Michigan Code of Educational Ethics
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) approved a new Michigan Code of Educational Ethics (Code) in May 2019. The Code provides principles for best practice, mindfulness, self-reflection, and decision-making – setting the groundwork for self-regulation and self-accountability. The establishment of this Code honors the public trust and upholds the dignity of education across the state.
School districts should share and discuss the Code with all school personnel and its impact on local policy in support of ensuring an effective education workforce. It is essential that all individuals working with and for students understand how professional decision-making can impact the safety and well-being of children, licensure, and the culture and mission of the school.
The Code is adapted from the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), which was developed by a national panel of practicing teachers and administrators and was vetted across multiple organizational partners and posted for public comment. Following the public comment period, the draft MCEE was presented for adoption by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Board of Directors (NASDTEC).
State of Michigan Resources
An Intentional Focus on Mitigating Risks (Webinar)
Ethics and Educators (Blog)
A blog dedicated to the important conversations related to professional decision making in today's P-12 classrooms. NASDTEC hopes that "Ethics and Educators" will provide a venue that permits professional educators to explore topics associated with professional ethics in education, and more specifically, the Model Code of Ethics for Educators. Our goal is that Ethics and Educators will be a community space that illuminates, clarifies and inspires. Consider how you might like to contribute – perhaps through sharing questions and comments in response to the blogs, submitting topics for discussion, or even contributing as a writer. This blog is managed by the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics (NCAEE) under the guidance of NASDTEC Senior Advisor, Dr. Troy Hutchings.
The National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics and the NASDTEC Professional Education Committee presents the latest in its series of webinars on the ethical issues facing educators inside (and outside) the classroom. Nationally-recognized technology and privacy expert Frederick Lane ("Cybertraps for Educators," "American Privacy") offers a detailed and informative presentation focusing on the ethical challenges posed by one of today's most popular technologies: the smartphone. These powerful and sophisticated devices have invaded nearly every aspect of modern life. In the process, they have changed contemporary pedagogy, altered the power dynamic in the classroom, and have dramatically increased the potential for oversharing (both intentional and unintentional) by educators. Although many of the ethical dilemmas discussed by Lane arise out of Principal V of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators ("Responsible and Ethical Use of Technology"), Lane carefully highlights how ethical standards throughout the MCEE are relevant to how and when educators use their phones.
A panel of educators, attorneys and a social media expert have an unscripted discussion related to the blurred boundaries between professional and private use of social media, the expectations that are often placed upon educators regarding its use, and the prevalence of cases that result in licensure sanctions. In addition, the discussion illustrates how the Model Code of Ethics for Educators has become a valuable tool in promoting professional discussions and guidelines around the use of technology, social media and other forms of communication.
National Education Association (NEA) Resources
Elevating the Profession Through Educator Ethics (Micro-credentials)
This stack challenges the status quo, personal beliefs, and cultural norms in order to develop a non-biased approach to ethical decision-making that allows educators to take control of their Profession. Participants examine various ethical situations including: technology dos and don'ts; relationships with students, parents, and colleagues, and; the dichotomy of a school employee's life.