“Ethics Matters a Moment of Truth”

“To act ethically is to exercise choice which ends in right action. Virtue is the cause of right choices.”
MacIntyre, 1981 Most of us have ideas about “right” and “wrong.” How often do we think about ethical behavior and how it affects our work? What do you do when faced with an ethical dilemma involving a child, a parent, or another colleague? Often, “the right answer” is NOT obvious. There may be confusion because one solution may contradict another solution. When faced with such dilemmas, it is our professional responsibility to resolve the issue.


This workshop is designed to help teachers, administrators, families, and other caregivers resolve ethical dilemmas that may affect their credentials, as well as their personal and professional lives.


  • Ethical responsibilities to children
  • Ethical responsibilities to families
  • Ethical responsibilities to colleagues
  • Ethical responsibilities to community and society


  • Define ethical behavior
  • Identify and discuss the common ethical
    standards that are important in early childhood education
  • Develop and apply a template that can be used to solve ethical dilemmas in the school and community
  • Recognize unethical situations that may
    occur in the workplace and in the community

About Presenter:

Rufus Johnson, Ed. D., a retired educator, has devoted more than 40 years of his life to educating young people in the public schools, colleges and universities, and young people detained in the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. He has extensive experience in working with youth in both general education as well as students with disabilities. His recent activities include facilitating the Strategic Planning process for the Department of Juvenile Justice, working with teachers pursuing certification, and coordinating the Georgia DJJ through AdvancED / Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process.
Dr. Johnson received his B.A. degree in English and the Master of Arts degree in English Education from Mercer University (Macon, GA), the Education Specialist degree in School Leadership from Georgia State University, and the Doctor of Education degree in School Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). While employed in the Macon-Bibb County School System, he rose through the ranks as a substitute teacher, certified classroom teacher and supervising principal for 21 years emerging as a student advocate and parent supporter. He then spent three years working throughout the state where he helped develop curriculums and workshops teaching others about the importance of Character Education and practicing good social skills in the home, at school, the community, and in the workplace.
“Ethics is to know the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”
“Just do Right”