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79 September 2017 | Professionally Speaking G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S HEARINGS Copies of the full decisions are available at oct-oeeo.ca /decisions. Has your email address changed? Update it today: 1. Visit oct.ca 2. Click on "Members" in the menu bar to access your account (or register in the Members section) 3. Click on "Profile" in the right-hand menu 4. Update your email address 5. Click "Save" at the bottom of the page It's that easy! prior to commencing or returning to a teaching position or any position for which a Certificate of Qualification and Registration is required. In addition, he must successfully com- plete, at his own expense, a course regard- ing appropriate boundaries and boundary violation issues prior to commencing or returning to a teaching position. In its decision, the panel stated, "Teachers are expected to provide a safe learning environment for students, but the Member did the opposite." Member: William Douglas John White, OCT Registration No: 432924 Decision: Reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel repri- manded William Douglas John White, a teacher at the Toronto District School Board, for repeated verbally and physic- ally abusive conduct, despite having been previously counselled by his principal to model appropriate behaviour toward students and staff. Certified to teach in November 2002, White attended the hearing on February 22, 2017, and was represented by legal counsel. The inappropriate conduct included raising his voice and yelling at a student to get off the floor. After the student refused the member's request to take her seat and return to her assigned task, she sat down cross-legged on the floor. After she refused to get up, White put his left hand under her right armpit and put his right foot against her right thigh, as an attempt to pull her up off the floor. He pulled twice to lift her bottom off the floor; however, he was not able to lift her to her feet. The student's mother reported that her daughter had been complaining of a sore right arm since the incident. The board suspended him for five days without pay. The suspension was reduced to two days following a grievance. The Discipline Committee panel found White guilty of professional misconduct and directed that he appear before the committee immediately after the hearing to receive a reprimand. In addition, he must successfully complete, at his own expense, a course regarding anger management with a focus on deal- ing with students with special needs. In its decision, the panel stated, "Members of the profession are expected to treat students and staff with respect at all times. They must conduct themselves in a composed and professional manner, without resorting to the unnecessary use of physical force, even under difficult or challenging circumstances." Member: Carole Wilson Registration No: 259137 Decision: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel suspended Carole Wilson, a former principal at the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, for her involvement in irregu- lar practices related to the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and the administration of EQAO tests. Certified to teach in June 1992, Wilson attended the February 13, 2017, hearing with her legal counsel. Her irregular practices included: • approving the preparation of IEPs for certain students in order to implement accommodations for the EQAO tests. Specifically, she signed IEPs for two students without ensuring that the par- ents were consulted or asked to sign the IEPs when the they were developed, or that the other teachers concerned were informed that these students had IEPs; • granting and approving EQAO test de- ferrals for certain students that did not comply with the relevant rules, in that they were arranged without consultation with the students or their parents; and • failing to adequately supervise and train a colleague who allowed students to write the tests in a manner that contravened EQAO instructions. The board demoted her to a vice- principal position with no possibility of promotion to a senior management position for one year. The Discipline Committee panel found Wilson guilty of professional misconduct and suspended her Certificate of Qualification and Registration for nine months. She was directed to appear be- fore the committee immediately after the hearing to receive a reprimand. She must also successfully complete, at her own expense, a course on profession- al ethics. She needs to do so within 90 days of the date of the order. If she does so successfully, the last two months of the suspension will not take effect. In its decision, the panel stated, "School principals should fulfil the role and responsibilities entrusted to them, and model respect for professional ethics. The Member failed to live up to these expectations and contravened the instructions issued by the EQAO and the Ministry of Education." PS

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