Ch 16: Legal & Ethical Issues for Minnesota Educators

About This Chapter

Learn about the different legal and ethical issues in education and the state of Minnesota. Use these video lessons and short quizzes to review topics surrounding ethical codes and the rights of teachers, students, and parents.

Legal & Ethical Issues for Minnesota Educators - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains lessons that will help you review the important legal and ethical issues for Minnesota educators. The videos deal with the code of ethical conduct in the teaching profession as well as in Minnesota, in addition to teacher's rights in the classroom as well as student and parents' rights. After completing the lessons, you should be well-versed in the ethics of the teaching profession and able to do the following:

  • Explain the constitutional rights of students and parents in the educational setting
  • Understand the rights of unique populations such as special education and English language learners
  • Discuss the importance of Title IX and gender equity in education
  • Identify student rights as they pertain to discrimination, harassment, privacy, and the confidentiality of student records
  • Teach digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology
  • Define mandated reporting and the role of teachers in recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect
  • Explain considerations for disciplining students with disabilities

Our expert instructors have created engaging video lessons to help you review. The lessons are short and available on any internet connect device so that you can learn on your own time. Print out a transcript of the lesson or use the lesson tags to further your review.

14 Lessons in Chapter 16: Legal & Ethical Issues for Minnesota Educators
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Code of Ethical Conduct in the Teaching Profession

1. Code of Ethical Conduct in the Teaching Profession

Many professions recognize set standards for moral conduct. This lesson examines the code of ethical conduct in the teaching profession and the importance of adhering to that code.

Teachers' Rights in the Classroom

2. Teachers' Rights in the Classroom

As teachers, we often feel that we have lost a lot of our rights when we enter the classroom. However, though our profession comes with certain limitations, we still retain certain rights. In this lesson, we will look at the rights of teachers within the classroom.

Constitutional Rights of Students & Parents in Educational Settings

3. Constitutional Rights of Students & Parents in Educational Settings

As Americans, our government guarantees us certain rights regardless of age, religion, gender, race, and disabilities. In this lesson, we'll discuss some of the rights held by students and parents within a school setting.

Parent & Guardian Rights in Student Education

4. Parent & Guardian Rights in Student Education

Parents and legal guardians have some rights in relation to their children's education. This lesson explores the federal laws that establish basic rights for them in the context of schools that receive public funding.

Special Education Parent & Student Rights

5. Special Education Parent & Student Rights

Special education students and their parents have unique needs. This lesson will explore the rights of special needs students and their parents and will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

English Language Learners' Legal Rights

6. English Language Learners' Legal Rights

The legal system protects English language learners (ELLs) to ensure that schools address their language limitations. This lesson covers the basic rights of ELLs, which have a basis in civil rights.

Title IX & Gender Equity: Definition & Facts

7. Title IX & Gender Equity: Definition & Facts

Many people have heard of Title IX with regards to athletics, but did you know that it goes way beyond just letting girls play sports? In this lesson, we'll examine the scope of Title IX and its impact on education and gender equality.

Student Rights: Discrimination, Harassment & Privacy

8. Student Rights: Discrimination, Harassment & Privacy

Federal legislators have passed laws that ensure the rights of students to be protected against discrimination and harassment. Further, education officials are mandated by law to keep educational records and personal information about students confidential. In this lesson, we will discuss federal legislation that protects student's rights.

Maintaining the Confidentiality of Student Records

9. Maintaining the Confidentiality of Student Records

How do you preserve student records in a way that protects their confidentiality? This article discusses the laws regulating private student information and best practices for compliance.

Digital Citizenship: Teaching Responsible Use of Technology

10. Digital Citizenship: Teaching Responsible Use of Technology

Students become digital citizens at a very young age as they learn to use more digital devices. This lesson provides you with tips and strategies for helping your students become responsible digital citizens.

Mandated Reporting: Definition & Laws

11. Mandated Reporting: Definition & Laws

In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of mandated reporting in child abuse and neglect and compare the laws governing this concept across the states.

The Role of Teachers in Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

12. The Role of Teachers in Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

Child abuse is a serious problem, and teachers have a moral and ethical obligation to help abused children by reporting concerns. This lesson will review your role in recognizing and reporting child abuse.

Failing to Report Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect as a Mandated Reporter

13. Failing to Report Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect as a Mandated Reporter

Federal and state laws have been created which require certain professionals to be mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse. This is a general overview of child abuse reporting requirements and potential consequences of failing to report with an emphasis on education professionals.

Methods & Considerations for Disciplining Students with Disabilities

14. Methods & Considerations for Disciplining Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities have unique needs and disciplining them is no easy task. This lesson will discuss the methods and considerations for disciplining students with disabilities. We will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

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