Professionally Speaking is published quarterly by the Ontario College of Teachers to inform its members about the activities and decisions of the College. The magazine provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to the future of teaching and learning, teachers' professional learning and standards of practice.

The views expressed in articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the College.

Reproduction, in whole or in part, of articles from this issue of Professionally Speaking is encouraged. Please credit the Ontario College of Teachers' Professionally Speaking, June 2005.

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ISSN 1206-8799

Editorial Board

Marilyn A. Laframboise (Chair) Iain Munro, Patrick Slack, Jacques Tremblay, Donald W.A. Watson


Richard Lewko


Philip Carter

Managing Editor

Joyce Mason

Associate Editor

Véronique Ponce

Editorial Assistant

Leata Lekushoff

Reviews Editors

Rosemary Kennedy (English), Véronique Ponce (French)


Julie Fournel, Caroline Fredericks, Véronique Ponce, Marie-Josée Roy


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Production Manager

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Cover Photography

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