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COLLEGE NEWS 47 December 2018 Professionally Speaking Do you receive multiple copies of the magazine? Many College members live in multiple-member households. If you prefer to receive only one copy of Professionally Speaking per issue, please log into your member account at oct.ca/members/services. By using our new automated tool, you'll help save costs and reduce your environmental footprint. Worldly Perspectives p.34 International teachers share their experiences and observations from inside Ontario's schools. DECEMBER 2018 THE PUBLICATION OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS Michael Naicker, OCT Worldly Perspectives p.34 International teachers share their experiences and observations from inside Ontario's schools. DECEMBER 2018 THE PUBLICATION OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS Michael Naicker, OCT This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters. Governing Ourselves Teachers and parents are on the same page: the quality of teaching and the preparation of teachers are their top factors in determining future strategic priorities for the College. That is what they told the College during focus group sessions we held last summer. The College conducted these sessions with teachers and the public to gauge their opinions on a number of initiatives and communica- tion products. This included preferred topics for future professional advi- sories. A professional advisory is advice offered by the College to its members to help guide a teacher's practice. WHAT TEACHERS AND PARENTS SAID: • We asked members of the public and the profession what professional advice they feel teachers need most from the College. Participants said advice on how to accommodate students with special needs, how to deliver lessons that resonate with a diverse classroom and how to integrate technology in the classroom are topics for the College to consider. • Teachers who participated in the focus groups said that they generally prefer reading a magazine in print rather than in a digital format. • Overall, parents have misconceptions about the role of the College. Many think it is a place that offers courses for teachers. They also expressed interest in learning more about the College's role. The feedback helps the College's staff and governing Council act with increased efficiency. The College works in the public interest to set the standard for teaching in Ontario. By better anticipating arising needs and forthcoming changes on the horizon, Ontario Certified Teachers and the public can both be better served. WHERE WE WENT The College led focus groups in Kingston, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Timmins and Toronto. These cities were chosen to reflect different geographical regions, demographics and languages. WHO WE ENGAGED Each focus group session brought together nine to 16 participants, randomly selected, from among College members in good standing and parents with children in the public education system. Half the participants in Timmins and Ottawa were francophones. PS Listening to You Council Meetings At its September 27, 2018, special meeting, Council: • appointed Mary Ellen Gucciardi, OCT, to the vacant English-Language Roman Catholic Board Secondary position; and Gerry O'Reilly, OCT, to the vacant Supervisory Officer position. PS

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