Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. 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.
Ontario is no longer the only province in Canada to have a self-regulatory body for the teaching profession. The Registered Teachers Act has established the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB). According to the new legislation, the SPTRB is mandated to “serve and protect the interests of students, teachers and the public.”
The SPTRB will oversee teacher certification and discipline related to misconduct and incompetence to ensure fairness and increased transparency. The board consists of nine directors including seven registered teachers and two members of the public.
Previously, the Ministry of Education certified and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS) disciplined teachers in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Education Minister Don Morgan worked with education stakeholders including the STF, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the LEADS to create the SPTRB.
The Saskatchewan structure is meant to honour the public trust and serve the province. It is expected to begin operations this fall.