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Substitute Teaching, Survival Tips and Educator Ethics, EDL 900

Instructors: Nancy Triplett, Ann Zweber Werner & Brad Williams

Topics: Teacher Inquiry, Instructional Strategies & Administrative/Leadership
Audiences: Specialist/Counselors & Pre K-12

Serving as a substitute teacher can be one of the most challenging roles in a school system. This course is intended for substitute teachers, host teachers, and their schools, describing basic knowledge, skills, and tools to help assure a positive experience no matter the circumstances encountered. This course also addresses educator ethics, providing a review of the codes of ethics for teachers and administrators and statutes governing ethical practices for educators. In addition, it provides information on how the disciplinary process works and a review of the role professional organizations play in assisting educators when an alleged violation is filed.

One-credit course expectations:

The learner's participation for one credit will be verified by:

  1. Completing the two categories of written assignments.
    1. At the end of each layer the learner will submit a few well written but concise remarks to address the layer's content.
    2. A one page summary reflection that is written upon completion of all of the modules incorporated in the selected UND course. End of Course Reflective Statement Requirements are provided. The final reflection must be sent as an attachment to the instructor of record at
  2. Checking the time stamp in the module indicating the amount of time the student spent studying the contents of the module.

Two-credit course expectations:

  1. The learner must complete one or more Authentic Practice Sets completing a minimum of 15 hours of additional work, beyond the requirements for the first credit, for a total of at least 30 hours for two credits.
    1. The additional 15 additional hours is focused on preparation of a portfolio exhibit that documents the design, implementation, and appraisal of an Authentic Practice Set applied to the content of the course.

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About Your Instructors

Nancy Triplett Nancy Triplett

Nancy Triplett developed her expertise in the area of educator ethics over the past three decades, having served in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office for 20 years working in the area of educator misconduct investigations.

In 1999, she accepted a newly created position with the Minnesota Board of Teaching and worked until her retirement in 2010 as the teacher ethics specialist for the board. In that capacity, she investigated complaints against licensed educators, helped develop legislation regarding teacher conduct issues, and provided advice and assistance to school district personnel, law enforcement authorities, other state licensing boards in Minnesota, educator licensing boards in other states, and legal counsel for districts and educators. During her tenure, she was responsible for handling every teacher ethics complaint filed with the board, which is the licensing authority for all teachers in Minnesota.

Ann Zweber Werner Ann Zweber Werner

Ann Zweber Werner, PhD, is the founder of Whitewater Learning®. Prior to formally immersing herself in the creation of e-education for educators, she served as director of Licensing and Leadership Development for Educational Administrators at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2010. The university hired her after completing 22 years as a principal in urban and suburban schools at the junior and high school levels and in the district office. Her schools ranged in size from 400 to 2,800 students. She was an original member of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA). Prior to and during that appointment, she worked closely with code of ethics issues through BOSA and the Minnesota Department of Education.

Brad Williams Brad Williams

Brad Williams serves as a general and special education teacher at Cramer Junior High in Essexville, Michigan. He received his bachelor's in elementary education from Michigan State University in 1992; that same year, his career began as a special education teacher with Bay City Public Schools in Bay City, Michigan. He earned his master's in counseling from Central Michigan University in 2003. In addition to teaching, Williams has many interests and career extensions, including counseling couples and families, having been trained as both a Marriage & Family and an Individual counselor; teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan; and serving as Pastor of First Light Bible Church in Essexville, Michigan.

One of his great passions and avocations is writing. He has authored several published works. Williams also enjoys conducting workshops on a variety of topics in education, as well as faith-based topics.

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