The College of
Teachers successfully made the case to the government
that Ontario students have the right to be taught by
College members who have demonstrated their
commitment to quality education by becoming
qualified, certified professionals.
Most of the Colleges focus
in recent weeks has been on the proposals in Bill 160
which appeared to undermine our mandate to certify
and set standards of qualification and practice for
the teaching profession.
Bill 160 Clauses on Non-Certified Instructors
The Ontario College of Teachers took a stand
against provisions in the Education Quality
Improvement Act, 1997 that undermined the
Colleges public accountability for ethical and
professional standards in Ontarios classrooms.
The government has now withdrawn four clauses in the
bill that would have allowed cabinet to put
non-certified instructors in sole charge of classes
TVO - Television That
TVOntarios inception as the Ontario Educational
Communications Authority, with limited airtime and a
mainly southern Ontario audience, programming has
changed and it seems its focus has shifted.
The voice is instantly
recognizable, even over the phone. Less recognizable
is the speed and enthusiasm with which he talks, not
the measured, sedate tones you hear during the CTV
nightly news. "Newman (Mike) OLeary taught
me English literature. I had him at Stratford
Collegiate and Vocational Institute in the late 40s,
early 50s. He was the most inspirational teacher
Ive had by far," says Lloyd Robertson.
"He used to have us act out the various parts of
Shakespeare. He made education fun."
Take Another Look at Our
Students Science Ranking
A critical look at the international test scores
shows that, contrary to what todays headlines
say, our students do extremely well. We educate more
of them than do countries that scored higher than
Canada. In fact, Canada ranks at the top when it
comes to the percentage of its citizens who complete
primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Jets Fly High in
Its the beginning
of the Grade 7 English lesson at Inagakuen High
School in Saitama, a commuter suburb north of Tokyo.
Some 40 blue-uniformed students are warming up under
the direction of Sensei. First they repeat
"fat" and "hat" and
"fog", then move on to sounds that
dont exist in Japanese putting tongues
between teeth to get "th" and upper teeth
on lower lips to get "f."
The Blue Pages
Council Approves Bylaw Change
Council Approves Two Key Regulatory
New Professional Misconduct Regulation
Sets Clear Rules
1998 Membership Fees
Membership and Service Fees
Highlights of the Ontario College of
Teachers Brief on Bill 160
Information Sessions Link College to
Accounting For Yourself
The Challenge of Voluntary Accreditation
people have gathered in a meeting room at Rosseau
Lake College on a sunny October Sunday. Outside,
everyone else is admiring the fall colours. But these
eight educators an accreditation team from the
Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI)
barely have time to think about the scenery.
The Kidsmuse Project
surprised me was how many people were there during
their summer holidays," says Lori McBrien Ralph.
"Very exciting," Olga Kobylansky reports.
"It was a dynamic group of people." These
two were among the 500 elementary teachers from the
Greater Toronto Area who spent time this summer
cooped up inside the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Activ8 Hits the Mark
children are at risk. According to the Canadian
Medical Association, in the past 15 years obesity has
grown by more than 50 per cent in children aged six
to 11 and by 40 per cent in those aged 12 to 17.
Research also indicates that 40 per cent of children
aged five to eight are obese.
Teachers in the Vanguard
of the 21st Century
In Canada and around the world, the status of the
teaching profession is in decline, yet teachers and
education are central to global development. According
to UNESCO, the status of the teaching profession is
in decline and pay levels are diminishing everywhere.
Working conditions are no longer attracting the most
gifted to the profession, nor are they encouraging
the best teachers to remain.
in Special Education
the spring of 1996, the administration at Mount Hope
Public School in Mount Hope could see that special
education needs outstripped the capability of the
existing model a phenomenon many schools are
experiencing. Although the government promised not to
cut special education funds, if needs grow and
funding fails to keep pace the effect is the same.
A Successful Partnership
students in the French immersion program at Langstaff
Secondary School in Richmond Hill are listening
intently to a presentation by Canadas
commercial attaché to Mexico. The topic is
commercial and cultural exchanges between Canada and
Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA). Nothing out of the ordinary here, except
that the presentation is taking place at the Canadian
Embassy in Mexico City.
scénario pour un métier nouveau
God in the
and Political Ideas
Authoring in Our Schools
and pencil were once the primary communication tools
of young authors. Today, our students have a new set
of tools. Theyre accessing information and
creating presentations in a very powerful way, using
an ever-increasing variety of computer-based
multimedia sources, including encyclopedias,
databases, simulations and instructional software, as
well as the Internet.