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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.

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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 2006.

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ISSN 1206-8799

Editorial Board

Marilyn A. Laframboise (Chair)
Andrew Kane, Iain Munro, Patrick Slack, Jacques Tremblay


Richard Lewko


Philip Carter

Managing Editor

Joyce Mason

Associate Editor

Véronique Ponce

Photo Editor & Production Manager

Leata Lekushoff

Reviews Editors

Rosemary Kennedy (English), Lyse Ward (French)


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


Anne Arthur, Gabrielle Barkany, Tyler Brownbridge, Lois Browne, Tessa J. Buchan, Adam Buckley, Nadine Carpenter, Paul Chiasson, Ian Crysler, Kristen Dinsmore, The Dominion Institute, Gino Donato, Fred DuVal, Sandor Fizli, Patricia F. Goldblatt, Olivia Hamilton, Brian Jamieson, Teddy Katz, Donna Koller, Rhea Krause, Marilyn A. Laframboise, Leata Lekushoff, Gail Lennon, Kate Lushington, Frank McIntyre, Leanne Miller, Chris Sach-Anderson, Lynda Scarrow, Beatrice Schriever, Daniel Schugurensky, Anjana Thom, Kerry Walford, Patrick Woodbury, W. Douglas Wilson

Circulation Manager

Kerry Walford

Art Direction, Design & Production

RadonicRodgers Communications Inc.

Cover Photography

Ian Crysler


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