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Model Student Ethics Program in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Launched in 2001 in local public high schools, the Model Ethics Course Adobe Reader, designed and implemented by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, encourages students to analyze ethical dilemmas through examining real-life examples of ethical misconduct and acting out role-plays.

Various scenarios are used in mock Ethics Commission hearings, with students taking on different roles, thus realizing the difficulty associated with ethical decision-making. The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, a constitutional, independent county agency, aims to restore public confidence in local government through education, training and community outreach.

The Model Ethics Course has provided 240 sessions to 61 schools (public and private) and organizations such as "Do the Right Thing" and "Women of Tomorrow" from 2001-2008.

The program is also recognized in Transparency International's 2004 Special Edition Corruption Fighters Tool Kit dedicated to youth anti-corruption education. The Ethics Commission is scheduled to deliver the program in more public, private and charter schools in 2012-2013.

If you are interested in the Model Student Ethics Program, contact our office at 305-579-2594.


This program is designed to teach and to engage students in the policies and issues concerning ethics, good governance and accountability in the administration of government.

Students will review case studies regarding ethical dilemmas, identify solutions to various issues within the local to international arenas and participate in mock public commission hearings to discuss/debate public policy issues and to resolve ethical dilemmas. Ultimately, students are equipped with the capacity to recognize and to apply different approaches to ethical decision-making.


Teach students:

  • The process of resolving ethical dilemmas;
  • The elements of critical and analytical thinking, and how to apply them in daily life;
  • The art of negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution and consensus building skills (through Mock Public Hearings).
  • Provide students with the capacity to recognize and to apply different approaches to ethical decision-making.

Program Structure

The project consist of eight modules [8] delivered in eight months. The Ethics Commission administers the program through the social science/government classes needs of your organization, twice a month, thus four hours per month of instruction.

During each program, five [5] students, through random selection, are appointed to serve as members of the Ethics Commission for the entire module. In addition, other students are randomly selected to participate in the case studies, which involve role- playing (public hearing before the Ethics commission), discussion/debate and a decision being rendered by the Ethics Commission.

Note: The program can be adjusted to fit the needs of your organization.

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Model Student Ethics Program

If you are interested in the Model Student Ethics Program, contact our office at 305-579-2594.

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