Ethical Fitness® Seminar

Our four-hour or full-day Ethical Fitness Seminar helps provide educators with the tools and confidence required to resolve tough, values-based dilemmas. Hundreds of people connected to schools–including students, teachers, adjunct personnel, and administrators–are using the Institute’s dynamic decision-making model to improve the way they live their lives and do their work.


Ethics involves the study of standards relating to right and wrong. Ethics is about what we "ought" to do. Ethical dilemmas occur when two choices--each of which appears to be right--come into conflict. We call these right-versus-right dilemmas, and our research shows that all of us face them all of the time, at home and at work:

  • Should I tell on a friend or say nothing and remain loyal?
  • Should I sacrifice my own needs for the needs of the larger group?
  • Should I always do what the rule says, or are there exceptions that ought to be made?

The Ethical Fitness Seminar is designed to assist in laying the conceptual groundwork for understanding and resolving the tough right-versus-right issues that face each of us every day. It provides participants with a language of ethics and opens their eyes to the rich ethical fabric of the world around them.

Goals of the Ethical Fitness Seminar

  • To cultivate an awareness that sound ethics is essential for survival in the twenty-first century
  • To provide a language for talking about ethics and to encourage discussion of ethical issues
  • To provide practical experience in negotiating a set of values that reflects a group's common ethical ground
  • To promote Ethical Fitness by providing practical tools to use in dealing with difficult dilemmas

Intended Learning Outcomes

As a result of this seminar, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the changing role of ethics in a technologically driven world
  • Use ethics terminology in a clear and consistent manner
  • Broaden their understanding of the difference between right and wrong and the concept of right-versus-right ethical dilemmas
  • Analyze right-versus-right dilemmas using four paradigms and develop an ability to resolve them using three decision principles