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CODE OF ETHICS FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS Pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (e), Article 11, of R.A. No.

7836, otherwise known as thePhilippine Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994 and paragraph (a), section 6, P.D. No. 223,as amended, the Board for Professional Teachers hereby adopt the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers. Preamble Teachers are duly licensed professionals who possesses dignity and reputation with high moralvalues as well as technical and professional competence in the practice of their noble profession,and they strictly adhere to, observe, and practice this set of ethical and moral principles,standards, and values. Article I: Scope and Limitations Section 1. The Philippine Constitution provides that all educational institution shall offer qualityeducation for all competent teachers. Committed to its full realization, the provision of this Codeshall apply, therefore, to all teachers in schools in the Philippines.Section 2. This Code covers all public and private school teachers in all educational institutionsat the preschool, primary, elementary, and secondary levels whether academic, vocational,special, technical, or non-formal. The term teacher shall include industrial arts or vocationalteachers and all o ther persons performing supervisory and /or administrative functions in allschool at the aforesaid levels, whether on full time or part-time basis. Article II: The Teacher and the State Section 1. The schools are the nurseries of the future citizens of the state; each teacher is atrustee of the cultural and educational heritage of the nation and is under obligation to transmit tolearners such heritage as well as to elevate national morality, promote national pride, cultivatelove of country, instill allegiance to the constitution and for all duly constituted authorities, and promote obedience to the laws of the state.Section 2. Every teacher or school official shall actively help carry out the declared policies of the state, and shall take an oath to this effect.Section 3. In the interest of the State and of the Filipino people as much as of his own, everyteacher shall be physically, mentally and morally fit.Section 4. Every teacher shall possess and actualize a full commitment and devotion to duty.Section 5. A teacher shall not engage in the promotion of any political, religious, or other partisan interest, and shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit, require, collect, or receive anymoney or service or other valuable material from any person or entity for such purposes.Section 6. Every teacher shall vote and shall exercise all other constitutional rights andresponsibility.Section 7. A teacher shall not use his position or official authority or influence to coerce anyother person to follow any political course of action. Section 8. Every teacher shall enjoy academic freedom and shall have privilege of expoundingthe product of his researches and investigations; provided that, if the results are inimical to thedeclared policies of the State, they shall be brought to the proper authorities for appropriateremedial action. Article III: The Teacher and the Community Section 1. A teacher is a facilitator of learning and of the development of the youth; he shall,therefore, render the best service by providing an environment conducive to such learning andgrowth.Section 2. Every teacher shall provide leadership and initiative to actively participate incommunity movements for moral, social, educational, economic and civic betterment.Section 3. Every teacher shall merit reasonable social recognition for which purpose he shall behave with honor and dignity at all times and refrain from such activities as gambling, smoking,drunkenness, and other excesses, much less illicit relations.Section 4. Every teacher shall live for and with the community and shall, therefore, study andunderstand local customs and traditions in order to have sympathetic attitude, therefore, refrainfrom disparaging the community.Section 5. Every teacher shall help the school keep the people in the community informed aboutthe schools work and accomplishments as well as its needs and problems.Section 6. Every teacher is intellectual leader in the community, especially in the barangay, andshall welcome the opportunity to provide such leadership when needed, to extend counselingservices, as appropriate, and to actively be involved in matters affecting the welfare of the people.Section 7. Every teacher shall maintain harmonious and pleasant personal and official relationswith other professionals, with government officials, and with the people, individually or collectively.Section 8. A teacher posses freedom to attend church and worships as appropriate, but shall notuse his positions and influence to proselyte others. Article IV: A Teacher and the Profession Section 1. Every teacher shall actively insure that teaching is the noblest profession, and shallmanifest genuine enthusiasm and pride in teaching as a noble calling.Section 2. Every teacher shall uphold the highest possible standards of quality education, shallmake the best preparations for the career of teaching, and shall be at his best at all times and inthe practice of his profession.Section 3. Every teacher shall participate in the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program of the Professional Regulation Commission, and shall pursue such other studies as willimprove his efficiency, enhance the prestige of the profession, and strengthen his competence,virtues, and productivity in order to be nationally and internationally competitive.

