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Governing Ourselves


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 and Professionally Speaking, March 2007.

Letters to the editor and submissions on topics of interest to the profession are welcome. Unsolicited manuscripts cannot be returned.

ISSN 1206-8799

Editorial Board

Annilee Jarvis (Chair), Gabrielle Blais, Dean Favero, Michael Lesperance, Henry Tyndorf


Richard Lewko


Philip Carter

Managing Editor

Joyce Mason

Associate Editor

Véronique Ponce

Photography and Editorial Production

Leata Lekushoff


Rosemary Kennedy (English), Lyse Ward (French)


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

Print Production

Stephanie McLean, Simon Young


Fab Antonelli, Majella Atkinson, Gabrielle Barkany, Laura Barron, Lois Browne, Tessa J. Buchan, Adam Buckley, Nadine Carpenter, Don Cattani, Ian Crysler, Ramona Dempsey, Holly Dougall, Patrick Doyle, Fred DuVal, Marjan Glavac, Patricia Goldblatt, Kara Hamilton, Olivia Hamilton, Brian Jamieson, George Kraychyk, Ken Larose, Leata Lekushoff, David W. Livingstone, Brian McGowan, Ruth Miliken, Leanne Miller, Miramax Film Corp, Véra Nochtéva, Matthew Plexman, Michael Reist, Tom Sandler, Chris Sach-Anderson, Lynda Scarrow, Beatrice Schriever, Elke Town, Mark Villeneuve, Ross Virgo


Kara Hamilton

Art Direction, Design & Production

RadonicRodgers design+marketing

Cover Photography

Ian Crysler


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Annilee Jarvis


Danny Anckle, Gabrielle Blais, Paul Brazeau, Brian Doubleday, Dean Favero, Laura Featherstone, Rosemary Fontaine, Nick Forte, Helen Fox, Brent Hamelin, Gordon Hough, Garry Humphreys, Peter Joong, Andrew Kane, Sharon Young Kipp, Michael Lesperance, Lynne Mastin, Bill Matheson, Heather Nagy, Jacques Pavesi, Ruth Ann Penny, Tanya Roberts, Amin Saab, Pauline Smart, Tianna Travaglini-Babic, Jacques Tremblay, John Tucker, Henry Tyndorf, Donald W.A. Watson, Hanno Weinberger, John Wells


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Michael Salvatori, Membership Services Co-ordinator
Linda Zaks-Walker, Investigations and Hearings Co-ordinator

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