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Media Advisory: Ontario College of Teachers hosts conference Inspiring Public Confidence

November 16 2012

November 16, 2012 (Toronto) – The Ontario College of Teachers Conference Inspiring Public Confidence will bring together leaders from education, the regulatory world and members of the public to discuss trending topics in education and self-regulation.

The conference features keynote addresses by Stephen Lewis, one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs and human rights and Wendy Mesley, the award-winning television host and reporter.

With 24 workshops, the internationally recognized line-up of presenters will address topics in three streams: professional regulation, acting in the public interest and effective practices and research in teacher education.

Workshops include:

  • The LeSage Report: Recommendations for Efficiency and Transparency in Self-regulation
  • The Boomer/Echo Boomer Face-Off
  • Taking Action to Create LGBTQ Positive Schools
  • Hunger and Hate Speech: Teaching Critical Thinking for Social Justice
  • And Nobody Came to the Funeral: The Quiet Death of the B.C. College of Teachers (1988-2011)
  • On Thin Ice: Maintaining Professional Boundaries.

The Inspiring Public Confidence award will be presented to an individual who works in the public education sector and has significantly contributed to the public’s confidence in Ontario education.

What:      Ontario College of Teachers Conference, Inspiring Public Confidence
When:     November 21 – 23, 2012
Where:    Sheraton Centre Toronto
                 123 Queen St. W., Toronto

Schedule overview:    

  • Stephen Lewis, opening keynote address, November 21, 7 p.m.
  • Inspiring Public Confidence Award presentation, November 22, 9:30 a.m.
  • Workshops, November 22, 9:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., November 23, 8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Wendy Mesley closing keynote address, November 23, 11 a.m.

A full conference schedule is available at www.oct.ca/conference

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The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates the profession of teaching in the public interest. It sets standards of practice and ethical standards, conducts disciplinary hearings and accredits teacher education programs affecting its 235,000 members in publicly funded schools and institutions across Ontario. The College is the only self-regulatory body for teachers in Canada.

For more information:

Gabrielle Barkany, OCT (bilingual)
416-961-8800, ext. 621
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 621

Tracy Huffman
416-961-8800, ext. 620
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 620

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