a teacher and graduate shake hands Regulatory Body to Guide Teacher Practice and Certification

Consult on options for a regulatory body to guide teacher practice and certification.

What's New

Between November 2022 and March 2023, the department conducted two rounds of engagement sessions with school administrators, teachers, students, parents and guardians. The sessions focused on identifying concerns and priorities related to the regulatory framework for teacher misconduct. The Regulatory Framework for Teachers Review: What We Heard from Sector Partners report (pdf document 265 KB) summarizes feedback received from sector partners.

The Commitment

In addition to the Action Plan commitment to explore options for a regulatory body to guide teacher practice and certification, the 2022 Speech from the Throne included a commitment to creating a teacher registry and an independent body to improve accountability and transparency related to educator misconduct in Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools.

What This Means for Manitobans

These consultations will inform an improved regulatory framework that will strengthen the response to teacher misconduct, including increasing transparency and accountability to contribute to safer schools for all students, parents/caregivers and staff.

What We’ve Done

  • Completed research on approaches to addressing teacher misconduct in other jurisdictions.
  • Consulted with stakeholders, including school administrators, teachers, students, advocates, parents and guardians, to inform the draft legislative framework for teacher misconduct.
  • Used stakeholder feedback to draft legislative amendments to The Education Administration Act. Bill 35 proposes the creation of an Independent Commissioner to investigate and respond to reports of teacher misconduct and incompetency, and a public registry of teachers to provide information on the status of a teacher’s certificate, to bring Manitoba in line with other provinces.

Next Steps

  • Continue stakeholder consultation as needed on the policies and guidelines that will support further implementation of the new Bill.

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