Our Partners in Catholic Education

We have strong relationships and the support of many Catholic partners including: 

Bishops, Trustees, Teachers, Principles, ICE, Bishops, and the Ministry of Education

  • They respect our voice
  • They provide financial support
  • They invite us to their tables and we are happy to accept
  • They assist in promoting the OAPCE Annual Conference

Who are these groups?     What do they do?     How do they support OAPCE?

Trustees

www.ocsta.on.ca

They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, bringing the issues and concerns of their constituents to board discussions and decision making. Board Trustees are elected every four (4) years during the municipal election. Student trustees are elected by their peers on an annual basis.

Our Trustees are accountable to our school community for the decisions made by the Board. They are available and accessible to the public to address concerns from the community with respect to Board policies and procedures. They also act as ambassadors for the system, officiating and speaking at school openings and events. Trustees are ombudspersons for students and community members, advocating a wide range of issues regarding Catholic education.

OCSTA (Ontario Catholic School Trustee Association) is a powerful lobby for Catholic education. They monitor government activity, contribute to the decision-making process, liaise with all provincial political parties, and respond to issues affecting Catholic education. An integral part of OCSTA’s mission is the support of activities and initiatives that enhance the Catholic dimension of our school system.

OCSTA sits at the Institute for Catholic Education table to discuss issues and events with other ICE members.

OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association)

www.oecta.on.ca

OECTA promotes the professional and contractual welfare of teachers, promotes the principles of Catholic education, and defends the constitutional rights of the Catholic school system in Ontario.

OECTA sits at the Institute for Catholic Education table to discuss issues and events with other ICE members. They sponsor a part of our annual Conference.

CPCO (Catholic Principals Council of Ontario)

www.cpco.on.ca

The Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO) is a voluntary, professional organization that serves the principals and vice-principals in Ontario's 29 publicly-funded Catholic school boards. CPCO is an advocate for a strong Catholic school system in the province of Ontario. It is the leading Catholic educational association in Canada, delivering high quality professional learning through the Catholic lens for Catholic school leaders.

CPCO sits at the Institute for Catholic Education table to discuss issues and events with other ICE members. They sponsor a part of our annual Conference.

OCSBOA (Ontario Catholic Schools Business Officials Association)

www.ocsboa.ca

OCSBOA works collaboratively with the partners in Catholic education to foster members' professional development and networking, promote effective best management practices, and support Gospel values in service of Catholic education.

OCSBOA is a Catholic education partner established to support the professional development and networking of committed and compassionate school board business practitioners who demonstrate compassion and servant leadership their God-given talents and best, ethical practices in service of our students, Gospel values and protection of Catholic education. 

OCSBOA sits at the Institute for Catholic Education table to discuss issues and events with other ICE members. They sponsor a part of our annual Conference.

ICE (Institute of Catholic Education)

www.iceont.ca

The Ontario Institute for Catholic Education brings together, works with, and assists organizations that share responsibility for English Catholic education in their efforts to promote and maintain publicly-funded Catholic schools animated by the Gospel and reflecting the tenets of the Catholic faith.

ICE contributes to curriculum, professional development, research and renewal.

OAPCE sits at the table to discuss issues and events with the other ICE members. We also sit on the ICE Curriculum Committee where discussions occur about Catholic curriculum in our schools

Bishops (Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario)

www.acbo.on.ca

By its very nature, the ACBO is a forum where the Bishops of Ontario reflect together and collaborate on projects to proclaim, celebrate and live the Good News of Jesus Christ in our province. It is an instrument of the collegiality that binds Bishops with each other under the leadership of the Bishop of Rome in a common purpose, a common mission, a common faith.

The ACBO is one of four regional assemblies of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is located in Ottawa. The CCCB is the national association of all Catholic Bishops of Canada.

ACBO sits at the Institute for Catholic Education table to discuss issues and events with other ICE members.

Ministry of Education (Parent Engagement Office)

www.parentinvolvement.ca

The Parent Engagement Office was established to develop and implement parent engagement initiatives that support student achievement and well-being across the province.  It was recently aligned with the inclusive Education Branch of the Ministry, recognizing parent engagement as an essential component of Ontario Equity and Inclusive Educational Strategy.

Includes: the Parent Reaching Out Grants, requirements for PIC (Parent Involvement Committee), and Ontario Parent Engagement Policy.

OAPCE receives funding from the Ministry in a form of a Grant yearly. We also apply for a Parents Reaching Out Grant for the Conference. We sit at numerous Working Tables at the Ministry as the voice of Catholic parents.

Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association (OCSOA)

www.ocsoa.ca

This Association is an incorporated professional association of Catholic Supervisory Officers dedicated to furthering the interests of Catholic education and promoting the professional development and welfare of its members.

OCSOA sits at the Institute for Catholic Education table to discuss issues and events with other ICE members. They sponsor a part of our annual Conference.

Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario (CEFO)

www.cefontario.ca

CEFO recognizes and promotes: the distinctive contribution of Catholic Education to society; the rights and obligations of parents as primary educators; the pastoral responsibilities of the Church; the duty of the state to promote the temporal welfare; the competencies of professional educators and elected representatives; and the accomplishments of educators and students in Catholic schools.

OAPCE is a member of this Association and sits at the discussion table.

Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

www.oct.ca

The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates Ontario’s teaching profession in the public interest. It sets standards of practice and ethical standards, conducts disciplinary hearings and accredits teacher education programs affecting its 235,000 members in publicly funded schools and institutions across Ontario. The College is the only self-regulatory body for Teachers in Canada.

OAPCE attends meetings and/or conferences and has continuing dialogue concerning Catholic education.

Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF)

www.otffeo.on.ca

The Ontario Teachers’ Federation represents all teachers in the province’s publicly funded schools. We are the unifying voice safeguarding their profession, pensions and public education.

OAPCE attends meetings and/or conferences and has continuing dialogue concerning Catholic education.

Ontario Student Trustees Association (OSTA)

www.osta-aeco.org

Mission: We are advancing the student vision.  As student trustees, we are elected by our peers to bring the student voice to district school board tables. Through a non-binding vote, we present the student perspective to improve the quality of education in schools across the province.

OAPCE attends meetings and/or conferences and has continuing dialogue concerning Catholic education.

Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association (CCSTA)

www.ccsta.ca

CCSTA works closely with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic organizations and the federal government to enhance and promote Catholic education. The Association also provides assistance to Catholic school trustees and parents so they can fully participate in the Catholic education process in their communities. In addition to its commitment in advocating for the faith formation of our children, CCSTA also provides opportunities for school trustees, staff and supporters of Catholic education to deepen their faith. One way in which the Association does this is through its publications and documents, which may be viewed under the Resources tab on this website.

OAPCE attends meetings and/or conferences and has continuing dialogue concerning Catholic education.

Catholic Curriculum Corporation (CCC)

www.catholiccurriculumcorp.org

The CCC ‘s mandate is to build and sustain the Catholic capacity of educators through the development and provision of high quality Catholic curriculum, resources, support and professional development.

OAPCE attends meetings and/or conferences and has continuing dialogue concerning Catholic education.