IN THIS ISSUE: What would you do?

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JULY 2021

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What would you do?

The College’s Investigation Committee reviewed the case of an elementary school teacher who made inappropriate comments to students.
If you were a member of the College’s Investigation Committee, what would you do? See the outcome.
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Criminal proceedings relevant to College membership on the public register
Recent amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act (OCTA) require that information about “any current or previous criminal proceedings involving a member that are relevant to [their] membership” be placed on the College’s public register.
New information of which the College is made aware must appear on the public register, including:
  • Any finding of guilt against a member under the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, or equivalent legislation in any jurisdiction, if relevant to membership, as determined by the Registrar;
  • Pending or existing charges against a member under the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, or equivalent legislation in any jurisdiction, if relevant to membership, as determined by the Registrar; and
  • With respect to the findings of guilt or charges noted above, and if determined by the Registrar to be relevant to membership: sentencing orders; orders that impose restrictions or conditions; orders pertaining to custody, bail, or release conditions; undertakings or peace bonds; and appeal information, if any.
Information would be removed from the public register if the Registrar determines it is no longer applicable or relevant to membership – e.g., if findings of guilt are reversed on appeal or the member receives a pardon/record suspension on the member’s written request.
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Shaping the future of your profession
The College is modernizing its governance structure and more members will be able to participate on our new Council, committees, or rosters.
Meet the professionals who have been appointed to adjudicate matters until a new Council, committees and rosters of eligible panellists are established. Learn more about what they do.
You can also get involved in shaping the future of the teaching profession.
Starting in 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 and supports the well-being of more than two million Ontario students.
More details on how to apply will be available soon.
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Math Proficiency Test – deadline extension
The Ministry of Education has recently extended the current deadline to fulfill the Math Proficiency Test (MPT) condition from August 31, 2021 to December 31, 2021 for applicants who have completed an Ontario teacher education program.
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Now accepting 2021 scholarship applications
The College’s scholarship program acknowledges teacher candidates for their outstanding academic achievement and high level of preparedness in teacher education. Applications are accepted until August 31, 2021.
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You’re invited to the College’s Annual Meeting of Members

Join us virtually on September 29
Please register and join a panel of regulatory experts, Paul Boniferro, Transition Supervisory Officer, and Dr. Derek Haime, OCT, Registrar & CEO, at our Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) on Wednesday, September 29 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. to learn about the College’s governance modernization and work, and initiatives from 2020.
Our AMM will include a live Q&A session. Submit your questions in advance or during the event. Learn more.
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And the award goes to …
On May 27, Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession brought home two awards from the National Magazine Awards: B2B, tying for third place with two silver medals in the following categories:
Best Regularly Featured Department
  • Remarkable Teacher by Bill Harris, Teddy Katz and Richard Ouzounian
Best Photograph
  • Pour parler profession: Pratiques exemplaires: Une classe où l’on se sent bien, photographed by Matthew Liteplo


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