“What do you remember most about elementary school?”
While preparing for an international conference presentation in Finland on quality education, I reached out to my former 5th grade students (who are now in their mid-20s) with this question via social media. I anticipated typical responses like friendships, sports, and field trips.
Recently NPR published a comic geared to children about the newly discovered coronavirus. The comic was also published in Chinese and has been translated into other languages—and it is finding an audience in schools and libraries as well as at home.
On April 2, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), educators are invited to a free, live presentation on “Leading with Ethics” sponsored by ETS – ProEthica. In this freeedLeader Panel hosted on edWeb.net, the presenters will explore how school administrators can help change the way ethics-based decisions are made within their school districts.
As the coronavirus spreads, talk of school closings have increased. Schools near outbreaks in China, Italy, and parts of the US have already been closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Whether or not the virus effects your community, it is a good time to develop or review your plan in the event of a school closure for any number of reasons (including inclement weather, fires, or other unforeseen circumstances). Educational technology tools make it possible for your students to continue learning even when they can’t make it to class.
How can educators remain sensitive to students’ needs and protect themselves from risk when interacting with students, parents, and colleagues in complex situations? With the ProEthica program, educators have tools to develop decision-making skills based on open communications and a professional ethics framework. This self-paced, online program provides real-life scenarios of situations educators encounter to help develop awareness of professional risk, the value of subscribing to a code of professional ethics, and the power of collaborative decision-making. The ProEthica program helps build trust among colleagues while protecting the teaching profession and supporting the welfare and safety of students.