Educators have a visible place in their communities. The choices they make, even when well-intended, can affect their families, jobs, schools and profession. The Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Education Association and Ohio Federation of Teachers offer this series of tip sheets supported by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators and Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators on how to recognize situations which can get good educators in trouble.
#1 - Social Media Tips
Most educators carry smart phones that give them photo, video and texting opportunities and the instant ability to post, like or snap. But these social media opportunities can blur the line between work and personal life.
#2 - Extracurricular Leaders
Athletic coaches, music directors and club advisors make a life-shaping impact on their students, but they also face unique situations. They often spend long hours with students, interact with them outside school and manage public funds. These scenarios present added professional risks.
#3 - Dollars and Sense
The public gives educators a great deal of responsibility to manage public funds. If educators fail to properly manage these funds, even by accident, they can be held personally and professionally liable.
#4 - Drugs and Alcohol
If an educator inappropriately uses alcohol, tobacco or drugs, even outside of school, the educator may be putting his or her license at risk.
#5 - The Top 10 Professional Conduct Concerns
Most educators care about their professional conduct, but they still can make small, avoidable mistakes that lead to larger consequences.
#6 - Testing and Academic Integrity
Educators measure student progress though standardized tests, IEP and ETR goals, and student grades. Accurate reporting is a serious responsibility that can affect students’ academic success. If educators fail to accurately measure and report data, their professional licenses may be at risk.
#7 - Rapback and Applications
Ohio educators and the Ohio Department of Education both play key roles in keeping students safe. The Department plays its part by receiving and reviewing updates on new criminal activity of Ohio educators. Educators do their parts by always disclosing their full criminal histories when they apply for or renew licenses.
Last Modified: 2/21/2019 12:05:53 PM