Preparing Preservice Educators in Ethical Decision Making Using Innovative Strategies and Assessments

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

As gatekeepers at the entry point to the teaching workforce, educator preparation providers (EPPs) bear a critical responsibility for developing preservice candidates' content competency, pedagogical expertise, and professional dispositions. In addition, new teachers must be equipped with an understanding of the ethical and regulatory frameworks that should inform their professional decision making.

Educators' work is highly nuanced, involving complex relationships with students, colleagues, and other members of the school community. To prepare new teachers to navigate these complexities, EPPs and their partners can develop candidates' understanding of their domain of professional responsibility, their professional and personal boundaries, and the risks and vulnerabilities inherent in their work.

In this interactive webinar, educators from Georgia will share how their state's EPPs have worked to do just that. Learn how they incorporated an interactive, prevention-focused assessment in their curriculum and used resulting data to inform program improvements in this emerging–and important– area for educator development.


  • Anne Marie Fenton, Director, Assessment, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Sarah Hallstein, Teacher, Glenwood Primary School, Rome, Georgia
  • Edward Hill, Dean and Associate Professor, College of Education, Fort Valley State University
  • Troy Hutchings, Senior Strategic Advisor - Educator Ethics, Educational Testing Service
  • Jack Parish, Associate Dean, Outreach and Engagement, College of Education, University of Georgia
  • Francis Roe, Director of Field Experiences and Clinical Practice, Charter School of Education and Human Sciences, Berry College
  • Paul Shaw, Division Director, Ethics, Georgia Professional Standards Commission


Anne Marie Fenton 
Formerly in higher education and public schools, Anne Marie Fenton directs the assessment program for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She is the co-chair of the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics, and serves on the executive board of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) as the southern regional director. She chaired the NASDTEC Model Code of Ethics for Educators Steering Committee, and co-facilitated the NASDTEC Model Code of Ethics development. 

Sarah Hallstein
Sarah Hallstein is a first year PK teacher at Glenwood Primary School in Rome, Georgia. She is a 2015 graduate from the teacher education program at Berry College where she majored in early childhood education. 

Edward Louis Hill, Jr., Ed.D
Dr. Edward Hill serves as the dean and associate professor in the College of Education at Fort Valley State University (FVSU) where he was formerly the dean of Graduate Studies Education. He has also served as an assistant professor and program director at Georgia College and State University. 

Troy Hutchings, Ed.D.
Dr. Troy Hutchings is senior strategic advisor at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ, where he provides thought-leadership to research initiatives and practical applications in educator ethics. He researches, writes, and speaks in the areas of teacher sexual misconduct with students, educator decision-making, and developing a framework for an ethical and legal teaching practice. He provides training to numerous stakeholders including state and national policy groups, legal and investigative practitioner organizations, teacher education groups, school district administrators and teachers, state teacher associations, department of education leaders, and licensing officials across the United States and Canada. 

Jack Parish, Ed.D.
Dr. Jack Parish serves as the associate dean for Outreach and Engagement in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Parish’s faculty appointment is clinical associate professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. He has served as a high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant personnel director, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Association.

Francis Roe
Francis Roe is director of field experiences and clinical practice in the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, as well as assistant clinical professor in the teacher education department. She has served as director for three years, from 2013 to the present. Her research focuses on beginning teachers’ instructional practices after graduation.

Paul Shaw, Ed.D
Dr. Paul Shaw has served as the director of Educator Ethics at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for the past four and a half years. In addition, he teaches higher education courses on ethics currently at Kennesaw State University and formerly at Piedmont College. He has also served as a superintendent in Georgia and South Carolina. He was superintendent of the year in South Carolina in 2000 and superintendent of the year in Georgia in 2010.  

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