guide to educational decisions;

The professional educator fulfills the obligation to address and attempt to resolve ethical issues by:

1. Confronting and taking reasonable steps to resolve conflicts between the Code and the implicit or explicit demands of a person or organization;

2. Maintaining fidelity to the Code by taking proactive steps when having reason to believe that another educator may be approaching or involved in an ethically compromising situation;

3. Neither discriminating nor retaliating against a person on the basis of having made an ethical complaint;

4. Neither filing nor encouraging frivolous ethical complaints solely to harm or retaliate; and

5. Cooperating fully during ethics investigations and proceedings

C. The professional educator promotes and advances the profession within and beyond the school community by:

1. Influencing and supporting decisions and actions that positively impact teaching and learning, educational leadership and student services;

2. Engaging in respectful discourse regarding issues that impact the profession;

3. Enhancing one’s professional effectiveness by staying current with ethical principles and decisions from relevant sources including professional organizations;

4. Actively participating in educational and professional organizations and associations; and

5. Advocating for adequate resources and facilities to ensure equitable opportunities for all students. (TOP)

Principle II:  Responsibility for Professional Competence

The professional educator is committed to the highest levels of professional and ethical practice, including demonstration of the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for professional competence.

A. The professional educator demonstrates commitment to high standards of practice through:

1. Incorporating into one’s practice state and national standards, including those specific to one’s discipline;

2. Using the Model Code of Educator Ethics and other ethics codes unique to one’s discipline to guide and frame educational decision-making;

3. Advocating for equitable educational opportunities for all students;

4. Accepting the responsibilities, performing duties and providing services corresponding to the area of certification, licensure, and training of one’s position;

5. Reflecting upon and assessing one’s professional skills, content knowledge, and competency on an ongoing basis; and

6. Committing to ongoing professional learning.