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April 2007

April 2007, Issue 34

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 teachers connect with experienced teachers via the Teachers' Network.

Teachers' Network Now Available

The Teachers' Network has been created to help internationally educated teachers (IETs) develop teaching contacts within Ontario, whether to find a job, learn about classroom management or locate educational resources.

While the Teachers' Network is geared mainly to IETs, any new member of the College who is in good standing can communicate with experienced colleagues - at school, at home and any time.

The Teachers' Network consists of two parts:

  • experienced members volunteering to network with someone
  • new members searching for someone to network with.

Teachers' Network Volunteers

As a Teachers' Network volunteer, you are offering to act as a contact for new teachers wishing to network with you. Initially you will provide an e-mail address. The College will then forward the first contact e-mail to you from a member wishing to participate. Someone who wishes to contact you will see only your name and not your address - giving you complete privacy. You may decide later to continue via e-mail, by phone or in person.

Simply sign into the Members' Area, choose Teachers' Network and click Sign Up as a Volunteer. Make your selections and click Save.

New Member?
Want to Network with One of Our Experienced Teachers?

The Teachers' Network is your opportunity to connect with other teachers across the province. Need some assistance in locating lesson plans, planning tips or ideas for working with parents? The network is your opportunity to talk with colleagues who can offer support and save you time and effort.

Simply sign into the Members' Area, choose Teachers' Network and click Search for a Volunteer. Make your selections and click Search.

If experienced teachers are available in the categories you have chosen, you will see a list of names with e-mail links. Click on the e-mail link for the person you wish to contact, complete the form and hit Send. It is then up to the volunteer to get in touch with you, at which point the two of you can decide how to make contact.

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Lise Roy-Kolbusz has been appointed Deputy Registrar of the College.

Council Names New Deputy Registrar

The College Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Lise Roy-Kolbusz to the post of Deputy Registrar of the College.

Roy-Kolbusz joined the College in September 2005 as Co-ordinator, French-Language Services and has been acting Deputy Registrar since October 2006. Roy-Kolbusz's permanent appointment took affect March 1.

The Deputy Registrar acts as Registrar when Brian McGowan is absent and shares in the leadership, outreach and administrative duties.

Roy-Kolbusz will continue to serve in an acting capacity as the co-ordinator of the College's French-Language Services Department.

Lise Roy-Kolbusz has 30 years experience as a teacher and administrator at the primary and secondary school level where she taught French as a Second Language.

She came to the College from the Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est, where she was Superintendent of Education. From 1985 to 2001, she taught French as a Second Language and French immersion and served as a vice-principal and principal with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic District School Board.

She holds a Masters of Education degree from the Université d'Ottawa and a Program of Professional Education degree from Sudbury's Université Laurentienne.

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Sharing Ethical Dilemmas

The College speaks to hundreds of members each year about the revised ethical standards and standards of practice. College staff use real experiences contributed by Ontario teachers to show members how the ethical standards can be used as a tool in handling ethical dilemmas that educators encounter in their daily professional practice.

The College strives to develop a broad range of experiences that it can use in presentations to ensure that members benefit from authentic dilemmas that reflect the diverse nature of Ontario's teaching profession. 

If you would like to share an ethical dilemma you have encountered in your professional practice for the College to use as an educative resource, then we would welcome hearing from you.

Please provide your experience, in writing, using this form. Information that would identify participants should not be included. Fill out the form and follow directions to send it to the College.

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

Members' Discounts

Free admission and discounts are available for members at attractions across Ontario.

Your membership card provides proof of your membership in the teaching profession and that you hold a current licence to teach in Ontario's publicly funded schools.

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.

Two recent examples among the growing list include free admission to the Billy Bishop Heritage Museum and Grey Roots Museum and Archives in Owen Sound and special $20 tickets to the Merchant of Venice at the Stratford Festival.

For a list of organizations that offer discounts to members, see the College web site.

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 lscarrow@oct.ca for more information.

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