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Becoming a reflective community of practice

This paper explores the collaborative research relationship among a faculty of education, district school board and a teacher's self-regulatory body. Each group possessed different objectives; however, all agreed that reflection, teacher inquiry and standards of practice would unite their research journey.

Casebook Guide for Teacher Education

Casebook Guide for Teacher Education

This pedagogical resource has been developed to support the use of the College casebook, Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom, within teacher education. The 13 cases you will encounter in the casebook can become your curriculum to initiate study and research into the ethical standards and the standards of practice. Our hope is that the cases as curriculum and pedagogical tools will facilitate deeper awareness, understanding and integration of the standards within your daily practice.

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Foundations of Professional Practice

The Foundations of Professional Practice articulate a collective vision of professionalism for Ontario educators. Take a minute to reflect on what’s new in a recently revised version.

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Illuminating and facilitating professional knowledge through case work

In the spring of 2002 the Ontario College of Teachers began a research project in order to foster awareness of the Standards of Practice for the 187,000 teachers in the province. Case work, in which 18 teachers representative of the College's membership wrote narratives describing their professional dilemmas, was the methodology chosen.

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Knowledge Keepers - Discussion Guide

The video profiles an educator in Manitoulin Island who, after years of overcoming life challenges, has helped numerous First Nations children gain an education. The discussion guide and video are designed to enhance professional practice in incorporating First Nation, Métis and Inuit perspectives into teaching.

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OCT The Mark of Professionalism

The College’s Council approved use of the designation in September 2008 by certified, qualified College members in good standing. Enseignante agréée de l’Ontario, Enseignant agréé de l’Ontario or EAO is the equivalent French terminology for use by French-language College members.


Professional Learning Framework for the Teaching Profession

Members recognize that a commitment to ongoing professional learning is integral to effective practice and to student learning. Professional practice and self-directed learning are informed by experience, research, collaboration and knowledge.

Standards for the Teaching Profession

Standards Poster

A two-sided poster listing the standards of practice and ethical standards that are the foundation of teaching in Ontario.

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Supporting Teachers to Work with Children with Exceptionalities

The current study had two purposes: to explore further revisions to the Three-Part Schedule D Additional Qualification (AQ) courses in special education and to determine if a virtual knowledge network would be a viable and welcome tool in building teacher capacity for classroom inclusion of students with exceptionalities.

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Teaching and Learning through e-Learning: A New Additional Qualification Course for the Teaching Profession

This paper will discuss the new additional qualification course guideline for Teaching and Learning through e-learning in Ontario. This innovative new teaching qualification course provides a foundation for teachers interested in supporting the development of professional knowledge, skills, dispositions and instructional practices that support teachers facilitating e-learning within various educational contexts across a highly diverse province.

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Vision of the Educator and Learner

A graphic representation of the vision of the educator and the vision of the learner that forms the foundation of Additional Qualification courses.


Voices of Wisdom: Learning from Elders

In this 14-minute video, First Nations elders, an Inuit elder and a Métis senator share personal stories of tragedy, experience, wisdom and cultural identity. Their words underline the importance of understanding our Canadian history and the experiences First Nations, Inuit and Métis students bring to our classrooms. These stories will help educators enhance their professional knowledge and practice. The Ontario College of Teachers developed this resource to support the development of Additional Qualifications course guidelines.

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Your Professional Designation

Ontario Certified Teacher – or OCT – is the designation in English and is granted by the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers.

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