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Minister Commends College Commitment
Minister Commends College Commitment
Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals kicked off the College Conference in November, commending the College for its commitment to setting high standards for Ontario teachers in the public interest.

“The College has worked to support its members and I have every confidence it will continue to do so in the coming years,” Sandals said in her opening remarks. “Our government values the partnership we have with the College because together we are building a strong publicly funded education system for our province — and helping to prepare our young people for success.”

Read the full text of the Minister's remarks.

Read more about the College's work in the public interest.


College Conference Attracts Thought Leaders in Regulation and Education
College Conference Attracts Thought Leaders in Regulation and Education
What do former Québec Premier Jean Charest, journalist Sally Armstrong and former Canadian Ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor have in common? They were the keynote speakers at the College’s 2014 Inspiring Public Confidence Conference.

Held last month in Toronto, the conference attracted over 200 participants and offered workshops on trending topics concerning regulators, educators and the public, including:

  • the importance of transparency in gaining public confidence;
  • best practices to prepare teachers for the 21st century;
  • creative solutions to challenges faced by professional regulators; and
  • increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues.
Milton Teacher Inspires Public Confidence
Milton Teacher Inspires Public Confidence
Meet Melanie Silva, OCT, winner of the 2014 Inspiring Public Confidence Award. A music teacher at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School in Milton, Ont., she was presented with the award at the 2014 College Conference.

“Melanie inspires public confidence by living and breathing the College’s standards of care, trust, respect and integrity,” said College Deputy Registrar Joe Jamieson, OCT. Watch the video here.

Include Aboriginal Perspectives in your Practice
Include Aboriginal Perspectives in your Practice
The College has released a video that profiles a teacher on Manitoulin Island who, after years of overcoming life’s challenges, has helped numerous First Nations children receive an education.

The Knowledge Keepers video, along with a discussion guide, were developed to enrich your professional practice in incorporating First Nation, Métis and Inuit perspectives into your teaching.

Don’t Forget to Pay Your Membership Fee
Don’t Forget to Pay your Membership Fee
If you don’t pay through payroll deduction, please ensure to pay your 2015 College membership fee of $150 directly. You can pay by credit card, through your bank or via our mobile app. The deadline is April 15, 2015.

Where do You Turn for Professional Development?
Where do You Turn for Professional Development?
A commitment to ongoing learning is integral to effective practice. Tell us where you turn for professional development throughout the year and we’ll publish your top sources in the March 2015 issue of Professionally Speaking.

This poll is designed as a platform for OCTs to share advice, opinions and effective practices related to the standards of professional knowledge and practice.

Your Mobile College
Your Mobile College
Download the latest version of the College’s free app to access your teaching qualifications, member card, library resources, discounts and more.

Don’t have the app? Download it here.

Celebrating Great Teaching
Celebrating Great Teaching
Click here to watch a video of Gabriel Ayyavoo, OCT, featured in the current issue of Professionally Speaking. Read his profile to discover how the award-winning teacher breathes new life into high school biology and his professional practice.


Have You Read This Yet?
Have you Read This Yet?
In Building Everyday Leadership in All Kids, Miriam MacGregor provides a hands-on, practical approach to encouraging self-confidence in children, which is essential to positive group interaction and ethical and responsible citizenship.

Promoting good citizenship among students is of the College’s Standards of Practice for the teaching profession.


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