a) PREAMBLE The Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators is a set of principles which the education profession expects its members to honor and follow. These principles set forth, on behalf of the education profession and the public it serves, standards to guide conduct and the judicious appraisal of conduct in situations that have professional and ethical implications. The Code adheres to the fundamental belief that the student is the foremost reason for the existence of the profession. The education profession is vested by the public with a trust and responsibility requiring the highest ideals of professionalism. Therefore, the educator accepts both the public trust and the responsibilities to practice the profession according to the highest possible degree of ethical conduct and standards. Such responsibilities include the commitment to the students, the profession, the community and the family. Consistent with applicable law, the Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators shall serve as a basis for decisions on issues pertaining to certification and employment. The Code shall apply to all educators holding, applying or completing preparation for a certificate, authorization or permit or other credential from the State Board of Education. For the purposes of this section, "educator" includes superintendents, administrators, teachers, special services professionals, coaches, substitute teachers and paraprofessionals. (b) Responsibility to the Student: (1) The professional educator, in full recognition of his or her obligation to the student, shall: (A) Recognize, respect and uphold the dignity and worth of students as individual human beings, and, therefore, deal justly and considerately with students; (B) Engage students in the pursuit of truth, knowledge and wisdom and provide access to all points of view without deliberate distortion of content area matter; (C) Nurture in students lifelong respect and compassion for themselves and other human beings regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, social class, disability, religion, or sexual orientation; (D) Foster in students the full understanding, application and preservation of democratic principles and processes; (E) Guide students to acquire the requisite skills and understanding for participatory citizenship and to realize their obligation to be worthy and contributing members of society; (F) Assist students in the formulation of worthy, positive goals; (G) Promote the right and freedom of students to learn, explore ideas, develop critical thinking, problemsolving, and necessary learning skills to acquire the knowledge needed to achieve their full potential; (H) Remain steadfast in guaranteeing equal opportunity for quality education for all students; (I) Maintain the confidentiality of information concerning students obtained in the proper course of the educational process, and dispense such information only when prescribed or directed by federal or state law or professional practice; (J) Create an emotionally and physically safe and healthy learning environment for all students; and (K) Apply discipline promptly, impartially, appropriately and with compassion. (c) Responsibility to the Profession:

(1)The professional educator, in full recognition of his or her obligation to the profession , shall: (A) Conduct himself or herself as a professional realizing that his or her actions reflect directly upon the status and substance of the profession; (B) Uphold the professional educators right to serve effectively; (C) Uphold the principle of academic freedom; (D) Strive to exercise the highest level of professional judgment; (E) Engage in professional learning to promote and implement research-based best educational practices; (F) Assume responsibility for his or her professional development; (G) Encourage the participation of educators in the process of educational decision-making; (H) Promote the employment of only qualified and fully certificated, authorized or permitted educators; (I) Encourage promising, qualified and competent individuals to enter the profession; (J) Maintain the confidentiality of information concerning colleagues and dispense such information only when prescribed or directed by federal or state law or professional practice; (K) Honor professional contracts until fulfillment, release, or dissolution mutually agreed upon by all parties to contract; (L) Create a culture that encourages purposeful collaboration and dialogue among all stakeholders; (M) Promote and maintain ongoing communication among all stakeholders; and (N) Provide effective leadership to ensure continuous focus on student achievement. (d) RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY (1) The professional educator, in full recognition of the public trust vested in the profession, shall: (A) Be cognizant of the influence of educators upon the community-at-large; obey local, state and national laws; (B) Encourage the community to exercise its responsibility to be involved in the formulation of educational policy; (C) Promote the principles and ideals of democratic citizenship; and (D) Endeavor to secure equal educational opportunities for all students. (e) RESPONSIBILITY TO THE STUDENTS FAMILY (1) The professional educator in full recognition of the public trust vested in the profession, shall: (A) Respect the dignity of each family, its culture, customs, and beliefs; (B) Promote, respond, and maintain appropriate communications with the family, staff and administration; (C) Consider the familys concerns and perspectives on issues involving its children; and (D) Encourage participation of the family in the educational process. UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT*

