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From the Chair

Governance Changes

New College legislation means increased student protection.

By Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT
Photo: Matthew Plexman

Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT, Chair of Council

I don't think many of us will soon forget 2020. The amazing professionalism of Ontario Certified Teachers that we have witnessed through the pandemic has been nothing short of remarkable. Their demonstration of care, trust, integrity and respect — for their students, parents, caregivers and colleagues — has been even more evident throughout the past year.

In the December 2019 issue of Professionally Speaking, Vice-Chair Tim Gernstein and I highlighted the expected governance changes that will improve how we govern the teaching profession in Ontario.

Long-recommended Council changes to the College's governance structure have arrived in the form of Bill 229 (see article.).

As part of the Government's Fall Economic Update on November 5, the province introduced legislation, which included significant proposed changes to the Ontario College of Teachers Act. Many of these changes were previously endorsed by College Council.

The amendments include:

I am optimistic that the legislative reforms will provide an opportunity for greater member participation in the work of the College including participation on our committees and rosters.

Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT