgina is very supportive & willing to work with the family
● School had a parent liaison to assist with uniforms for the
Possible actions the
educator/professional should take?
● A home visit would be possible, but before a relationship is
established it may be intrusive to the family.
● Also, Georgina could have chosen to do absolutely nothing.
This certainly would not be the right action to take but is a
possible one. Georgina could have ignored the problem or
leave it up to someone else to handle the issue.
should be taken?
● Unobtrusively communicating with the family
● Connecting family with resources
● Help build a strong relationship between the family, school,