Rosters of Panellists
Applications for Council, committees and the rosters closed on September 30, 2021. Successful candidates were notified by December 1.
The Council, committee and roster members were announced publicly on December 23, 2021 on the College’s website.
Term start date: January 1, 2022.
Authority under the Act transfers from the TSO back to Council and committees on February 1, 2022.
The Ontario College of Teachers maintains rosters of panellists for five committees: Accreditation, Registration Appeals, Investigation, Discipline and Fitness to Practise.
Rosters of eligible panellists are maintained to support the work of the following committees by serving on panels:
Reviews and accredits teacher education programs offered by post-secondary educational institutions in Ontario. Teacher education programs are reviewed before they can be offered to teacher candidates, and existing programs are reviewed on a cyclical basis to confirm that they continue to meet standards and requirements. In the reviews, panel members examine documents submitted by the program provider and visit program sites when considering a program for initial accreditation or renewal. The panel interviews program faculty and stakeholders, examines materials, and reviews facilities and resources. Members of the public are always provided with an opportunity to offer feedback about the programs under review. After the review, the panel develops its report, and sets out its recommendations and the evidence it considered.
Conducts legal proceedings that are generally open to the public and rules on allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence by members of the teaching profession. A three-person panel receives evidence and submissions before reaching a decision that is supported by written reasons. If a panel finds that a member engaged in professional misconduct or is incompetent, it may make orders that include reprimands, the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s teaching certificate, suspensions or revocations. [Note: the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees share the same membership. Therefore, an appointment to the Discipline Committee will result in an automatic appointment to the Fitness to Practise Committee.]
FITNESS TO PRACTISE:
Conducts closed legal proceedings and rule on allegations related to a member of the teaching profession’s physical or mental capacity to carry out professional responsibilities. A three-person panel receives evidence and submissions before reaching a decision that is supported by written reasons. If a panel finds that a member is incapacitated, it may make orders that include the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s teaching certificate, suspensions or revocations. [Note: the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees share the same membership. Therefore, an appointment to the Fitness to Practise Committee will result in an automatic appointment to the Discipline Committee.]
Screens all complaints regarding members of the College and determine the appropriate outcome for those complaints. College staff investigate complaints and present the information gathered to a panel. The panel may decide to: refuse to further investigate; not refer a complaint and take no further action; issue a written reminder, advice, caution or admonishment; issue an oral caution or admonishment; adopt an agreement reached through the complaint resolution process; adopt an undertaking reached with respect to Teacher Performance Appraisals or an undertaking to resign and never to reapply; or refer the matter to Discipline or Fitness to Practise. The role entails reviewing significant volumes of material.
Reviews and rules on appeals from applicants who were denied College membership, or who had terms, conditions or limitations placed on their teaching certificate. Panels consider documentation provided by both the College and the applicant before rendering a decision supported by written reasons. Panels may also receive oral testimony from applicants.