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.
At its meeting on March 3–4, College Council:
- welcomed newly appointed members Colleen Landers and James Knopp, both of whom were appointed by the provincial government to Council for three-year terms;
- received presentations from the Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes, the Ontario Principals’ Council and the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario about peer review in discipline matters;
- increased the memberships of the Discipline and Fitness to Practise committees to 15 members from 13 and seven, respectively, with the requirement that the same individuals hold office on each committee;
- referred the Conference Call Protocol for Council Member Participation at Council and committee meetings to the Executive Committee for study and report to the June 2–3, 2016, Council meeting;
- received the Registrar’s quarterly progress update on strategic priorities;
- received a quarterly report from Chair Angela De Palma;
- authorized Council’s Executive Committee to review policies affecting Council members’ professional development, travel and compensation;
- amended the College’s professional advisory on safety in learning environments to reflect recommendations in a coroner’s report and to acknowledge the roles and importance of coaches and volunteers in schools;
- approved using restricted cash in excess of $5 million to reduce the College’s mortgage at the earliest appropriate time;
- approved asking the Minister of Education to change some Additional Qualification course names in legislation as follows:
- That Council recommended to the Minister the French name of the Education préscolaire des élèves sourds ou malentendants Additional Qualification course be changed to Education préscolaire des enfants sourds ou malentendants in Schedule C of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation to align with the English-language name;
- the name of the English as a Second Language Additional Qualification course be changed to Teaching English Language Learners in Schedule D of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation;
- the name of the Librarianship Additional Qualification course be changed to Teacher Librarian in Schedule D of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation;
- an Additional Qualification course for Teaching and Leadership: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Settings be added in Schedule D of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation;
- the name of the Teaching First Nation, Métis and Inuit Children Additional Qualification course be changed to Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children in Schedule C of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation;
- the name of the Teaching Ojicree, Additional Qualification course be changed to Teaching OjiCree in Schedule C of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation; and
- the name of the Teaching Students Who Are Deaf-Blind Additional Qualification course be changed to Teaching Students Who Are Deafblind in Schedule D of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation.
- referred the Council spokesperson policy to the Executive Committee for further study and a report at the June meeting of Council;
- adopted a communications protocol to facilitate information requests from Council members through the College’s senior leadership team;
- amended its bylaws to enable the Quality Assurance Committee to assess the College’s strategic priorities in addition to its legislated objects and report annually to Council; and
- approved seeking changes to the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation to enable the Registrar to issue certificates after the payment of annual member fees.