The Vancouver Sun

January 9, 2012. 3:41 pm • Section: Report CardSTAFF

The B.C. College of Teachers is now history, and a new teacher regulation branch of government opened its doors Monday. Find its website here.

The branch has issued a call for nominations of teachers from five regions to serve as members of a new 15-member B.C. Teachers’ Council. In addition to five elected members, the council will have three members appointed by the BCTF and seven selected by partner groups (trustees, superintendents, principals, parents, education deans, independent schools and first nations).

The deadline for teacher nominations is Feb. 1, 2012. Get details here.

The council will set standards for teachers. Nine of its members will also handle discipline issues, under the direction of a commissioner appointed by cabinet. That has yet to happen.

Staff from the former college have transferred to the ministry and will continue to process complaints and certify teachers, says a story in the Victoria Times Colonist.

**UPDATE: For the first time, independent-school teachers will be treated the same as public-school teachers. This is good news. Previously, discipline of teachers who were certified by the B.C. independent schools branch was not included in the B.C. College of Teacher (BCCT) public registry because those teachers were not BCCT members. This was not helpful. Nor were the uninformative reports by the independent schools branch, which you can find here.**

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By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun 

jsteffenhagen@vancouversun.com

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