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Perspectives on Educator Ethics: Navigating Social Media
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Maree Sneed, Education Attorney; and Tommie Johnson, Educational Consultant
Hosted by Eve Myers, Educator and Educational Consultant, HillCo Partners
Sponsored by ETS ProEthica
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The use of social media to engage with communities and with students has become ubiquitous—however, even with social media policies in place, educators can still encounter situations that can place them at risk. In this edWebinar, consider an authentic scenario that illustrates the ethical dilemmas that may occur in a typical school setting, and how social media can escalate a simple decision made with the best of intentions into a controversy that could jeopardize a career.
In this edWebinar, noted education attorney Maree Sneed discusses the value of setting clear policies, guidelines, and training to help educators avoid these traps. Maree Sneed is joined by Tommie Johnson, former Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, who discusses how a code of ethics can help educators navigate the potentially dangerous world of electronic communication within the educational setting.
This recorded edWebinar is intended for educators at all levels of the profession, from pre-certification through in-service professionals including educators interested in incorporating ethics and cyber ethics training into their district’s professional development offerings.
About the Presenters
For three decades, Maree Sneed has advised clients in the education sector on a broad range of issues. She provides advice to school districts, educational associations and institutions on contract provisions, social media, bullying and cyberbullying, harassment, sex and race discrimination, and magnet schools. She also advises on privacy issues, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; special education/IDEA; equitable access and opportunities; integration and desegregation; school facilities; contracts; Title IX, Title VI, and 504 compliance; and charter schools. Maree has provided regulatory advice to clients and litigated cases for clients in state, federal, district, and appellate courts. Maree and her team worked on two important Supreme Court cases involving school districts — Schafer v. Weast and PICs v. Seattle School District No. 1. Maree has also represented school districts in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and negotiated voluntary resolution agreements.
Tommie Johnson has served in several Texas school districts as a Human Resources leader, providing guidance at the district level. She has focused on employee performance and engagement and demonstrated a commitment to performance excellence and customer service that resulted in her department being recognized as Department of the Year during three of her last four years. With over 25 years of experience as an educator, Tommie has also been a principal, assistant principal, and teacher.
About the Host
Eve Myers has over 30 years of experience with educational publishing at the state and national level. Currently, Eve is a consultant with HillCo Partners in Austin, TX, providing advisory services to educational solutions providers in the Texas market. A former middle and high school English teacher, Eve has worked with districts in Texas and nationally to support educators through providing high-quality solutions in curriculum, digital learning, assessment, and professional services.
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