French-language services report
Making steady progress
The College has completed its review of services in French and released its report, along with a three-year plan.
Lise Roy-Kolbusz, the Deputy Registrar of the College and Acting Co-ordinator of French-Language Services, commented, “Members of the College, the various French-language school boards, the College and our staff have demonstrated exemplary commitment. The positive contribution made by everyone is encouraging for the future and for the enhanced quality of French-language services within the College.”
The College has made many improvements over the past 12 months in areas such as services to members, information technology and French-language publications.
Pour parler profession, the French edition of Professionally Speaking, was analyzed in greater depth to ensure that it continues to reflect the challenges and realities of the Franco-Ontarian education community.
The College continues to participate in career fairs in Ontario and Québec to remedy the shortage of French-speaking teachers. As well, the annual Transition to Teaching study has raised awareness of the need for more teachers of French and French as a Second Language.
To consult the Annual Review of French-Language Services 2007, visit our web site at www.oct.ca.
The Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) has released a set of 12 supervisory standards that it says will provide “reasonable, comprehensive and prudent” supervision in schools.
The standards are designed to be used for supervision “during recess, lunchtime, transition between classes, before and after school, in hallways and in cafeterias,” the OPC said in a news release.
The guidelines maintain that only trained staff should be assigned to supervise and that supervision should not interfere with instruction time. The standards also provide guidelines for student-to-supervisor ratios and for times when junior and intermediate students are being supervised together.
The standards are based on good practices followed in other jurisdictions, said OPC president Blair Hilts.
He called on the provincial government to endorse the standards and provide resources for their implementation.
The complete standards are available on the OPC web site at www.principals.on.ca.
web site launch
Last fall's symposium, Pour nous inscrire dans l'avenir, in Ottawa unveiled an action plan for the implementation of the Aménagement linguistique policy and a new Internet site in support of the program.
Those who were unable to attend can now find a report on the event and video highlights online, including the presentations by Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert and Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser.
All 12 Ontario French-language school boards have introduced initiatives this year – television productions, oral and song contests, cultural and social events – designed to recruit and retain students in francophone schools.
The initiatives are part of the implementation phase of the Aménagement linguistique policy introduced by the McGuinty government in 2004. The policy sets guidelines for all institutions in Ontario providing French-language education. The objective is to enrich students' communication skills, strengthening their cultural identity and supporting teachers' efforts to deliver high-quality programs.
To view the site visit www.curriculum.org.
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Brochures designed for educators on Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes are available at www.sads.ca.
SADS is a group of heart and heart-rhythm abnormalities that can cause sudden death. The brochure from the SADS Foundation explains warning signs and points out what educators can do to help. See Dead Faint in the March 2006 issue.
TFO goes solo
TFO, the French-language twin of TVO, became independent on April 1.
TFO now has a board of directors that is separate from TV Ontario's, chaired by Gisèle Chrétien, a former member of the TVO board and former president of Collège Boréal in Sudbury.
The TFO mandate remains the same – to support French-language education and culture in Ontario. TFO produces educational materials that are used regularly in Ontario classrooms.
The province will provide a one-time grant of $15.4 million to cover the costs of the transition, including relocation, start-up expenses and converting from analog to digital.
The Ontario government will continue to provide the usual annual grant of $15 million per year to TFO, whose budget also includes $6 million from the federal government and revenue from cable subscribers.
Delegations visit the College to share and gather information on a range of education issues, including accreditation, qualifications and standards of practice.
Jobs for new teachers
New teachers now eligible for US program
Starting in August, the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF) is expanding to include new Canadian teachers and recent teacher grads who are qualified to teach elementary school or subjects such as French, Spanish and Mandarin, English as a Second Language, math or science.
Currently, more than 100 Canadian teachers are participating in VIF. They work in US schools as full-time teachers and serve as cultural ambassadors to educate American students about Canada.
For information on VIF, visit www.vifprogram.com.
British doctors lose some powers
The self-governing body for British doctors will have its powers severely rolled back and doctors will face recertification requirements as the British government responds to a series of medical scandals.
The General Medical Council (GMC), which registers doctors to practise in the UK, will lose its right to rule on fitness to practise complaints against its members. The Council will continue to investigate complaints about doctors, but the penalty in cases where guilt is established is likely to be set by an independent body.
The proposed changes will also relax the standard of proof necessary to prove allegations against GMC members.
The GMC's 35-member governing body, which currently has 14 lay members, will have to increase the number to equal that of medical professionals. Senior doctors will have to undertake a recertification process every five years, and a stricter system of issuing death certificates will also be introduced.
Eight other health-professional regulatory bodies will face similar changes.
In 2004, the government set up an inquiry into self-regulation by medical professionals in response to cases such as Dr. Harold Shipman, who is believed to have murdered more than 200 people over 23 years. The inquiry concluded that the GMC was more interested in looking after doctors' interests than the public interest.
The College hosts employer conferences. Some speakers take part via videoconference.
Deaf-Blind Awareness Month
2 – Canadian Forces Day
3–9 – Canadian Environment Week
3–10 – National Water Safety Week
4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5 – World Environment Day
6 – Clean Air Day
8 – World Ocean Day
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – National Aboriginal Day
21 - July 1 – Celebrate Canada!
24 – Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
27 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day
1 – Canada Day
11 – World Population Day
15 – 22 – National Drowning Prevention Week
6 – Simcoe Day
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
12 – International Youth Day
23 – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
Breakfast for Learning Month
SADS Awareness Month
8 – International Literacy Day
28 – Terry Fox National School Run Day
16–23 – AIDS Walk for Life Week
International Day of Peace
For other international observances visit www.un.org and click on Conferences & Events to the left of the UN logo, or try www.unac.org.