Educator Ethics Training for your District

Educator Ethics Professional Development Series with David Thompson

Be proactive in 2017. Provide your staff with crucial professional development to successfully navigate the complex code of Texas educator ethics.

Legal Digest has teamed up with respected educator, author and speaker, David Thompson, for a series on Texas educator ethics. Choose from topics below, and customize an on-site professional development day with your team.

Register Your District Today:

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Booking Fee: $3,300/per day.


About the Speaker:

David P. Thompson is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio. David is in his 28th year in public education, and has authored or co-authored 100 publications including Professional Responsibility for Educators and the Texas Code of Ethics (2nd ed.)



Choose from the Following Topics: Each topic is a minimum of 75 minutes.

Understanding and applying the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics: This session provides the learner with a thorough introduction to the Texas Educators Code of Ethics (ECE), covering its origin, standards, and enforcement. Through the use of interactive technology, real-life examples, and case scenarios, this fast-moving and interactive session will provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the expectations of the ECE.

Considerations in Ethical Decision-making/Tackling Ethical Issues Facing 21st Century Educators: This interactive session provides the learner the opportunity to grapple with real-life ethical dilemmas facing educators. Applying a wide variety of ethical concepts, including recent concepts in behavioral ethics, this session will provide the learner with a toolbox of applied ethical concepts to guide decision-making in schools.

Social Media & The Texas Educator: Keeping it Smart with Your Smartphone: This interactive session focuses exclusively on educator use of social media, focusing on the requirements of Standard 3.9 of the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics, examining educators’ use of social media both inside and outside the context of gaining access to students for misconduct, balancing educators’ First Amendment rights against the use of social media, and providing common-sense guidelines for educators when using social media.

Educator Ethics: Keeping it Chilled (Anger Management): This interactive and scenario-based session will examining the sources and components of stress facing 21st Century educators, including accountability and social media; how educators can permit these stressors to affect their work; the intersection of anger management with the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics, and practical strategies that educators can use to minimize the effects of stress.

Educator Off-campus Conduct: This interactive and scenario-based session explores the rights of educators when engaging in off-campus conduct and how this conduct may intersect with and affect educators’ abilities to discharge their teaching duties. Highlighting examples from court cases and administrative decisions involving Texas educators, educators will come away from this session with useful practical guidance that illuminates both rights and responsibilities for off-campus conduct.

Inappropriate Relationships with Students: Leading on Behalf of Kids: Designed for both formal and informal school leaders, this interactive session focused on what leaders need to know about the leadership implications of inappropriate educator-student relationships. Topics covered in this session include the importance of strong leadership on behalf of students, child abuse reporting, getting it right with social media, sexual grooming of children, ethical decision-making, and practical steps for leaders to employ when confronted with an accusation of an inappropriate-educator relationship.

Ethical Leadership: Beyond the Obvious (Ethics of instruction, expectations, and communication: Moving beyond the obvious ethical issues involving the profession, colleagues, and students, this scenario-based, interactive, and entertaining session employs time-honored and recent ethical concepts to examine issues of ethics in instruction, student expectations, and communication.