Our background in ethics education....
In 2017, retired music teacher and Chair of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention, Paul Fox began speaking on educator ethics. He presented two recorded professional development webinars for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and more than 17 workshops or conference sessions for certified music teachers in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. In addition, Fox was invited to lecture to undergraduate and graduate music education majors in Pennsylvania and New York.
In July, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the application of retired social studies teacher and attorney-at-law Thomas W. Bailey. His course included three, one-hour interactive sessions entitled “Pennsylvania Educators: Your Ethical Codes and PDE Discipline Process.” The course awarded three PDE Act 48 credits via PERMS.
On July 16, 2020, Noah R. Jordan, Bailey, and Fox presented Pennsylvania Educators: Their Concerns During Covid and Educator Misconduct Complaints to the School and Municipal Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Fox presented Why I Teach Ethics Training for Pennsylvania Educators. Mr. Jordan is an attorney with Rothman Gordon PC, Counsel to the American Federation of Teachers Locals in Western Pennsylvania. Jordan presented Concerns of Pennsylvania Educator Unions Regarding Impact of Covid-19 in Labor Arbitration. Bailey presented PA Code of Practices & PDE Discipline Process: A Sample Ethics Act 48 Training Session for Educators. The case study examined the ethical issues surrounding students contracting Covid due to a teacher’s failure to clean his room properly.
In December 2020, Bailey and Fox began presenting interactive Act 48 sessions via Zoom link to educators in both Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties in PA. None of these educators have ever taken educator ethics in college or as professional development.
January 12, 2021 and February 9, 2021, Bailey and Fox recorded two webinars for PMEA members, “The Basics – PA Code of Conduct” and “Going Beyond – Codes of Ethics,” two one-hour sessions which are still offered from the online library of professional development workshops on the PMEA website.
April 7, 2022, Bailey and Fox presented to PMEA and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA) members at the PMEA Annual Conference in the Poconos. Fox was in-person while Bailey joined by Zoom. A half dozen college students majoring in music education were among the attendees who participated in the session. The case study examined the ethical issues from an actual educator misconduct complaint/prosecution of a Pennsylvania educator who allegedly maintained a sexual relationship with a student in high school. The educator appealed his resulting revocation to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
One student told Fox, “We don’t get this information at school.”