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June 2009

June 2009, Issue 46

Your College and You

Thank you for your interest in receiving breaking news and professional information from the Ontario College of Teachers.

In this Issue:

2008 College Annual Report Provides Rich Statistical Picture of Ontario's Teaching Profession

Where in the world do College members come from? How are they qualified? What are the most popular College-accredited courses our members take for their professional development?

Visit Professionalism in Teaching, our 2008 online annual report, and find a rich and broad statistical picture of Ontario's teaching profession.

With just the click of a mouse, the College's expanded statistical information gives you access to detailed information regarding teachers in the province – key demographic data, teacher qualifications, and where and how Ontario teachers are educated.

Our new in-depth statistical information gives our stakeholders access to historical trends that may help support their staffing plans.

The College's annual report also provides you with video-recorded messages from Council Chair Don Cattani and former Registrar Brian McGowan, committee reports, and resources.

The interactive online report is a timely, environmentally responsible and cost-effec­tive way for the College to provide our stakeholders, members of the public and the media access to current information on the teaching profession.

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New Induction Resources Available

New teachers adapt to the classroom better if they're part of a well developed induction program. If you play a role in such a program at your school, we have a resource you'll find useful.

Learning from Experience - Supporting Beginning Teachers and Mentors is a series of five booklets that the College developed in partnership with Brock University and six district school boards - Grand Erie, Halton, Halton Catholic, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic, Niagara and Niagara Catholic.

The five booklets include a facilitator's guide, and explore how to use concrete experiences for learning and reflection. They also explore professional practice through vignettes and how teachers can use the standards to enhance their profession practice.  One booklet presents a summary of key insights derived from the project.

"New and experienced teachers were active in identifying standards-based experiences that we think will be very effective in making the most of a new teacher's first year in front of a classroom," says Deirdre Smith, Manager of Standards of Practice and Education.

The activities featured in the booklets reflect both the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession.

"The College values opportunities such as this one to work with education partners to enhance the teaching profession," said Nick Forte, chair of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee. "The co-operation, sharing and commitment to quality teaching illustrates the profession's ethical and practice standards."

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Michael Salvatori - the College's New Registrar and CEO

Michael Salvatori is the new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the teaching profession's self-governing body.

The North Bay-born teacher, who was the College's Director of Membership Services from 2005 to 2008, took up his responsibilities on June 1.

Salvatori initially came to the College from the London Catholic District School Board where he worked as a vice-principal and principal and taught at both the elementary and secondary levels. He taught core French, French immersion and German, and is the author or co-author of numerous French textbooks and teacher resources. He has also taught in France and Italy.

In addition to leading the College's member registry, credential evaluation and services functions, he has experience in the College's accreditation of teacher education programs.

Salvatori, who is 42, earned his PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, taught at Glendon College of York University and was jointly appointed to the Faculty of Education and the Department of French Studies.

Michael Salvatori's teaching qualifications are listed on the College web site along with those of all other Ontario certified teachers at Find a Teacher. His registration number is 200020.

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Your Library - Books, Videos...and Much, Much More

What's your interest? Curriculum development and assessment, pre-service and in-service training, standards of practice, learning styles, special education, mentoring?

We have extensive materials on all those topics and many more… and College members can access our full range of services from anywhere in Ontario.

To access services exclusive to members, sign in to the Members' Area. We're here to support your professional development.

Search our online catalogue of more than 7,000 items after you're logged in and you can request books and videos from the search results page. They'll be in the mail to you within 24 hours, sent directly to your home or school address – free of charge. You can even mail books back to us postage-free.

E-mail library@oct.ca to request a literature search. We'll search full-text databases through ProQuest and e-mail you the articles.

Visit in person and you have in-house access to:

  • full text databases, including Canadian Newsstand, CBCA Education, Proquest Education Journals and Research Library 
  • decisions of the Discipline Committee
  • about 200 professional journals in paper copy
  • government documents, including Ontario curriculum documents and Statistics Canada publications
  • newspapers, both in print form and online several work stations with Internet access.

More information regarding the library and its resources or e-mail library@oct.ca.

Olivia Hamilton
Ontario College of Teachers
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Your membership card can provide you with discounts at stores and attractions throughout Ontario.

New Additions to Member Discounts

The list of organizations offering free admission and discounts across Ontario keeps growing.

Recent examples include the Children's French Bookstore, Rogers Cup Women's Tennis Championship and the Shaw Festival.

Your membership card provides proof that you are a professional teacher licensed to teach in Ontario's publicly funded schools.

Be sure to show your card when you're purchasing supplies or visiting major attractions. Many book sellers, museums, zoos and office supply stores provide discounts to teachers.

For a complete list of organizations that offer discounts to members, see www.oct.ca.

If you visit an attraction that's not on our discount list, you might ask them to consider participating in our discount program. Organizations can e-mail discounts@oct.ca for more information.

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