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1 Ethics in Iowa Education The Board of Educational Examiners provides leadership in practitioner licensure, and oversight of practitioner rights, responsibilities, practices, and ethics.

2 The information in this presentation is NOT to be construed as legal advice. Since there could be contractual implications, practitioners may contact their building or union representative for guidance.

3 Presentation Content 1.Code of Conduct & Ethics. 2.Code of Rights & Responsibilities. 3.Role of the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). At the end of this presentation, participants will understand the following content:

4 Topics Iowa Department of Education Iowa Department of Education Board of Educational Examiners Board of Educational Examiners Chapter 26: Rights & Responsibilities Chapter 26: Rights & Responsibilities Chapter 25: Conduct & Ethics Chapter 25: Conduct & Ethics Case Studies Case Studies Cautions Cautions

5 Teachers are not in private practice. We are in the helping and caring profession, a service profession to help people enhance the quality of their lives. Harry and Rosemary Wong

6 Iowa Department of Education (DE) Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE)

7 Iowa Department of Education Recommends teacher prep programsRecommends teacher prep programs Monitors academic achievement Monitors academic achievement Monitors federal mandates Monitors federal mandates Monitors state mandates (DE & BOEE) Monitors state mandates (DE & BOEE) Translates laws into rules (DE & BOEE) Translates laws into rules (DE & BOEE)

8 Board of Educational Examiners Establishes licensure standardsEstablishes licensure standards Issues licenses Issues licenses Defines and enforces professional & ethical conduct Defines and enforces professional & ethical conduct

9 Professions ProfessionEntranceLicensureStandards Continuing Education Governing Body LawLSAT State Bar Exam Canon of Ethics CLE State Supreme Court MedicineMCAT State Board Exams State Code CME Board of Medical Examiners Education(Iowa) Entrance Exam (C-Base, PRAXIS-I, or CAPP) BA or BS (Initial license) Comp Evaluation (Standard license) Code of Conduct & Ethics Staff Dev or College credits (Grad or Undergrad) Board of Educationa l Examiners

10 Licensure Initial, standard, master educatorInitial, standard, master educator Administrative licensureAdministrative licensure Evaluator approvalEvaluator approval Substitute licenseSubstitute license Other certificationOther certification –Substitute authorization –Coaching authorization –Para-educator certification

11 Licensure Renewal Educators can renew their licenses through college credit and approved licensure renewal activities provided by AEAs, SAI, ISEA, and approved districts.

12 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 26

13 Rights & Responsibilities Right to be licensed & endorsedRight to be licensed & endorsed Right to refuse assignments for which the educator is not legally authorizedRight to refuse assignments for which the educator is not legally authorized Right to exercise professional judgment in teaching methods & instructional materialsRight to exercise professional judgment in teaching methods & instructional materials

14 Right to be Licensed & Endorsed After completing an undergraduate program, being recommended by a university or college, and passing a background check, a teacher has the right to be licensed. Example: In addition to passing all required classes, each teacher needs a positive recommendation concerning teaching ability to receive an initial license.

15 Right to Refuse Assignments A teacher who is teaching outside his or her licensure is subject to a fine and disciplinary action. Example: A high school English teacher must hold a secondary license and a journalism endorsement to teach journalism.

16 Right to Refuse Assignments Depending upon a school’s needs, a teacher may be asked to seek a conditional license by completing additional coursework. Example: A chemistry teacher may be asked to complete a coursework for a biology endorsement.

17 Right to Use Professional Judgment Subject to local board/administrator authority, teachers may evaluate, select, and use teaching methods appropriate to student needs, abilities, and backgrounds. However, teacher judgment must align with district goals and initiatives Example: In teaching social studies content, one teacher may ask students to role play while another may assign reports.

18 If You Have Questions, Contact… Building/district administratorsBuilding/district administrators Board of Educational Examiners of Educational Examiners Local/State Education Associations Education Associations School Administrators of Iowa Administrators of Iowa

19 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 25

20 Standards Standard I: Conviction of crimes, sexual or other immoral conduct with or toward a student, and child and dependent adult abuse Standard II: Alcohol or drug abuse

21 Standards (Continued) Standard III: Misrepresentation, falsification of informationStandard III: Misrepresentation, falsification of information Standard IV: Misuse of public funds and propertyStandard IV: Misuse of public funds and property Standard V: Violations of contractual obligationsStandard V: Violations of contractual obligations

22 Standards (Continued) Standard VI: Unethical practice toward other members of the profession, parents, students, and the communityStandard VI: Unethical practice toward other members of the profession, parents, students, and the community Standard VII: Compliance with state law governing student loan obligationsStandard VII: Compliance with state law governing student loan obligations Standard VIII: IncompetenceStandard VIII: Incompetence

23 Case Study #1 A high school English teacher claimed to have earned a masters degree in As of 2002, she received close to $42,000 extra salary based on her fictitious degree.

24 National Clearinghouse Suspensions and revocations are posted on the National Association of State Directors for Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Website.

