organizational accomplishments from 2016-2017

Octe members, volunteers and the executive work hard to provide support for and raise the profile of Technological Education in Ontario. The following is a summary of accomplishments over the last school year:

  • Presented to the Nova Scotia School Insurance Program on the safety resources
  • French versioning for the SÉCURIdoc and SÉCURINET completed
  • Partnered and consulted with the Technological Education Consortium of Ontario (TECO) regarding the proposed two-year technological teacher education program at Brock University
  • Conducted a survey directed at the current and future status of technological education
  • Consulted with the Teaching Policy & Standards Branch of the Ministry of Education regarding the future potential shortage of Technological Educators
  • Developed "toolSAFE" resources (lessons and video) for 60 different pieces of equipment or process
  • Attended the Skills Summit regarding future industry requirements
  • Created 3 new bursaries for the OCTE awards
  • Partnered with Skills Ontario to develop a Skilled Trades related colouring book for students in grades K-6
  • Sponsored a coffee house for elementary and secondary teachers at the annual Skills Ontario competitions in Waterloo
  • Planned and conducted the annual May conference; theme this year was Setting Standards – Practising Safe Tech
  • Collaborated with the Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO), to provide a dedicated elementary day with workshops focused on Science & Technology and MakerSpace
  • Continued to support the community by delivering the annual OCTE donation to the Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • Collaborated with the Ministry of Education and planned the first technological education board leads conference around the theme of Developing Leadership
  • Redeveloped the website to better serve all educators

On-going initiatives:

  • Met with the Ontario College of Teachers Membership Services to discuss adding credentials on the OCT website for teachers who only have a diploma in education
  • Continued collaboration with other subject associations, such as OCEA, STAO, OCPA, CGTAT, and OYAP, with a focus on the sharing of resources and information
  • Continued representation at the Ontario Teachers’ Federation subject association meetings
  • Ongoing development of a framework for promoting companies on the OCTE website