naeyc core values activity

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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the NAEYC’s Code of Conduct and Statement of Commitment. (Links to an external site.)

You are quickly impressing your lead teacher and director. Your director sees such promise in you that she has asked you to help her prepare for an upcoming staff meeting. Although you are nervous, you are excited for the opportunity and you truly want to impress them!

The director has been made aware that a few policies are not being enforced or were not made clear. She wants you to help her tackle this issue in the upcoming faculty meeting. You have heard a few people complaining about these specific policies, so you are excited to tackle the project. You hope that your contribution to the faculty meeting can help get everyone on the same page.

As you dig into the policies, you begin to realize that some policies aren’t followed because some staff believe these policies do not benefit the children and do not wish to engage with them. You have an ethical responsibility to your colleagues, children, families, and community to advocate against policies that do not benefit the children, so you must carefully consider these policies before presenting at the staff meeting.

Policy #1: Instruction will not change from student to student. All students are to be treated like equals and instructions will not be modified under any circumstances. Often times in life accommodations aren’t made and we want to set our children up for success.

Policy #2: On water day, each kid must have a pair of water shoes that are rubber bottoms and purchased by the parents. If the child does not have them, they are not allowed to engage with water play and must remain in the classroom while their peers are outside.

Before you write your response, make sure to review Chapter 10 of the Gadzikowski (2013) text, in regards to advocacy and the NAEYC Code of Conduct and Statement of Commitment to be clear on your obligations as an early childhood professional. In your discussion, answer the following questions for both policies individually:

  • Making ethical decisions isn’t only about you – it’s about the students you impact also it promotes positive modeling of good behavior for your students and colleagues. Ethical behavior also can be demonstrated in how you respond and interact with others, in your communication, both in your verbal and non-verbal behaviors.Before you write your response, make sure to review Chapter 10 in regards to advocacy and the NAEYC Code of Conduct to be clear on your obligations as an Early Childhood professional. In your discussion, answer the following questions for both policies individually:
    • Is this policy ethical? Why or why not?
      • Instructor Tip: Make sure that you describe what about the policy IS or IS NOT ethical. Be specific. Feel free to cite a source to support your ideas.
    • If it is ethical, how will you get all staff on the same page and begin to enforce the policy? Be specific and consider revising the policy slightly to get more staff “buy in”.
      • Instructor Tip: Staff members work as a team. If one is not on board, it impacts how the team functions. How will you get your team on board? What methods will you use to communicate and educate about the policy.
    • If it is not ethical, how do you plan to be an advocate? Be specific with your step by step approach and address who you will contact and a plan to bring awareness.
      • Instructor Tip: What will your first step be? Who will you contact? How will you let your staff know about this issue? How will you resolve it?
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As you dig into the policies, you begin to realize that some policies aren’t followed because some staff believe these policies do not benefit the children and do not wish to engage with them. You have an ethical responsibility to your colleagues, children, families, and community to advocate for policies that do not benefit the children, so you must carefully consider these policies before presenting at the staff meeting.

In addition to the NAEYC policies, there are code of ethics put forth by the Association of American Educators. You will also want to peruse the website so that you have more information to share when you approach these discussion questions.

https://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/about-us/aae-code-of-ethics

Here are some additional resources to help you make ethical desicions

https://www.g-casa.com/conferences/bangkok14/papers/Tyler.pdf (Links to an external site.)
https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1138586.pdf (Links to an external site.)
http://library.tedankara.k12.tr/IB2010Toplanti/Ethicaldescisonmakinginschools.pdf