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 music education majors at Slippery Rock University and Grove City College in Pennsylvania and graduate students at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
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 vendor number is 300026368-7031099 Thomas W. Bailey Attorney at Law. The course included three, one-hour interactive sessions entitled “Pennsylvania Educators: Your Ethical Codes and PDE Discipline Process.” It 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 Session 1 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.
January 30,2021 Act 48 Session 2 to Westmoreland County educators.
February 23, 2021 Act 48 Session 3 to Westmoreland County educators.
April 13, 2021 Act 48 Session 1 to Westmoreland County educator.
On August 12, 2022, PDE approved Fox and Bailey's PIL continuing professional education course for school and system leaders. This course is entitled "Pennsylvania Educators: Your Ethical Codes and School Law."
System leaders from Beaver County began Session 1 of PIL Course 1 on September 27, 2022. The Course consists of one, three-hour session each week, for four consecutive weeks. In addition, participants read materials each week in preparation for the weekly session. Each participant is also responsible to create a professional learning community made up of educators from their district. It is these educators who present a model lesson to their own students. This model lesson introduces students to the operation of a student code of on-line conduct to address bullying situations.