The Texas Education Agency (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 how 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 webisodes in the comedic style of the hit television show The Office. 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 in the comedic style, TEA takes these offenses very seriously.
Please note that your local district policy may be different 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.
Breakdown of Ethics training (outside source) 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, the assessment is not required, however 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. It is also encourage to revisit ethics regularly to ensure that edcuators know and understand the district procedures in case an issue ever arrises.
Other important links
Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators (outside source)
Student Assessment (outside source)
FAQs regarding Investigations & Disciplinary Rules Enforcement
Project Share (ourside source)- The mission of Project Share is to provide an interactive and engaging learning environment firstname.lastname@example.org The Texas Education Agency encourages all educators to use Project Share as their primary online learning community for students and other educators.
Internet Safety: Communication
Educator Preparation Programs requirement under 228.30 (2) the code of ethics and standard practices for Texas educators, pursuant to Chapter 247 of this title (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/actions to the principal or other immediate supervisor
The district will investigate
Recommendation: Avoid placing yourself in compromising situations.
Remember: You are required by law to report child abuse.