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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Monday, December 19, 2005

Elementary Supervision Committee
Article 37.01 Definition of Supervision Supervision shall be defined as the time teachers are assigned to supervise students outside of the 300 minute instructional day.

Article 37.02 Supervision Committee – Best Practices In September 2005, a Board/Association committee will be established to examine best practices relative to supervision schedules for teachers. It is understood that both parties agree to actively participate in a process to reduce the amount of supervision in the elementary panel. ... The committee met twice and outlined recommendations for “Best Practices” to reduce supervision time for January 6, 2006, where possible. Three principals and three teachers, along with Karen McDowell, Marg Darling, Barb and myself sat on the committee.
Last week principals were given the recommendations which are based on practices that have been successful in schools in reducing supervision time. Every reasonable effort is to be made to implement the results of best practices by January 6, 2006.

Article 37.03 … It is the intent of this clause to reduce teachers supervision time, not increase it, however it is realized that there may be a variance in the previous amount of supervision allocated to a teacher to ensure supervision time is distributed equitably in each school. In reviewing school schedules it was evident that supervision duties aren’t always assigned equitably, particularly for Kindergarten, FSL and resource teachers. This needs to be rectified.

Teachers are receiving a letter from the College of Teachers Registrar encouraging them to create a “private account” with the College. One concern with this is the request for the individual’s sin number. Many of the eight reasons given for creating the account are irrelevant (i.e. access personal certification information; receive the OCT newsletter on-line – both accessible already).
Included in the letter, members are informed that receipts for the $104 fee will only be issued upon request after registering, rather than being mailed to our home addresses.
Provincial Office is seeking a legal opinion on these issues. We are recommending you not proceed with creating this account until further direction is received from OECTA.

AGM 2006
If you are interested in being a delegate at the OECTA Annual General Meeting from Saturday, March 11 to Monday, March 13, 2006 in Toronto, please fax your request to the Unit Office by Thursday, January 12th. Delegates will represent both the permanent and occasional teachers in our Unit. The Executive will meet on Tuesday, January 17th to finalize the delegate list.

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