STF strengthens teacher regulation
SASKATOON – Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation launched a new teacher regulation website, www.skteacherregulation.ca, today. The website contains information on the reporting of concerns and complaints regarding teacher conduct or competence at all levels of the public education system. It also includes public notice of upcoming Federation discipline hearings and disclosure of hearing outcomes including any penalties ordered or recommended.
“The new website is an important part of the Federation’s efforts to ensure our professional complaints process is open and transparent to the students, parents, community members and our partners in education,” said STF Executive Director Gwen Dueck. “In our September 2013 submission to the government, we committed to making administrative changes to address the perception of conflict of interest and improve awareness, accessibility and reporting of the Federation’s disciplinary processes, proceedings and outcomes.”
The website provides information on the shared responsibility for teacher regulation in our province, a step-by-step explanation of the Federation’s disciplinary processes and instructions for submitting a complaint.
In addition to the launch of the website, the Federation has implemented administrative changes including:
- Strengthening of processes and systems to receive and track phone calls regarding complaints of teacher conduct or competence.
- The creation of a new professional complaints committee which includes the appointment of two members of the public and three members-at-large of the Federation provincial executive to handle complaints. This measure provides increased public assurance in executive decision-making processes related to the handling of professional complaints.
Planning, development and implementation is also currently underway for a public information campaign for students and parents regarding accessing and participating in the Federation’s disciplinary processes. The campaign will be expanded in the fall to engage education leaders and partners such as principals, administrators and school community council members in elevating public awareness of the related processes and issues.