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Create Safe and Equitable Learning Environments through Ethical Decision-Making
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Josh Parker, Director, Unbound Ed; and Toni Thompson, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, San Antonio ISD (TX)
Hosted by Meredith Christiansen, Strategic Advisor, ETS
Sponsored by ETS ProEthica
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To support student achievement, educators often go beyond their roles as instructors—they must also be prepared to handle students’ social-emotional needs in situations where students may be at high risk. These demands increase the inherent risks and vulnerabilities in the profession. As a result, educators face daily ethical dilemmas in their interactions with students, colleagues, and the community.
By creating a safe and equitable learning environment, we recognize risk and develop a decision-making framework based on professional ethics. Josh Parker draws on his experiences as a teacher, campus leader, compliance specialist, and director for Unbound Ed to explore ethical decisions that may impact instructional effectiveness. Josh also examines how ethics relates to the goal of providing a safe and equitable learning environment for all learners.
Josh is joined by Toni Thompson, an administrator with extensive experience educating students with profound emotional needs. Ms. Thompson serves as a school district human resources director assisting educators with navigating dilemmas they face. She will share a framework for ethical decision-making that has been used in her district, and you’ll learn how this framework and collaborative discussion supports educators in navigating risks.
Learn how district and campus leaders can develop a standard of care and a culture of transparency and accountability for ethical behavior with take back resources and strategies you can use in your school or district. This edWebinar is moderated by ETS’s Meredith Christiansen, a champion for the professional ethics in education.
This edWebinar will be of interest to preK through high school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and HR leadership. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenters
Josh Parker’s mission in education and life is to “help people and solve problems.” Throughout his career, he has achieved both goals. He has served students and teachers within the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor as an ELA instructional coach, language arts department chair, secondary language arts teacher, professor, and compliance specialist. He now serves teachers, administrators, and educational leaders throughout the country as the director of engagement and programs at Unbound Ed. Josh, a Teaching Channel Laureate and Education Week writer, was also a Lowell Milken Unsung Hero (2017), N.E.A. Global Fellow (2013), and Maryland Teacher of the Year (2012).
Toni Thompson has served as the associate superintendent of human resources in the San Antonio Independent School District for more than 18 years. Prior to her current position, she was an administrative officer in human resources where her work focused largely on employee relations, performance management, and leadership development. Earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Texas State University, she pursued elementary education and special education as a course of study with an emphasis on working with children with emotional disturbances. Toni continues to develop professionally, currently fulfilling requirements to become a certified professional coach. She is the district trainer for a suite of Vital Smarts products to include Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, and Influencer. She has also participated in the Negotiation Project training at Harvard University and mediation training provided by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
About the Host
Meredith Christiansen, National Director of ProEthica, ETS Professional Educator Programs, joined ETS in 2005 and has led several state and national programs including ETS’s English learner initiative. Currently, she leads business development for the ProEthica program.
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