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 Professional Boundaries: It’s All About Right and Wrong – Right? - October 12, 2021- CANCELLED
Professional Boundaries: It’s All About Right and Wrong – Right?

Date: Tuesday October 12, 2021.

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. EDT

Fee: $150.00 + $19.50 HST = $169.50

Presenter: Dr. Troy Hutchings

Description: It’s not quite that simple. As convenient as it might be to articulate professional boundaries with binary terms like “right” or “wrong,” our work as educators demands a far more nuanced approach. The schooling environment may appear to be a stronghold of standardization and homogeneity with steadfast boundaries, but practitioners face an extraordinary number of ambiguous situations with decision-points that are as varied and unique as the students and families they serve. Educators’ roles are not clearly defined – often with ascribed expectations that far exceed the delivery of classroom content. And within that space, it’s rarely about boundary absolutes, but rather how to best navigate the gray.

Through authentic case studies, video clips, and engaging models-of-understanding, this interactive workshop will challenge traditional assumptions by exploring the complexities of professional decision-making within the situational and systemic variables that contribute to professional risk and vulnerability.

 

Troy Hutchings researches, writes, and speaks in the areas of professional ethics, educator misconduct, and frameworks for an ethical and legal teaching practice. He presents to various state and national policy and practitioner groups across the United States and Canada. Hutchings also provides expert witness testimony in judicial hearings; collaborates on policy initiatives with state, federal and provincial agencies; and has been the subject matter expert on a variety of national projects dealing with educator ethics including the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics. 

His contributions to the field of professional practices were recognized nationally when he received the 2009 Annual Doug Bates Award and gave the associated lecture. He was also named the 2016 Anna Funk Lockey Annual Endowed Lecturer, joining international education notables Sir Ken Robinson, Theodore Sizer, Albert Shanker, Jonathon Kozel, Diane Ravitch and others who have been honored with this award. Hutchings has been interviewed by numerous national and state media outlets and his work has been prominently featured in professional publications.

 Dr. Hutchings is the Senior Policy Advisor for the National Association for the State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). He has a record of full-time teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities at the university level spanning 15 years, and has also served as a high school teacher, administrator and coach in public and private schooling environments for an additional 16 years. In addition, he spent four years conducting research, creating resources and developing thought-leadership capacity in educator ethics for a non-profit educational assessment company.

 Conflict Resolution Workshop - February 2022

Conflict Resolution Workshop

Date: To be Determined

Time: 

Presenter: Colin Fleming

Description: Principals and vice-principals work in diverse and dynamic environments, engaging in countless interactions each and every day with people from numerous stakeholder groups. A natural consequence of such interactions is that our Members can and often do face challenging situations where conflict with students, parents, community members, staff, peers and supervisors can arise. 

This interactive workshop will aim to provide some basic insights and tools to assist school and system leaders in resolving conflicts.  By practising snd applying these tools on a consistent basis, individuals who find themselves managing conflicts will increase their likelihood of reaching resolutions with dignity and interests preserved to the greatest extent possible.
Registration for this workshop will be available soon.

Colin Fleming: Colin is an educator with 31 years of experience whose career has included teaching and administrative roles in both the elementary and secondary panels. The last four of his nine years as a principal were in a central capacity with the Toronto District School Board as a Safe and Caring Schools Administrator. Colin held system-level leadership portfolios for Threats to School Safety and Threat Assessment. He is certified as a trainer with the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response and has trained administrators, superintendents, police officers, social workers and psychologists in Level 1 Threat Assessment.

In August of 2011, he joined the OPC as a Protective Services Team Consultant, providing advice and counselling to our Members about professional and legal issues, and supports them through investigations and hearings. He also presents legal issues workshops for local OPC groups, PQP and SOQP candidates. 

In 2017, Colin completed the Executive Certificate in Conflict Management through the Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto, receiving his certification from Windsor Law School. He holds a Masters in Education from York University and a Supervisory Officer's Certificate from the OPC.