This anonymous guest blog post comes from a new Ontario teacher who seems to have suffered a terrible injustice under the Ontario NTIP [New Teacher Induction Program]. It's being shared to begin a dialogue about how new teachers can be manipulated and terminated by abusive principals with the power of the entire school boards behind them. Please share this story, and share your thoughts in the Comment section.
NTIP. The New Teacher Induction Program, an idea brought in by the Liberal government under Dalton McGuinty was intended to replace the OTQT (Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test) as a supportive stepping stone to help new teachers to gain valuable classroom experience and be evaluated in their first contract teaching assignments. The concept had merit, where supports were in place to help struggling teachers deal with the day to day grind of the classroom, planning, assessment and evaluation, as well as classroom management. The successful teacher would be required to successfully complete two teacher performance appraisals within a school year (two school years if there was an unsatisfactory or development needed rating).
In Ontario there are very few “new” (as in fresh out of a college of education) teachers. In truth it now takes years in some cases for a teacher to be considered for a supply list. Once hired, you and you alone are responsible for making a name for yourself- marketing what you can do, seeking out as much professional development as possible, while simultaneously taking Additional Qualification courses to help bump up the pay categories in the hope that when you land your first LTO you will be in a better financial position. NTIP assumes you’re a new graduate- which after spending seven to 10 years on a supply list can feel insulting, but in education you have to check your hurt feelings at the door. It’s showtime, and this is the call you’ve been waiting for for years.
In my case I spent seven years on the supply list. I taught every grade from JK to grade 12. I wanted to ensure I’d be at the top pay grade so I took additional qualification courses. I decided to get my qualifications in subject areas that interested me such as music, technology, and French. After several successful ratings in my LTOs, and far too many interviews to remember my chance finally came.