Forcing Actions Beyond Words

Type: Article
Topics: Ethics, School Administrator Magazine

June 01, 2024

Ethical Educator

Scenario: A state superintendent association convened a committee that spent several years leading an initiative to promote greater diversity in school district staffing and greater equity in addressing needs of historically marginalized groups of students. A female member of the diversity and equity committee learns the association’s executive committee — made up almost exclusively of white superintendents — has selected a white suburban superintendent to replace the long-time association executive who is retiring. How should the superintendent respond to the dissonance between the association’s words and deeds in making this appointment?

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The Ethical Educator panel consists of 

  • Sheldon H. Berman, author of Implementing Social-Emotional Learning: Insights from School Districts’ Successes and Setbacks.
  • Roark Horn, the Pomerantz endowed professor in educational excellence, University of Northern Iowa;
  • Baron Davis, CEO and founder, The Neogenesis Group, Columbia, S.C.; and 
  • Maria G. Ott, Irving R. and Virginia A. Melbo chair in education administration, University of Southern California.

Each month, School Administrator draws on actual circumstances to raise an ethical decision-making dilemma in K-12 education. Our distinguished panelists provide their own resolutions to each dilemma.

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