(f ) The professional educator, in full recognition of his or her obligation to the student, shall not: (A) Abuse his or her position as a professional with students for private advantage; (B) Discriminate against students; (C) Sexually or physically harass or abuse students; (D) Emotionally abuse students; or (E) Engage in any misconduct which would put students at risk; and (g) The professional educator, in full recognition of his or her obligation to the profession, shall not: (A) Obtain a certificate, authorization, permit or other credential issued by the state board of education or obtain employment by misrepresentation, forgery or fraud; (B) Accept any gratuity, gift or favor that would impair or influence professional decisions or actions; (C) Misrepresent his, her or anothers professional qualifications or competencies; (D) Sexually, physically or emotionally harass or abuse district employees; (E) Misuse district funds and/or district property; or (F) Engage in any misconduct which would impair his or her ability to serve effectively in the profession; and (h) The professional educator, in full recognition of the public trust vested in the profession, shall not: (A) Exploit the educational institution for personal gain; (B) Be convicted in a court of law of a crime involving moral turpitude or of any crime of such nature that violates such public trust; or (C) Knowingly misrepresent facts or make false statements. * Unprofessional conduct is not limited to the descriptors listed above. When in doubt regarding whether a specific course of action constitutes professional or unprofessional conduct please seek advice from your school district or preparation institution. (i) Code revision This Code shall be reviewed for potential revision concurrently with the revision of the Regulations Concerning State Educator Certificates, Permits and Authorizations, by the Connecticut Advisory Councils for Administrator and Teacher Professional Standards. As a part of such reviews, a process shall be established to receive input and comment from all interested parties. Stefan Pryor 6B-1.006 Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida. (1) The following disciplinary rule shall constitute the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida. (2) Violation of any of these principles shall subject the individual to revocation or suspension of the individual educators certificate, or the other penalties as provided by law.

(3) Obligation to the student requires that the individual: (a) Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the students mental and/ or physical health and/or safety. (b) Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning. (c) Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view. (d) Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a students academic program . (e) Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement. (f) Shall not intentionally violate or deny a students legal rights. (g) Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination. (h) Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage. (i) Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law. (4) Obligation to the public requires that the individual: (a) Shall take reasonable precautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any educational institution or organization with which the individual is affiliated. (b) Shall not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression. (c) Shall not use institutional privileges for personal gain or advantage. (d) Shall accept no gratuity, gift, or favor that might influence professional judgment. (e) Shall offer no gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages. (5) Obligation to the profession of education requires that the individual: (a) Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings. (b) Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization. (c) Shall not interfere with a colleagues exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities. (d) Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individuals performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.

