Dear QPAT Colleagues and Members,
I hope you were able to recharge your batteries during the vacation and are ready to start the new school year. At QPAT, we are ready to face the year and are anticipating a busy one. As you know, last fall the Education Minister Sébastien Proulx launched an extensive consultation leading to the adoption of a policy on educational success. He unveiled the main elements of the new policy in late June. As you will see, they are mainly composed of clearly defined guidelines and priorities, along with objectives for graduation and qualification between now and 2030. The next step will be to discuss ways of implementing the policy in order to achieve those objectives. To do this, the Ministry will set up working groups that will examine specific questions such as promotion of the value of the teaching profession and professional autonomy, modernization of educational structures, and learning evaluation methods. The Ministry will also start work to establish strategies and action plans to help give form to the guidelines and achieve the objectives.
As you know, QPAT was present at and involved in every step of the consultation process, to make sure your voice was heard. At a meeting with the Minister in late June, I had the opportunity to express many of our concerns, and to confirm that QPAT will be present at and play an active role on all the provincial tables. As part of this process, we will be calling on you and your local unions where necessary, to make sure we represent you properly. The issues that will be discussed are fundamental and are likely to lead to decisions that will affect everyone in the education sector for many years to come. It will be all the more important for us to be there at every step. We do hope that, this time, the Minister will follow through and will seriously consider the teachers’ viewpoints in the development of his policy.
In addition to taking an active role in the discussions, QPAT will continue to provide daily support for local unions. We will also address some labour relations matters, including the question of workplace conflicts, and will begin work on violence in schools.
As for our annual convention, we are proud to say that a program will be sent out shortly. It was made possible by the hard work of our committee of teachers, and we think it will interest you and address the diversity of your professional development needs. We hope to see many of you at the convention, which, we remind you, will be held this year at a new and more welcoming location, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal. You can expect to receive regular updates on all this work during the school year, as it develops.
In closing, I wish you all an excellent start to the 2017-2018 school year.