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49 December 2017 | Professionally Speaking Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. 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 2018 COUNCIL ELECTION The Ontario College of Teachers exists to regulate Ontario's teaching profession in the public interest — your interest. Council's 37 members — 23 of whom are elected — help to shape the future of education in Ontario. They do this through: ➔ regulatory change; ➔ the development and approval of Additional Qualification course guidelines; ➔ accreditation reviews of Ontario's faculties of education; ➔ the provision of professional advisories; ➔ consultation and communication; ➔ and so much more. Why you should consider putting your name forward You care about teaching as a profession. You care about its future, about setting and maintaining high professional standards, about having a say in what's needed to prepare to teach students today and tomorrow. You understand the education com- munity. You understand its strengths and needs. You're committed to the professionalism of teaching — and to serving the public. You are a strong communicator. You're open to new perspectives. You listen closely, ask questions, actively participate and demonstrate civic-mindedness. You believe in democracy, excellence in governance, and strategic planning that makes vision, mission and goals real. You're a natural leader, a proven vol- unteer, a person committed to personal growth and professional development and who's willing to coach others and share your leadership skills. There are 23 positions on Council up for election. One of them is just right for you! Nominations close December 1, 2017. Council members figure prominently in the direction of teacher professionalism in Ontario. For example, they: 1) Establish the College's vision, mission, values and strategic priorities. Through strategic planning, Council members determine the College's direc- tion and the activities that help to realize its vision, mission and goals. 2) Interact directly with Ontario's Minister of Education. Council members engage in a face-to- face dialogue with the Minister of Education about current issues in public education in the province at least once during the four Council meetings scheduled per year. 3) Review and recommend regulatory change. Acting in the public interest, Council members recommend regulatory change. For example, last March, Council sought changes to the regula- tion affecting the election of Council members to make the nomination and election process easier, including a MAKE A DIFFERENCE — BECOME A MEMBER OF COUNCIL Learn everything you need to know about the election at oct-oeeo.ca/councilelection2018, by calling our information line at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-222) ext. 558 or via email at youdecide2018@oct.ca. SERVE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

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