(e) Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague. (f) Shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional judgments of colleagues. (g) Shall not misrepresent ones own professional qualifications. (h) Shall not submit fraudulent information on any document in connection with professional activities. (i) Shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact in ones own or anothers application for a professional position. (j) Shall not withhold information regarding a position from an applicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment. (k) Shall provide upon the request of the certificated individual a written statement of specific reason for recommendations that lead to the denial of increments, significant changes in employment, or termination of employment. (l) Shall not assist entry into or continuance in the profession of any person known to be unqualified in accordance with these Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and other applicable Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules. (m) Shall self-report within forty-eight (48) hours to appropriate authorities (as determined by district) any arrests/charges involving the abuse of a child or the sale and/or possession of a controlled substance. Such notice shall not be considered an admission of guilt nor shall such notice be admissible for any purpose in any proceeding, civil or criminal, administrative or judicial, investigatory or adjudicatory. In addition, shall self-report any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendre for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation within forty-eight (48) hours after the final judgment. When handling sealed and expunged records disclosed under this rule, school districts shall comply with the confidentiality provisions of Sections 943.0585(4)(c) and 943.059(4)(c), Florida Statutes. (n) Shall report to appropriate authorities any known allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 231.28(1), Florida Statutes. (o) Shall seek no reprisal against any individual who has reported any allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 231.28(1), Florida Statutes. (p) Shall comply with the conditions of an order of the Education Practices Commission imposing probation, imposing a fine, or restricting the authorized scope of practice. (q) Shall, as the supervising administrator, cooperate with the Education Practices Commission in monitoring the probation of a subordinate.
Specific Authority 229.053(1), 231.546(2)(b) FS. Law Implemented 231.546(2), 231.28 FS. History New 7-6-82, Amended 12-2083, Formerly 6B-1.06, Amended 8-10-92, 12-29-98.

The Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession

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Introduction
The Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession represent a vision of professional practice. At the heart of a strong and effective teaching profession is a commitment to students and their learning.

Members of the Ontario College of Teachers, in their position of trust, demonstrate responsibility in their relationships with students, parents, guardians, colleagues, educational partners, other professionals, the environment and the public.

The Purposes of the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession are:

to inspire members to reflect and uphold the honour and dignity of the teaching profession to identify the ethical responsibilities and commitments in the teaching profession to guide ethical decisions and actions in the teaching profession to promote public trust and confidence in the teaching profession.

The Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession are:


Care
The ethical standard of Care includes compassion, acceptance, interest and insight for developing students' potential. Members express their commitment to students' well-being and learning through positive influence, professional judgment and empathy in practice.

Respect
Intrinsic to the ethical standard of Respect are trust and fair-mindedness. Members honour human dignity, emotional wellness and cognitive development. In their professional practice, they model respect for spiritual and cultural values, social justice, confidentiality, freedom, democracy and the environment.

Trust
The ethical standard of Trust embodies fairness, openness and honesty. Members' professional relationships with students, colleagues, parents, guardians and the public are based on trust.

Integrity
Honesty, reliability and moral action are embodied in the ethical standard of Integrity . Continual reflection assists members in exercising integrity in their professional commitments and responsibilities.

The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession

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Introduction
The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession provide a framework of principles that describes the knowledge, skills, and values inherent in Ontario's teaching profession. These standards articulate the goals and aspirations of the profession. These standards convey a collective vision of professionalism that guides the daily practices of members of the Ontario College of Teachers.

The Purposes of the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are:

to inspire a shared vision for the teaching profession to identify the values, knowledge and skills that are distinctive to the teaching profession to guide the professional judgment and actions of the teaching profession to promote a common language that fosters an understanding of what it means to be a member of the teaching profession.

The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are:


Commitment to Students and Student Learning
Members are dedicated in their care and commitment to students. They treat students equitably and with respect and are sensitive to factors that influence individual student learning. Members facilitate the development of students as contributing citizens of Canadian society.

Professional Knowledge
Members strive to be current in their professional knowledge and recognize its relationship to practice. They understand and reflect on student development, learning theory, pedagogy,

curriculum, ethics, educational research and related policies and legislation to inform professional judgment in practice.

Professional Practice
Members apply professional knowledge and experience to promote student learning. They use appropriate pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, resources and technology in planning for and responding to the needs of individual students and learning communities. Members refine their professional practice through ongoing inquiry, dialogue and reflection.

Leadership in Learning Communities


Members promote and participate in the creation of collaborative, safe and supportive learning communities. They recognize their shared responsibilities and their leadership roles in order to facilitate student success. Members maintain and uphold the principles of the ethical standards in these learning communities.

Ongoing Professional Learning


Members recognize that a commitment to ongoing professional learning is integral to effective practice and to student learning. Professional practice and self-directed learning are informed by experience, research, collaboration and knowledge.