TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The self-regulatory body for Ontario's
teaching profession has issued a professional advisory on safety in
learning environments to help inform teachers' professional judgment to
keep students safe.
The College will host symposiums in schools in four Ontario communities
beginning today in Toronto to release the advice, share research and to
encourage dialogue about school safety.
The symposiums will include presentations from experts about research on
lockdown enhancements, violence prevention, use of social media in a
school crisis and an overview of what is happening now in Ontario
schools to keep students safe.
"Safety in Learning Environments: A Shared Responsibility sets out a '4Rs for safety' framework to help members recognize responsibilities and dangers, respond professionally, report incidents properly and reflect to prevent future occurrences," explains College CEO and Registrar
Michael Salvatori, OCT.
The advisory and a backgrounder are available on the College's website.
The College has a legal duty and an ethical obligation to the public to
educate its 237,000 members.
"The advice will help teachers think, act and collaborate in ways that
keep students safe," says College Deputy Registrar Joe Jamieson, OCT,
who led the document development. "The advisory informs professional
judgment and reminds us that safety is a shared responsibility.
Everyone is accountable."
The advisory provides advice within the education context and is rooted
in the teaching profession's ethical standards and standards of
"We are keen to demonstrate to the broader community in Ontario that
student safety in all learning environments is top-of mind for the
profession. This document encourages greater awareness and dialogue
within the entire school community, which includes police, parents and
social service providers," says College Council Chair Liz Papadopoulos,
"Ontario's police leaders are proud of the work that has been done in
partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education, school boards, and
our educational partners to develop strong protocols for a school
lockdown process that we feel is second-to-none," says Chief Steve
Tanner, President of The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. "We
are also always willing to take part in dialogue and to consider
options within the Canadian context that could lead to further
enhancements when it comes to the safety of our children and students
Members of the media are welcome to attend the symposiums.
May 22, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Le Collège Français
100, rue Carlton, Toronto
Michael Salvatori, OCT, CEO and Registrar
Joe Jamieson, OCT, Deputy Registrar
Liz Papadopoulos, OCT, Council Chair
Chris Buck, former Toronto Police Services detective sergeant
Stu Auty, President, Canadian Safe School Network
Dr. Amy Klinger, teacher, researcher and author of In Search of Safer Schools
Amanda Klinger, teacher, lawyer and member of Students Against Violence
Ottawa - May 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Notre Dame Catholic High School
710 Broadview Avenue, Ottawa
London - May 24, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
John Paul II Catholic Secondary School
1300 Oxford Street E , London
Thunder Bay - May 27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sir Winston Churchill CVI
130 Winston Churchill Drive, Thunder Bay
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 more than 237,000
members in publicly funded schools and institutions across Ontario. The
College is the only self-regulatory body for the teaching profession in
SOURCE: Ontario College of Teachers
For further information:
416-961-8800, ext. 655
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 655
Gabrielle Barkany, OCT (Bilingual)
416-961-8800, ext. 621
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 621