An Ethics Course for K-12 Educators

By Pamela Christian and Maria A. Pacino.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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In this paper, the authors address developing an ethics curriculum for K-12 school leaders and classroom teachers. The course, offered in a faith-based institution, includes a Christian perspective as well as other points of view for K-12 public schooling. The purpose of the course is to provide K-12 leaders (principals and other administrators) as well as classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for creating ethical/moral instructional environments where all students are able to succeed and achieve their full potential. The authors also discuss the definition of ethical leadership as well as explore the characteristics of morally responsive educational leaders and teachers, and their role and impact on school environments in terms of cultural diversity, equity, and social justice.

Keywords: Ethics and Leadership, Ethics in Teaching and Learning, Ethics and Schooling

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.113-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 210.769KB).

Dr. Pamela Christian

Chair and Professor, Doctoral Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Pamela M. Christian, Ph.D. is Chair and Professor in the Department of Doctoral Studies in Education in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University. She teaches courses on ethics and cultural diversity to both doctoral and undergraduate students. Her research interests include: leadership and mentoring; educational pipeline issues from K-12 and community colleges to higher education; diversity; and ethics.

Dr. Maria A. Pacino

Chair and Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Maria A. Pacino, Ed. D. is Director and Professor of School Library Programs (online) at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to that she was also the Chair of the Department of Advanced Studies in Education. In addition, she teaches other courses in the School of Education at the master’s and doctoral levels. Her research interests include diversity, literacy, and technology. She has presented at national and international conferences and has several publications, including a book, Reflections on Equity, Diversity, and Schooling, published in 2008.