IN THIS ISSUE: Lead writer named for future anti-Black racism advisory
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JUNE 2021
In this edition:
Lead writer named for future anti-Black racism advisory
Meet our new roster appointees
Sexual abuse prevention program in development
New reporting obligations for members
New high school sign language courses
Who does what in education?
Professional boundaries webinar
Olympic hopefuls inspire students
Helpful online resources
Who’s your child’s teacher?
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Lead writer for future Anti-Black racism advisory
The College has partnered with Amorell Saunders N’Daw to provide professional advice on anti-Black racism for Ontario Certified Teachers.
Saunders N’Daw is the principal of Amorell & Co, as well as Partner and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at KBRS, one of Canada’s leading authorities on human capital.
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Meet our new roster appointees!
Meet the professionals who have been appointed to adjudicate matters until a new College Council, committees, and rosters of panellists are established.
Interested? You can also get involved in shaping the future of student safety and well-being. The College is looking for people with sound judgment who can be objective and make fair decisions for the good of the public.
Starting late August, we will accept applications from Ontario Certified Teachers and members of the public to join in the work of the College, which regulates the teaching profession in the public interest.
More details on how to apply will be communicated soon.
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Sexual abuse prevention program in development
The College has completed its consultation of stakeholder groups and College members to inform the development of its sexual abuse prevention program.
With a program model now established, work will continue over the summer on the development of content and resources for the education program, as well as program administration and course delivery. Legislated by the government, the program is scheduled to launch in January 2022.
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New reporting obligations for members
Recent legislation includes new reporting obligations for College members for offences, charges, bail conditions or other restrictions.
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New high school sign language courses
The College applauds the Ministry of Education’s plan to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) as a second language.
Similarly, the College is developing new Additional Qualification course guidelines that will support teachers who will deliver the new ASL and LSQ curriculum.
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Who does what in education?
Unsure about who does what in education? You’re not alone. Teachers and parents alike are often confused by the different roles organizatons and individuals play in Ontario’s publicly funded school system.
The College has created a guide to help you better understand the College’s regulatory role.
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Professional boundaries webinar
In April, the College hosted a free webinar for Ontario Certified Teachers on how to maintain professional boundaries in and out of the classroom. A panel of experts discussed the College’s latest professional advisory on the importance of upholding professional boundaries with students.
Missed it? Watch it here.
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Olympic hopefuls inspire students
Meet three Ontario Certified Teachers who bring lessons of perseverance, patience and resilience into their classrooms.
Watch segments from interviews with marathon runner Lyndsay Tessier, OCT, and Olympic archer Crispin Duenas, OCT.
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Helpful online resources
  • Kids in the Know is an interactive safety education program for students from K – 12. Lessons address safe and unsafe secrets, personal boundaries, consent, and more.
  • These tips for a smooth school transition can help your child make a successful leap to middle, secondary, or post-secondary school.
  • Check out these fun and educational apps for students of all ages in Professionally Speaking’s Apps Analysis and Tools of the Trade.
Who's your teacher?
Who’s your child’s teacher?
Curious about the qualifications of your child’s teacher? Visit our public register, Find a Teacher, to see the qualifications of Ontario Certified Teachers.
Hiring a private tutor? Ensure they are certified by the College. Read our Q&A and learn why your best choice is always an Ontario Certified Teacher.
The College Council grants the Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) designation to qualified, competent members in good standing only.