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Positive and enthusiastic response: Governance recruitment

A total of 648 Ontario Certified Teachers and members of the public filed applications for positions on our next Council, committees and rosters.

This is a significant increase from the 69 eligible nominations received for the 2018 Council election.

The enthusiastic engagement in the College's governance demonstrates a keen interest in stepping into a leadership role to govern the profession in the public interest.

Future Council, committee and roster members will be appointed based on specified selection and eligibility criteria needed to do the job, and reflective of the geographic, linguistic and diverse perspectives of Ontario.
All individuals will begin their term on January 1, 2022, with a series of orientation and training sessions.
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Development of mandatory sexual abuse prevention program for Ontario Certified Teachers

The College has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) to develop a new online sexual abuse prevention program for OCTs.
C3P is a national leader with a decades-long record of effective advocacy for advancing youth safety. Their expertise will ensure the new program complements existing College resources by providing an updated understanding of professional boundaries, societal standards, and potential warning signs that will better equip OCTs to identify and report situations where a student may be at risk of harm.
The mandatory one-time program, legislated by the Government of Ontario, will launch on January 1, 2022. There is no cost to participate in the program. All OCTs must successfully complete the program by August 31, 2022.
Noni Classen, Director of Education, C3P, spoke with Your College and You about the organization's history and what Ontario Certified Teachers can expect from the new program. Learn more.
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College requests access to vulnerable sector checks

In September, we asked the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to make the College eligible to request vulnerable sector checks from teacher applicants.
A vulnerable sector check is a police information check that also looks to see if a person has received a record suspension (pardon) for sexual offences.
The College wants to be better equipped to screen teacher applicants thoroughly, especially on any sexual offence history, prior to issuing them a licence. If granted, the College would be able to request information on a number of pardoned offences such as sexual exploitation of a person with a disability, voyeurism, abduction of a person under 16, indecent acts, including phone calls.
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What would you do?

The College's Investigation Committee reviewed the case of a high school teacher who failed to ensure that students she was responsible for were adequately supervised.
If you were a member of the College's Investigation Committee, what would you do? See the outcome.
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Free webinar: Indigenous ways of knowing

Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the history, heritage and perspectives of Indigenous peoples? Wondering how this knowledge can inform your teaching practice in the future?
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 Nov. 2, 2021, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This session is free. Register today.
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World Teachers' Day tributes for 2021

For this year's World Teachers' Day (Oct. 5) the College invited Ontarians to send short videos giving thanks to the teachers they admire.
The result was an array of moving videos from grateful students – both current and long-since graduated. Visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn pages to see their messages.
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College is open for business, but our office remains closed

Our office remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our safety protocols, we will continue to accept payments online or through the mail only.

If you pay by mail, you can do so with a cheque or money order.
Documents may be sent by mail or courier. If they are original documents sent by courier, they will be returned by courier.
For safety reasons, please do not:
  • send cash in the mail
  • leave cash, cheques or money orders in the College drop box on St. Thomas Street
  • visit our office.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Math Proficiency Test – deadline extension

The Ministry of Education has extended the deadline to fulfill the Math Proficiency Test (MPT) condition from Aug. 31 to Dec. 31, 2021. This applies to applicants who have completed an Ontario teacher education program.

Visit the MPT website for test booking and information.


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