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The Professional Standards and Practices Commission (“PSPC”) has worked with PLS 3rd Learning to develop an online training that will satisfy, in part, the mandatory training requirements set forth in Act 126. The three-hour online course entitled, “Professional Ethics and the Educator Discipline Act”, consists of four modules which are designed respectively to: (1) provide an overview of the laws and regulations that govern the standards of conduct for educators in Pennsylvania and the legal processes for addressing misconduct by educators, including the types of conduct that can trigger discipline under the Educator Discipline Act and the consequences for engaging in misconduct; (2) discuss the student-teacher relationship, including strategies for setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries and the educator’s responsibilities as a role model; (3) examine the concept of educator sexual misconduct, including the legal definition of sexual misconduct, the warning signs of sexual misconduct, offender and victim profiles, the reasons sexual misconduct occurs and prevention strategies; and (4) address the legal and ethical responsibilities to report educator misconduct, including an overview of mandatory reporting requirements under the Educator Discipline Act, how to make a report, protections for those who report and the consequences for failing to report.
The course is available on the Department of Education’s SAS Portal. There is no charge for the course. Participants who do not have a SAS account must first register for one by visiting http://pdesas.org. To register for the course, participants must log into the SAS PD center http://pdc.pdesas.org and then click on “Course Catalog/Registration” under the menu button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. The course is listed under the “Non-Facilitated” tab. When registering for the course, participants will choose a track specific to their role (i.e. teacher, chief school administrator or staff member). All participants will receive a certificate of completion. Educators holding Pennsylvania certification will receive Act 48 credit. A brief assessment will be given at the end of the course. All content must be viewed prior to taking the assessment and receiving a certificate.
Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting Training (ACTS 31 and 126):
This free three-hour online course provides information on the recognition of child maltreatment, the obligation or opportunity to report child maltreatment, and the procedures for making a report of child maltreatment.
The course is approved for three continuing education credit hours and has been approved by the PA Department of Human Services and Department of State to meet mandated reporting (Act 31) training requirements. Additionally, the course meets credit requirements for Act 126 (child abuse recognition and reporting).
The overall learning objectives are for the participant to:
√ Identify the infrastructure for protecting children from abuse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; √ Identify the expanded legal definition of Child Abuse according to Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law; √ Recognize potential indicators of child abuse; √ Determine when to report suspected child abuse; √ Describe the roles, rights, and responsibilities of mandated and permissive reporters of suspected child abuse; √ Recognize the process that follows after a report is made; √ Self-identify as a mandated or permissive reporter; and √ Follow the process for reporting suspected child abuse.
How to Access the Online Training:
- Go to www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu. (If you have not previously registered, please click the “Registration” link at the top of page).
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