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108 Professionally Speaking | March 2018 G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S RETIRING SOON? STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR PROFESSION. Protect and preserve your professional status as an Ontario Certified Teacher. Maintain your membership in good standing to: • nominate, run and vote in Council elections* • participate in surveys and focus groups • participate in Pre-Service Program accreditations and Additional Qualification course development • return to a teaching assignment Plan to retire and never teach again? A quick note lets us know to change your official status on the public register to "Retired." Or complete and submit the "Notice of Retirement" form at oct.ca to avoid the "Suspended — Non-payment of fees" status and enjoy life as an acknowledged — retired — teacher. • receive monthly updates via Your College and You • learn about legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession • continue your access to the Margaret Wilson professional library • continue to receive Professionally Speaking • continue to use the OCT professional designation, and more. Keep your membership alive. Share your experience. Visit the Member's Area (oct.ca/members) to find out how. oct.ca * You must be a member in good standing and work a minimum of 10 days in the year prior to an election to participate. Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Mississauga, ON www.LDatSchool.ca A two-day conference for educators working with students with learning disabilities. Depending on the seriousness of the alleged conduct, and if there is suffi- cient supporting evidence to warrant a hearing, a panel of the Investigation Committee can also refer the matter (in whole or part) to one of two committees: • the Discipline Committee (regarding possible incompetence or professional misconduct); or • the Fitness to Practise Committee (if the information indicates that a health-related issue is affecting the member's ability to teach). Once the panel has made its decision, the Registrar notifies the member, the complainant and the member's current employer. If a past employer reported the matter, they will also receive a notifi- cation of the decision. As of December 2016, referrals to the Discipline Committee are noted on the public register, Find a Teacher. The nota- tion stays on the register until a Notice of Hearing is served to the member. If a member is in good standing with the College, he or she will remain so throughout the investigation. However, an employer may choose to suspend the member with or without pay — that is up to the employer, not the College. To gain insight into the kind of decisions facing a panel of the Investigation Committee, review the case studies published in each issue of Professionally Speaking. These "What- would-you-do?" scenarios help to illuminate the types of issues that come before the College and demystify what happens during an investigation. In addition to the outcomes noted above, the Investigation Committee can also ratify a Memorandum of Agreement reached through a complaint resolution process. That's the topic of the next instalment in the June 2018 issue. We'll wrap up the series in the September 2018 issue with a look at disciplinary and fitness hearings, decisions and findings. PS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

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