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September 2010

September 2010, Issue 50

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:

New premium research service for you

You can now electronically access up-to-date, premium content in any subject area, like classroom management, leadership, learning styles and English as a second language.

The College’s Margaret Wilson Library now provides direct access for you to EBSCO, the world’s foremost research database service. Full-text articles are at your fingertips anytime of the day or night from anywhere free – for College members.

“It’s a great new service for you,” says College library technician Olivia Hamilton. “You can search for virtually any subject and find material 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You’ve been asking for direct access to journal articles and we’re delighted to provide it for you.”

Previously, you had to e-mail a request to the College. Now, you just log in to the Members’ Area and get immediate access to over 8,000 full-text journals, 700 full-text newspapers and 317,000 full-text education documents.

If you’re keen to read the latest issues of magazines or journals, you can create an account with EBSCO and receive alerts for new issues.

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Resource guide for teacher assignments in Ontario schools

Whether you’re a teacher, principal or supervisory officer, you’ll find the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Assignment in Ontario Schools: A Resource Guide is a handy and practical reference.

The guide provides you with updated information and it’s a plain-language reference for all those involved in the assignment of teachers to teaching positions in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. You’ll learn when teacher assignments require mutual agreement and when a Temporary Letter of Approval (TLA) must be obtained.

The responsibility for granting a TLA was transferred from the Ontario College of Teachers to the Ministry of Education in May 2010.

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Interactive 2009 College annual report profiles Ontario teachers

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 Building for the Future, our 2009 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 annual report also provides you with our review of Council and College activities, committee reports for 2009, and resources.

The interactive online report is a timely, environmentally responsible and cost-effec¬tive way for the College to provide you, stakeholders, the public and the media access to current information on the teaching profession.

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Your membership card can provide you with discounts at stores and attractions throughout Ontario.

More Great Discounts for OCTs

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

Recent examples include:

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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