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Education Minister Elizabeth Witmer announced the approval of the Accreditation Regulation and reiterated her commitment to the tougher curriculum, student testing and professional learning and support for teachers when she addressed Council at its December 12-13 meeting.
"A quality education
today is more important than ever before," said Witmer. "Think
of the number of students today that we serve that have high needs, think
about the cultural diversity of today - and responding to the needs of
those children and the growing expectations that parents have. Certainly,
the environment in which teachers work today is much different from what
it was even 10 years ago.
The new regulation will help ensure that teachers receive the same high quality teacher education across the province. As well, teachers already in the classroom will benefit from Additional Qualification courses that will be accredited to reflect the profession's standards of practice and the realities of today's classrooms.
"The new professional learning requirements are important and they do ensure that our teachers have a minimum level of upgrading in key topics such as student assessment and the use of technology for example," said Witmer.
"When I initially made my request (for improvements to the PLP), I was looking for some suggestions that could be achieved within the legislative framework. Unfortunately, most of the responses that were given to me were outside of the legislative framework.
"I know that the whole issue of recertification is one of the contentious issues; another one that I heard about is the number of prescribed courses and people wanting much more flexibility.
"I hope that we can continue to work together on the PLP. I would like to resolve this issue in a way that addresses the concerns that are out there. Hopefully we can move forward with providing teachers in the province with professional learning opportunities in much the same way as the other professional colleges have their programs and courses to assure quality."
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