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Issue 14

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In this Issue:

  • Standards Review: What Does It Mean to be a Teacher?
  • College Council Launches Review on College Governance
  • Elementary Teachers' Opportunity

Standards Review: What Does It Mean to be a Teacher?

Whether inspiring young people or helping them achieve their potential, you and your colleagues use professional standards to guide your practice. Standards are a mirror of what you do every day: your interest toward students, your ability to respond to their needs, understand their capabilities, their challenges and to acknowledge their unique way of learning.

Four years after the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession were developed, the Ontario College of Teachers is reviewing them to ensure that they accurately describe "what it means to be a teacher in Ontario."

The five standards of practice focus on commitment to students and student learning, professional knowledge, teaching practice, leadership and community and ongoing professional learning

The ethical standards describe the professional values and ethical responsibilities central to the profession.

The College invites you to participate in the review of the standards by completing this short questionnaire.

Depending on your exposure to the standards, you may want to review the documents Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession prior to responding to the questionnaire.

By sharing your experience in relation to the standards you help us to clearly describe the knowl