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47 GOVERNING OURSELVES September 2021 Professionally Speaking College News Keeping you connected to your profession. College Recruitment for New Governance Model Underway T he Ontario College of Teachers is looking for qualified and dedicated individuals reflect- ing Ontario's diversity to govern the teaching profession in the public interest. The recruitment is a part of the College's legislated transition to a new governance structure that will streamline Council operations. Council will be smaller, allowing for more effective and efficient oper- ations. There will also be dedicated Council and committee members, meaning Council members will only serve on Council, and committee members will only serve on their respective committees. This means that in total, more individuals than ever before will participate in gov- erning the teaching profession. "By enabling more people to take part in our work, we are bolstering the College's long-standing commitment to collaboration and inclusion," says Dr. Derek Haime, OCT, the College's Registrar and CEO. Council and committee members will be selected from a diverse group of individuals, with attributes and competencies to govern the teaching profession in the public interest. "Our new governing body will be more inclusive and better reflect and serve Ontario's diverse population, capturing a wide range of expertise, skills, knowledge and perspectives," says Dr. Haime. BENEFITS OF SERVING Those who apply and serve will have the opportunity to use and grow their professional experience and know- ledge in regulation and education. With more than 100 positions available, the College encourages members of the public and Ontario Certified Teachers (OCTs) to apply online and serve on: • Council, which ensures policy and strategic oversight in accordance with the College's objects as set out in the Ontario College of Teachers Act. Council members will also serve on the following subcommittees: Audit and Finance, Human Resour- ces, and Selection and Nominating. One member of Council will serve as the chair. • Committees, which perform the regulatory and statutory work of the College. Some committees, such as Accreditation and Disci- pline, require additional time to serve on adjudicative panels. Statutory committee chairs and vice-chairs also serve on the Adjudicative Body of Chairs. • Rosters, whose members participate on panels to decide on matters on behalf of a committee. If they are selected to serve, OCTs who are employed in public education must be released by their employers to perform the work of the College. In turn, the College reimburses employers for the hiring of temporary replacement teachers. The application process is open from August 16 to September 30, 2021, and individuals will assume their new roles effective January 1, 2022. PS Visit oct.ca for more information.

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