IN THIS ISSUE: Help govern Ontario's teaching profession
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The Standard.
SEPTEMBER 2021
PROTECTING THE PUBLIC INTEREST
In this edition:
Help govern Ontario's teaching profession
Criminal proceedings to be placed on public register
Sexual abuse prevention program in development
College's 2020 Annual Report now online
Helpful online resources for students and parents
Indigenous Ways of Knowing Webinar
You're invited to our Annual Meeting of Members
Myth/Fact
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Apply to govern Ontario's teaching profession
We're looking for more than 100 qualified and dedicated people to help support and safeguard student well-being by joining our Council, committees and rosters. These groups will make decisions to help shape the future of teaching in Ontario.
To learn more, watch this short video at oct-oeeo.ca/JoinUs and visit oct.ca.
Apply before September 30, 2021.
These changes are part of new regulations that support and strengthen our transition to a modernized governance structure. Read more about the changes to the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
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Criminal proceedings now listed on Public Register
Recent changes to the Ontario College of Teachers Act require that information about any current or previous criminal proceedings involving a College member that are relevant to their membership be placed on the College's public register Find a Teacher.
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Sexual abuse prevention program in development
The College has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) to develop a new sexual abuse prevention program for Ontario Certified Teachers (OCTs). It will also be a registration requirement for new, existing and returning members.
Legislated by the Ontario government, the mandatory online program will launch on January 1, 2022, and OCTs will have until August 31, 2022, to successfully complete it. The program will leverage C3P's expertise to strengthen the College's ability to fulfil its student safety mandate through ongoing teacher education. There is no cost to complete the program.
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College's 2020 Annual Report now online
What Additional Qualifications do OCTs hold? How many teachers were licensed last year? And where in the province do most teachers live?
Find these stats and many more in the College's 2020 Annual Report, now online. You'll also find highlights of Council and committee activities, messages from the Transition Supervisory Officer and the Registrar, and revenue and expense information.
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Helpful online resources for students and parents
  • The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario offers tips for parents and caregivers on returning to school during COVID-19.
  • Looking for tools to help your child transition to university? Discover the Ontario Universities' Application Centre's list of resources.
  • Check out these fun and educational apps for students of all ages in Professionally Speaking's Apps Analysis and Tools of the Trade.
 
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Free webinar with the Hon. Murray Sinclair on Indigenous Ways of Knowing
The Hon. Murray Sinclair, leader of landmark inquiries on racism, residential schools and police discrimination, will deliver a keynote address at the College's webinar "Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Teacher Education and Teaching Standards," on November 2, 2021, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Register for this free webinar.
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You're invited to our Annual Meeting of Members
Join us virtually on September 29, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to hear from a panel of Regulatory experts, Paul Boniferro, Transition Supervisory Officer, and Dr. Derek Haime, OCT, Registrar & CEO.
Learn about the College's new governance structure and our work in protecting students.
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Myth/Fact
Myth: Half-a-million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness.
Fact: An estimated 1.2 million children and youth are affected by mental illness. They are particularly vulnerable to the disruptions the pandemic has caused.
The College's professional advisory on Supporting Students' Mental Health is intended to help Ontario Certified Teachers support students with mental health concerns.
If you prefer, you can watch this helpful video or listen to the audio file.