Teachers will need support to bring new Ontario curriculum into the classroom
June 13 1997
TORONTO — "Teachers will need support to bring the changes that stem
from the new Ontario curriculum into the classroom," said John Cruickshank,
vice-chair of the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers.
While schools are expected to begin implementation this September, the magnitude
of the changes will require significant work on the part of schools, teachers,
program providers and the College of Teachers to ensure that new curriculum
is implemented well over the next school year and beyond.
"In the future, we hope to be involved in the early stages of defining new
curriculum directions so that our recommendations for teachers’ training can
be ready for implementation when the documents are released rather than after
the fact," said Cruickshank. "Unless teachers understand the changes announced
today and are properly prepared to deliver them, this initiative will have
As part of its mandate, the College will assess current curriculum-related
programs to ensure that the course content and resources – both human and financial – are
appropriate to meet the needs of all members of the College so that they, in
turn, may meet the needs of Ontario students. The assessment will be based,
in part, on an analysis of these new documents.
"It is important that teachers, wherever they are located, have the knowledge
and skills necessary to deliver the Ontario curriculum from Grade 1 to 8",
said Cruickshank. "The College’s Standards of Practice and Education Committee
will define the appropriate professional learning that teachers will need to
assist them in the implementation of the changes announced today."
The Ontario College of Teachers -- the largest professional body in Canada
with some 165,000 members – has authority to license, govern and regulate the
practice of teaching in Ontario. Its primary functions include setting out
clear standards of practice, ensuring sound professional learning goals and
co-ordinating and monitoring career-long, accredited professional learning