25 Case Study #2 A coach hired a student to baby-sit and secretively videotaped her trying on bathing suits. He told her that he intended to purchase the suits for his wife.

26 Case Study #3 A high school science teacher drove a student to a school athletic event. The student found marijuana in the teacher’s car which the two proceeded to smoke. The teacher claimed that her brother, who had recently borrowed her car, was the likely source.

27 Case Studies #4-10 What standards did these practitioners violate? How could these situations have been avoided? Please read the remaining case studies and consider your responses to the questions above as you view the remaining case studies.

28 Case Study #4 A teacher’s request for personal leave was denied based on the district’s policy of no personal days before or after Winter/Spring Break. The teacher called in ill. An investigation by the principal revealed that the teacher took a planned trip during the time he requested sick leave.

29 Case Study #5 An elementary teacher locked money from student lunches, library books, field trips, and school fundraisers in her desk drawer. School policy required teachers to turn money into the office daily. An audit indicated that she turned in 60-70% less money than other teachers. She admitted to borrowing and not paying back the full amount. An elementary teacher locked money from student lunches, library books, field trips, and school fundraisers in her desk drawer. School policy required teachers to turn money into the office daily. An audit indicated that she turned in 60-70% less money than other teachers. She admitted to borrowing and not paying back the full amount.

30 Case Study #6 A middle school teacher purchased single copies of several software programs to use in class. Because of the limited number of copies, students could not easily work on their projects. A student was allowed to make additional copies to load on the remaining computers. A middle school teacher purchased single copies of several software programs to use in class. Because of the limited number of copies, students could not easily work on their projects. A student was allowed to make additional copies to load on the remaining computers.

31 Case Study #7 A superintendent used corporal punishment on two 4th grade boys after they had been reprimanded and referred by recess supervisors. The boys’ parents complained and contacted the police.

32 Case Study #8 A High School teacher was distressed with student misbehavior. She submitted a letter of resignation to the Board secretary mid-semester but failed to notify the principal. The teacher did not report to work again. A High School teacher was distressed with student misbehavior. She submitted a letter of resignation to the Board secretary mid-semester but failed to notify the principal. The teacher did not report to work again.

33 Case Study #9 An administrator, who could not find a teacher for one section of physics, ordered the band director, who held a Iowa K-12 instrumental music license with no endorsements, to teach that section.

34 Case Study #10 A teacher received a college grant with specific guidelines concerning where and how long to teach as well as payback provisions. He received several notices of default but failed to honor his loan obligations. A teacher received a college grant with specific guidelines concerning where and how long to teach as well as payback provisions. He received several notices of default but failed to honor his loan obligations.

35 Questions What standard(s) did these practitioners violate?What standard(s) did these practitioners violate? How could these complaints have been avoided?How could these complaints have been avoided?

36 Types of Sanctions Letter of Reprimand: Permanently on file; teacher continues to practiceLetter of Reprimand: Permanently on file; teacher continues to practice Suspension: Prohibited from practicing for a defined period of time, usually with requirements for additional trainingSuspension: Prohibited from practicing for a defined period of time, usually with requirements for additional training Revocation: Permanent loss of license with no opportunity for reapplying.Revocation: Permanent loss of license with no opportunity for reapplying.

37 Situations of Potential Concern Working alone with studentsWorking alone with students Driving students homeDriving students home Testing for AccountabilityTesting for Accountability Using technologyUsing technology

38 Working Alone with Students Tutorial sessionTutorial session Music or art lessonMusic or art lesson Physical education/coachingPhysical education/coaching Counseling before or after schoolCounseling before or after school

39 Driving Students Home School/district policies and procedures School/district policies and procedures Parent or guardian permission Parent or guardian permission Documentation Documentation

40 Testing for Accountability Prompting studentsPrompting students Altering student answer sheetsAltering student answer sheets Teaching identified test itemsTeaching identified test items Improper administration of testsImproper administration of tests Inappropriate accommodations or modificationsInappropriate accommodations or modifications

41 Using Technology Appropriate websitesAppropriate websites accounts accounts Legal softwareLegal software CopyrightCopyright CyberbullyingCyberbullying

42 It is essential that educators recognize their unique and influential role in society by honoring the standards established for their profession.

43 Think About Your… Interactions with students Interactions with students Knowledge of school policies and procedures Knowledge of school policies and procedures Reputation in the community Reputation in the community

44 What is your role and responsibility in maintaining the high ethical standards that define our profession?

45 Parents are the first teachers of their children, but teachers are the 2 nd most influential in the lives of children. -- Author unknown

46 For additional information about licensure and endorsements, contact the BOEE office at or

47 Ethics in Iowa Education was created by Heartland AEA 11 in partnership with the Board of Educational Examiners. Project authors: Anita Westerhaus & Sue Swartz © September 2005 Heartland AEA 11 Johnston, Iowa

48 This is the end of the presentation. Thank you for participating.


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