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Committees

The mandate of all committees will include the review and recommendation to Council of policy amendments relative to the work of the committee. All committees will be comprised of an equal number of members of the College in good standing and members of the public who must not now be, nor ever have been, a member of the teaching profession.

Accreditation:

Will review and accredit teacher education programs offered by post-secondary educational institutions in Ontario. Teacher education programs are reviewed before they can be offered to teacher candidates, and existing programs are reviewed on a cyclical basis to confirm that they continue to meet standards and requirements. In the reviews, panel members examine documents submitted by the program provider and visit program sites when considering a program for initial accreditation or renewal. The panel interviews program faculty and stakeholders, examines materials, and reviews facilities and resources. Members of the public are always provided with an opportunity to offer feedback about the programs under review. After the review, the panel develops its report, and sets out its recommendations and the evidence it considered.

Accreditation Appeal:

Will consider and rule on appeals from teacher education providers whose programs have been denied accreditation or awarded accreditation with conditions. The appeal process ensures that pre-service programs and in-service courses are accredited fairly by allowing appellants to present new information and request to have the decision reviewed.

Discipline:

Will conduct legal proceedings that are generally open to the public and will rule on allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence by members of the teaching profession. A three-person panel will receive evidence and submissions before reaching a decision that is supported by written reasons. If a panel finds that a member engaged in professional misconduct or is incompetent, it may make orders that include reprimands, the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s teaching certificate, suspensions or revocations. [Note: the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees share the same membership. Therefore, an appointment to the Discipline Committee will result in an automatic appointment to the Fitness to Practise Committee.]

Fitness to Practise:

Will conduct closed legal proceedings and rule on allegations related to a member of the teaching profession’s physical or mental capacity to carry out professional responsibilities. A three-person panel will receive evidence and submissions before reaching a decision that is supported by written reasons. If a panel finds that a member is incapacitated, it may make orders that include the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s teaching certificate, suspensions or revocations. [Note: the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees share the same membership. Therefore, an appointment to the Fitness to Practise Committee will result in an automatic appointment to the Discipline Committee.]

Investigation:

Will screen all complaints regarding members of the College and determine the appropriate outcome for those complaints. College staff investigate complaints and present the information gathered to a panel. The panel may decide to: refuse to further investigate; not refer a complaint and take no further action; issue a written reminder, advice, caution or admonishment; issue an oral caution or admonishment; adopt an agreement reached through the complaint resolution process; adopt an undertaking reached with respect to Teacher Performance Appraisals or an undertaking to resign and never to reapply; or refer the matter to Discipline or Fitness to Practise. The role entails reviewing significant volumes of material.

Registration Appeals:

Will review and rule on appeals from applicants who were denied College membership, or who had terms, conditions or limitations placed on their teaching certificate. Panels will consider documentation provided by both the College and the applicant before rendering a decision supported by written reasons. Panels may also receive oral testimony from applicants.

Standards of Practice and Education:

Will advise Council on the development, implementation and review of the three components of the Foundations of Professional Practice: Ethical Standards, Standards of Practice and the Professional Learning Framework. The committee also reviews and approves Additional Qualification policy guidelines and associated research.

The duties of the chair of a committee or subcommittee are limited to the following:

  1. Providing leadership to the committee or subcommittee by,
    1. guiding the committee or subcommittee in carrying out its responsibilities, and working collaboratively with the Registrar,
    2. leading orderly deliberation and decision-making on matters before the committee or subcommittee, and
    3. acting as the liaison between the committee or subcommittee and the Council and the Registrar.
  2. Managing meetings by,
    1. calling and presiding over meetings,
    2. approving meeting agendas and meeting dates,
    3. ensuring that meeting agendas reflect matters assigned to the committee or subcommittee in accordance with the Act or the regulations,
    4. ensuring that minutes are taken at each meeting, reviewing and approving minutes at subsequent meetings and signing the minutes once approved,
    5. directing members of the committee or subcommittee who have made a conflict of interest declaration to leave the meeting when the issue in question is being discussed, and
    6. providing reports for inclusion in the annual report and for presentation to the annual meeting of members.

In the absence of the chair, the vice-chair shall temporarily act as and have all the powers and duties of the chair.

The chairs and vice-chairs of the following committees will also serve as members of the Adjudicative Body of Chairs: Discipline, Fitness to Practise, Investigation and Registration Appeals. The Adjudicative Body of Chairs may: direct the Discipline or Fitness to Practise committees to hold hearings to determine allegations of member misconduct, incompetence or incapacity; make interim orders directing the Registrar to suspend a member’s teaching certificate or impose terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate; make an order to direct the Registrar to issue a certificate to a member or to remove the suspension of a member’s certificate; approve the Registrar’s appointment of an investigator; and hold a hearing for complaints made against a Council member for reasons of conflict of interest or for contravention of the oath.

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