Ontario English Catholic Teachers


Social Media: A "how to" guide for OECTA members

As an Association, we want to help members understand what benefits social media has to offer, and how you can best take advantage of them.

Appropriate and Professional Use of Electronic Communication

Always maintain exemplary professional standards when sending email messages to students, parents, colleagues (including friends), and administrators on board equipment. Be alert, aware, and responsible!

Building Positive Relationships with Parents

It is in everyone’s best interest to develop and foster positive and professional working relations with parents. This begins with effective communication, because most conflicts are a result of misunderstandings that could have been avoided.

Relationships: Appropriate and Professional

Maintaining professional standards of behaviour is essential for teachers. Your actions are under constant scrutiny, and cases of professional misconduct before the Ontario College of Teachers are on the rise. This brochure presents advice for members concerning their professional relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the employer.

Reporting Abuse: Teachers and the Child, Youth and Family Services Act

The Child, Youth and Family Services Act governs the protection of children in our society and identifies the responsibilities of individuals, including teachers, who might encounter abused children. This brochure outlines your responsibilities under the Act and what to do if you are contacted by the Children's Aid Society.

Managing Stress and Promoting Wellness

Teaching is one of the most demanding and most rewarding professions in our society today. However, many teachers are feeling increased pressure, and new sources and levels of stress, associated with their workplace.

Quick Tips for Managing Stress

Remember, you cannot control the actions of others, but you can control how you react to them. Build strategies that will work for you every day!

On Thin Ice: Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Each year, more teachers face investigations by the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), the police, and/or the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), as well as applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), following allegations of abuse, professional misconduct, and/or discrimination.

The On Thin Ice: Maintaining Professional Boundaries booklet, DVD, and workshop are designed to help you answer two important questions:

  • How can you avoid a false allegation?
  • What should you do if your conduct is under investigation?

Safety in School, What You Need to Know

The Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act (Bill 157), the Accepting Schools Act (Bill 13) and the Provincial Code of Conduct, outlined in Ministry of Education Policy and Program Memorandum (PPM) 128, all detail the roles and responsibilities of various school board staff in ensuring that Ontario’s schools are safe and welcoming spaces for everyone.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Program: Resources for Catholic Teachers

The Association and Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) have created a resource for Catholic teachers to consider when completing the Ontario College of Teacher's (OCT) Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP).