TEA takes ethical violations very seriously! To
provide educators with a case study on poor ethical choices, the TEA developed
four training modules in the style of "The Office" to display extreme
behaviors that are not tolerated as an education professional.
The videos tell a story and should be watched in
sequential order to see the progression and development of the storyline, and the consequences of making poor choices, including loss of teaching
credentials and in some instances cause jail time for offenses.
Videos are for teacher training
purposes only. All characters, locations, and situations in The Campus are
purely fictional. Any similarities to anyone living or deceased are merely a
coincidence. This is a fictional presentation and is not intended to portray
any actual school, students, or personnel in Texas.
Since one of the best ways to
encourage positive behavior is to graphically illustrate negative behavior and
show its consequences, this online course is anchored by a series of four
entertaining yet informative episodes. The Campus takes participants into a
fictional school where a handful of likeable but ethically challenged teachers
get entangled in ethically treacherous situations. As the stories unfold over
the four webisodes, the misfit educators learn lessons about what does and does
not constitute ethical behavior. Keep in mind this is only four short modules
and does not reflect all issues that can take place on or off campus;
it is very important that you give as much guidance and clarity to your staff
as possible to prevent any ethical violations. Even though the style of
this training is comedic, TEA takes these offenses very seriously.
note that your local district policy may differ from that used as
guidance in this training course; always check with your district to
find out your local policies on social media and reporting procedures,
or if you feel you are in a situation that needs guidance.
Ethics Training Breakdown
A breakdown of the ethics training (outside source) is available.
The training is located on our TEA YouTube channel, and a playlist
called "Texas Education Agency Teacher Ethics Training" is available to
stream the ten video segments. Assessment for the training is available here, and while it is not required, it is recommended.
Module 1 (3 video segments) - Boundaries, approximately 25 minutes in length
Module 2 (2 video segments) - Social Media, approximately 10 minutes in length
Module 3 (3 video segments) - Anger Management, approximately 10 minutes in length
Module 4 (2 video segments) - Behavior off Campus, approximately 10 minutes in length
The purpose of this training is to make teachers aware of their actions
and hold them accountable for their behavior. Organizations are
encouraged to keep a record signed by the educator that they have been
trained on ethics. We also encourage teachers and education organizations to revisit ethics regularly to
ensure that educators know and understand the district procedures in
case an issue ever arises.
Other Important Links
More information on ethics for Texas educators is available below:
Disciplinary Policy and Mission Statement - State Board for Educator Certification (outside source)
FAQs regarding Investigations & Disciplinary Rules Enforcement
Project Share (outside source)
Internet Safety: Communication
Chapter 247 (relating to Educators' Code of Ethics) (outside source)
Best Practices for Teachers
Always check with your district on your local policy but the following are some best practices.
If you witness another teacher doing something unethical:
- Make factual notes about what you saw.
- Report the behavior or actions to the principal or other immediate supervisor.
The district will investigate the report.
Recommendation: Avoid placing yourself in compromising situations.
Remember: You are required by law to report child abuse.