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T H E M A G A Z I N E O F T H E O N TA R I O C O L L E G E O F T E A C H E R S SEPTEMBER 2018 T H E M A G A Z I N E O F T H E O N TA R I O C O L L E G E O F T E A C H E R S SEPTEMBER 2018 HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT p.30 57 June 2018 | Professionally Speaking G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S COLLEGE NEWS Throughout her address, the Minister stressed the import- ance of partnerships between all educa- tion stakeholders to ensure that there is a collective vision for student success. "Decisions can't be made in silos," she said. "You ensure we are on track in a very real way," said Ontario Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris in her address to Council in March. In her fi rst meeting with Council since becoming Minister, Naidoo-Harris rec- ognized how valuable the College's work is and said that she "looks forward to working together to build strong learning environments for students, educators and communities." The Minister provided insight into her vision of what Ontario's public educa- tion system should look like, including greater equity and inclusivity in learn- ing environments, increasing student and teacher well-being, and greater student protection from sexual abuse. "Protecting students is vital, because children are vulnerable," she said. While 2016's Protecting Students Act strengthened student protection, the government proposed additional changes including: expanding the list of acts con- stituting sexual abuse that would result in mandatory revocation of a teaching licence; stricter penalties for those found guilty of sexual abuse; and ensuring students have access to support services when abuse is alleged. The proposed changes to the Protecting Students Act are similar to what was recommended by the College of Early Childhood Educators. Further, they bring the Ontario College of Teachers Act into alignment with the Regulated Health Professions Act. "Any sexual abuse is unacceptable," said the Minister, adding she wanted to "strengthen the College's ability to respond to cases of professional mis- conduct" and its "authority to revoke licences in the best interest of student safety." Naidoo-Harris also identifi ed teacher supply shortages for French-language, Indigenous and technological education, student mental health, and more cus- tomized curricula as issues her ministry would focus on. Throughout her address, the Minister stressed the importance of partnerships between all education stakeholders to ensure that there is a collective vision for student success. "Decisions can't be made in silos," she said. Naidoo-Harris recognized the College's leadership role in education, in particular its contribution toward creating inclusive learning environments through its development of an Additional Qualifi cation for teaching LGBTQ students. The Minister also acknowledged some of the challenges faced by Council, such as lengthy timelines related to fi lling public appointment vacancies on Council. She has said her team was working to expedite requests while look- ing at how her ministry can improve its internal processes. In addition, she promised to dis- cuss and examine title protection of the Ontario Certifi ed Teacher (OCT) designation. Naidoo-Harris concluded by thanking the College for its continued efforts to increase transparency, its dedication to teacher professionalism and for its "invaluable guidance" to Ontario's certifi ed teachers. PS EDUCATION MINISTER ADDRESSES COLLEGE COUNCIL Ontario Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris spoke to College Council members in March about the College's role in promoting teacher professionalism. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 13 December 2018 Professionally Speaking Tech Teacher Shortage a Concern In the Governing Ourselves section of the June edition I was happy that you reported on [former Minister of Education] Indira Naidoo-Harris raising a concern over a Technological Studies teacher shortage. Tech teachers come from industry, and to enrol in school to become certified many need to leave their jobs, experiencing a loss of income. With the two-year teacher education program, there will be far less potential tech teachers willing to make this sacrifice. I fear for the future of qualified tech teachers and I hope that the Ministry makes accommodations to help keep the qualified tech teacher pool strong for our students. Nathan Shrubsole, OCT, is a Grade 9–12 Technological Studies occasional teacher with the York public and Catholic district school boards. Use of Stock Photo on Cover Disappointing I was disappointed to discover that the September cover photo of an engaged female elementary school teacher listening attentively to a student's response is not an actual teacher or an OCT member, but, in fact, a stock image. Perhaps in the future the College may consider employing and compensating real Ontario teachers in their actual classroom environments. Paul Ziemanis, OCT, teaches Grade 8 at St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School in Toronto. Editor's response: Thank you for your feedback. Every effort is made to use original photog- raphy. For this issue, however, some unforeseen changes required us to revert to stock photography at the last minute. We regret the disappointment caused by this late change. LIKE OUR NEW LOOK? Notice the changes to Professionally Speaking in this issue? Shorter articles. Easier navigation. More white space. These changes — and more — are part of our proactive and ongoing efforts to beer connect with you, our readers. How did we arrive at the updated look? Via focus groups, members identified a need to streamline the magazine to enhance the reader experience. You spoke and we listened. We worked hard to deliver on your feedback and are proud of the changes. We hope you like them too. Let us know at ps@oct.ca.

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