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.
At its meeting on December 5–6, 2019, College Council:
welcomed new Council members Dr. Richard Filion (appointed), Jennifer Wyatt (Private School category, elected position), Tim Kwiatkowski (English-Language Roman Catholic Board — Elementary, elected position);
received a quarterly report from the Registrar, including information about the College's participation in the development of a national language assessment test, which would be used by all provinces when an internationally educated person applies for certification;
received a quarterly report from the Chair of Council;
approved a Council Policy and Framework for Cyclical Policy Reviews;
approved the College's 2020 operating budget of $42,602,880;
recommended policy direction to the Minister of Education to help develop a Council regulation to support the administration of the therapy and counselling funding program for students who have been sexually abused or involved in child pornography while under the supervision or responsibility of an Ontario Certified Teacher;
recognized Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship Program recipients Mia Kakebeeke, a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at University of Ottawa, as recipient of the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education award; Fatima Ahmed, a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Lakehead University, as recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship — Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate award; and Jordan Cascagnette, a teacher candidate in the consecutive program at Nipissing University, as recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship — Intermediate/Senior award;
recommended that the Minister of Education amend the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation to permit international applicants whose certificates have expired after two years because they did not providing evidence of completing the Math Proficiency Test, to reapply within the regulation's original five-year time frame;
recommended that the Registrar study and report back to Council at its next meeting how information regarding the role and mandate of the Ontario College of Teachers can be provided to all public and private school parents/guardians at the start of each school year or when students register mid-year;
referred a motion to the Registrar for further study and to report at the next meeting that Council recommends to the Minister of Education that the Education Act be amended to require membership with the Ontario College of Teachers for all teachers of private schools as a condition of the annual notice of intention to operate; and
directed the Finance Committee to produce a report on the strengths and weaknesses of yearly membership fee increases and report at the March Council meeting.
At a Special Meeting of Council on December 6, 2019, College Council:
amended College bylaws to reflect a member fee for 2020 of $170.