These are the ethical ideals for Saskatchewan teachers:
- To act at all times in a manner that brings no dishonour to the individual and the teaching profession.
- To act in a manner that respects the collective interests of the profession.
- To make the teaching profession attractive in ideals and practices so that people will desire to enter it.
- To respond unselfishly to colleagues seeking professional assistance.
- To respect the various roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in the educational community.
- To inform an associate before making valid criticism, and inform the associate of the nature of the criticism before referring the criticism of the associate to appropriate officials.
- To support objectively the work of other teachers and evaluate the work of other teachers only at the request of the other teacher or when required by role as a supervisor.
- To strive to be competent in the performance of any teaching services that are undertaken on behalf of students, taking into consideration the context and circumstances for teaching.
- To deal justly, considerately and appropriately with each student.
- To develop teaching practices that recognize and accommodate diversity within the classroom, the school and the community.
- To respect the right of students to form their own judgments based upon knowledge.
- To encourage each student to reach the highest level of individual development.
- To seek to meet the needs of students by designing the most appropriate learning experiences for them.
- To implement the provincial curriculum conscientiously and diligently, taking into account the context for teaching and learning provided by students, the school and the community.
- To be consistent in the implementation and enforcement of school, school system and provincial Ministry responsible for PreK-12 education policies, regulations and rules.
- To render professional service to the best of the individual’s ability.
- To keep the trust under which confidential information is exchanged.
- To keep parents and the school community informed of and appropriately involved in decisions about educational programs.
- To model the fulfilment of social and political responsibilities associated with membership in the community.
- To protect the educational program from exploitation.
- To seek to be aware of the need for changes in local association, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, school, school division and provincial Ministry responsible for PreK-12 education policies and regulations and actively pursue such changes.
These ideals, set by Council, guide:
- The ethical behaviour of Saskatchewan teachers.
- The Federation Executive in decision-making regarding the disposition of complaints.
- The deliberations and judgments of the Federation Professional Ethics Committee.
* It should be noted that throughout the Federation’s documentation related to the Code of Professional Ethics, the terms “member” and “teacher” include all teachers, principals, assistant principals, vice-principals, consultants and other individuals who are members of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation as defined in sections 17(1) and 17(2)(d) of The Teachers’ Federation Act, 2006.