PAEA Learning Community Standards

Thank you for being a part of PAEA’s Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). By joining and using a community, you agree that you have read, understand, and will abide by the following rules and guidelines.

Disclaimer: PAEA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.

Overview and Introduction

The PLCs are a platform used for facilitating learning in a welcoming and inclusive environment for all PA education professionals. These Community Standards serve as a guide for how to communicate within the PLCs. We require all members who engage with these communities to adhere to these guidelines and maintain professional, responsible, and courteous etiquette at all times. Please read the following information carefully.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

PAEA values upholding diversity and inclusion principles, encouraging contributions from those with different perspectives and backgrounds. Community groups are a forum for member discussion and sharing information. Please be accepting of others for their points of view.

Access to Professional Learning Communities

The PLCs are provided as a service to PAEA members. Non-members are vetted community supporters/advocates for PA education and are approved by PAEA community administrators on a case-by-case basis.

Posting Content

  1. Post content in the most appropriate channels.
  2. Use clear headings for the topics. Consider using words that others might search for to find the post.
  3. In public communities, only post content that you would be comfortable having reproduced or shared outside of the community.
    • Never post confidential information.
    • PAEA staff may contact members with a request to repurpose information.
  4. Private communities carry the expectation of confidentiality among the participating members.
    • No information from these groups should be shared publicly by other members of the group.
  5. Do not share others’ personal information (cell phone number, address, etc.) without their express consent.
  6. Do not engage in “trolling,” or posting deliberately disruptive statements meant to hijack comment threads or throw discussion off-track.
  7. Do not post links or comments containing sexually explicit material.
  8. Do not bully your peers; do not post language that is threatening or meant to attack another person.
  9. Do not post spam, link baiting files, or files containing viruses that could damage the operation of other people’s computers or mobile devices.
  10. Community groups may not be used for the furtherance of commercial activity (e.g., the buying and selling of goods and services).
    • Exercise discretion when discussing products. Users are strictly prohibited from selling, advertising, or otherwise promoting for their own profit any products through the PLCs.

Objectionable Content

PAEA has a zero tolerance policy for offensive or illegal content.

Examples of objectionable, cruel, and/or insensitive content include (but are not limited to): harassment, dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, calls for exclusion or segregation, and targeting people based on their personal characteristics.

Examples of graphic content include (but are not limited to): explicit language or imagery, vulgar or lewd speech, and graphic images.

Copyrighted Content and Intellectual Property

Community moderators are able to exercise discretion in reporting copyrighted content to PAEA staff, who may request that it be taken down. Please note that PAEA and other community participants have the right to reproduce postings made to the public community groups.

Do not post any copyrighted material or information without first obtaining permission to do so from the copyright owner, and please credit the content owner/creator when applicable.

Community participants are encouraged to post links to information and journal articles that are accessible from the public domain; however, please consider copyright implications of distributing the full texts (PDFs) of journal articles that are found behind a registration or paywall. Community members may post articles and materials they have authored themselves, so long as the original publication outlet allows this distribution.

Community Management

Community Reporting of Objectionable Content

Members and moderators have the ability to report potentially objectionable content, including advertisers, and/or comments for PAEA staff to review and take action on. Please submit a support case via “My Support Cases” in the navigation bar if you see a posting that you think is not in adherence with PAEA’s community standards and guidelines and PAEA will take appropriate action.

Violation of Community Standards

The consequences for violating our Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person’s history on the platform. For instance, PAEA may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate our policies we may restrict their ability to post or disable their profile.

PAEA Staff Engagement

Staff may contribute to a conversation in the instance that PAEA can provide to support our membership in some way. Staff may also engage in discussions based around their areas of expertise or to provide clarifying information if the opportunity provides itself.

Community Creation Guidelines

New communities can be requested and will be created and approved at the discretion of PAEA staff. Niche topics of discussion or community ideas that do not clearly fit under a broader group are more likely to be approved. To request a new community, submit a support case via “My Support Cases” in the navigation bar and a PAEA staff member will contact you with next steps.

PAEA staff will develop PLCs for volunteer groups and events as necessary.