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ALL members of the College have now officially begun their first Professional Learning Program (PLP) cycle. Under the terms of the Stability and Excellence in Education Act, the College was required to inform all members whose PLP cycles didnt officially begin last fall.
Were pleased to see the numbers and variety of courses and activities available for College members growing so rapidly, says Rick Chambers, manager of the Professional Learning Unit of the College.
More than 300 providers across the province currently offer 1,300 professional learning activities for PLP credit. Well continue to put our energies into ensuring that each member has a wide range of choices in designing their personal program of professional learning.
The College implemented the program in two stages, notifying 40,000 College members and new graduates in 2001 that they had been randomly chosen to begin the program.
In early July, the College notified the balance of the membershipabout 130,000 teachers, principals, private school teachers, superintendents, teachers who work for the Ministry of Education or the College of Teachers and anyone who needs a teaching certificate to do their jobthat their first Professional Learning Program cycle would begin September 1, 2002 and end December 31, 2007.
Whatever the beginning or end date of your PLP cycle, if you completed approved professional learning courses since June 30, 2001, you can receive PLP credit for them, says Chambers. Were continuing to stress that message to both College members and course providers.
Many College members spend a good part of their summer taking Additional Qualification (AQ) courses and this past year has been no exception. The Ontario Institute Studies in Education of the University of Toronto reports that enrolment in its AQ courses was up 30 per cent over the previous year. Each AQ earns
Its very encouraging to see teachers continuing to make the professional learning choices they have always made and be eligible to receive additional benefits in the form of professional learning credits," says Chambers.
Members can also earn one or more credits in a variety of activities that include research, conferences, workshops, summer institutes, networking and mentoring, committee work and many other professional contributions.
The most up-to-date information about the PLP and approved providers and courses is always available at www.oct.ca > Professional Learning Program.
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