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Webinar to Discuss Need for Teacher Candidates to Understand Legal, Ethical Expectations

AACTE will host an interactive webinar next week discussing the intersection of educator dispositions, ethics, and law—and how teacher educators can assist their candidates in navigating the broad range of gray areas that they will face as professionals. Please join us!

Beyond the Obvious: The Intersection of Educator Dispositions, Ethics, and Law

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Teaching is a highly nuanced and complex profession that is filled with professional risks and vulnerabilities—especially, ironically, for the most caring of educators. By teaching and assessing professional dispositions, educator preparation programs provide an essential framework of common values to teacher candidates. But dispositions may not suffice to inform the multitude of daily decisions teachers must make in the fast-paced schooling environment—an environment in which there is little social distance, and teachers are often expected to take on roles commonly filled by parents, counselors, or others.

Through an authentic case study, research, and models of understanding, the presenters of this webinar will make the case that in order to mitigate professional risks for the practitioner, we must work toward providing an intentional and sustained focus on not only professional dispositions, but also professional ethics and the statutes that govern an educator’s license.



David Thompson is professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Thompson is a sought-after professional development speaker on legal and ethical issues facing educators and an experienced expert witness in cases involving standards of care for educators. He has been a public school and university teacher, coach, and administrator and has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications, including Professional Responsibility for Educators and the Texas Code of Ethics. Thompson currently serves on the executive board of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration and is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators Higher Education Committee and Leadership Center Advisory Board.


Troy Hutchings is senior strategic adviser for educator ethics at Educational Testing Service. Hutchings researches, writes, speaks, and develops materials on a national level in the areas of professional ethics, educator misconduct, educator decision-making, and the professional continuum of responsibility associated with a framework for an ethical and legal teaching practice. He has served as a subject matter expert on projects including the Model Code of Ethics for Educators, Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment, National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics, and national resources such as The Good Teacher and ProEthica. Hutchings previously held full-time teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities at the university and high school levels.

The webinar will include time for Q & A. It also will be recorded and posted in the AACTE Resource Library for future reference.

Registration is required but free of charge. Click here to register.

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