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Private School Faculty Examines How Better To Model Ethical Values To Students and To Each Other
Educators at Church Farm School pledge to consistently apply shared ethical values in own lives and toward colleagues
Located in Exton, near Philadelphia, CFS is a boarding and day school for 190 boys, grades 7 through 12. Members of the student body come from across the U.S. and several foreign countries.
Don Proffit, IGE’s Ethical Literacy® coach who helps guide the school in the ethical decision-making process, said the dialogue session was prompted by faculty members’ concerns that, “as they continued to uncover the layers in the culture of the school, they began to realize that it was important also to uncover and understand discrepancies, perceived or real, in consistently upholding the shared core values of the school as a faculty.”
Proffit points out that the school is right on track. “They’re asking the right questions about their culture and values, especially how they can communicate ethics with a fearlessness or moral courage to each other with open and honest feedback, while looking for ways to help and counsel each other.”
The full-faculty session is part of the IGE on-going ethics initiative at CFS spearheaded on site by Doug Magee, faculty member and ethics team leader. The session was led by Mr. Proffit using ‘The ‘World Café’ methodology, originated by the World Café Community Foundation, for engaging people in conversations that matter. “The process definitely helped us to sharpen our common purpose as educators,” remarked Magee.
According to CFS Head of School, The Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill, “The professional and personal engagement at the meeting in discussing our goals and the character by which we wish to achieve these is indispensible in the modern educational era. All of us are busy trying to accomplish noble things, and sometimes we lose sight of the forest for the trees, yet I believe we left the meeting with a renewed sense of purpose and collegiality we have not felt in a long time.”
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