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NLTA Policy Handbook

NLTA Policy and Procedures Statements


A. NLTA Membership               

  1. Active Membership
  2. Other Membership Categories
  3. Opting-Out Provision
  4. Deduction of Fees
  5. Principles of Professional Practice
  6. Membership Registration

B. Executive of NLTA

  1. Authority
  2. Guides to the Conduct of Executive Meetings
  3. Conflict of Interest Guidelines

C. Table Officers

D. President of NLTA

E. NLTA Financial Guidelines

  1. Annual Dues
  2. Special Funds – Emergency and Reserve
  3. Deduction of Annual Dues
  4. Donations, Community Sponsorships and Financial Support.
  5. Expense Claims
  6. Scheduling of Meetings/Activities
  7. Signing Officers for the Association
  8. Guidelines Re Additional Funding (Standing Committees)
  9. Requests for Funding in Excess of Budgeted Amount
  10. Toll Free Telephone Number
  11. Gifts
  12. Presidential Expenses
  13. Salary for Paid Executive Members During a Job Action
  14. Capital Equipment
  15. Use of NLTA Funds
  16. NLTA Investments

F. Staff of NLTA

G. The NLTA Building

H. NLTA Branches

  1. Organization and Operation
  2. Financing
  3. Branch By-Laws
  4. Quorum at Meetings
  5. Branch Representation at NLTA Functions
  6. Branch Responsibilities for Communications During Negotiations
  7. Voting Procedures on Provincial Package
  8. Guidelines for Branch Visitation/Contact
  9. School Board-Teacher Liaison Committees
  10. Scrolls for Retiring School Board Management Staff
  11. Past Presidents’ Pins

I. Joint Council

  1. Authority
  2. Regular Meetings
  3. Special Meetings
  4. Format and Agenda
  5. Parliamentary Procedures
  6. Communication with the Membership

J. NLTA Special Interest Councils

  1. Purpose
  2. General Administration
  3. Representation
  4. Membership in Councils
  5. The Executive
  6. Affiliates
  7. Council Responsibility, Programming and Communications
  8. Reporting
  9. By-Law Provisions
  10. Grant Allocations and Provincial Conference Funds
  11. Funding
  12. Dissolution
  13. Past Presidents’ Pins
  14. Guidelines for Special Interest Council Contact/Visitation

K. Committees of NLTA

  1. General
  2. Meetings
  3. Reporting

L. Biennial General Meeting (Convention)

M. Resolutions to the Biennial General Meeting

  1. Resolution Format
  2. Resolution Content
  3. Resolution Origin
  4. Submission of Resolutions
  5. Processing of Resolutions
  6. Presentation of Resolutions and By-Law Changes at the Convention
  7. The Resolutions Committee of Convention
  8. Report of Action on Resolutions

N. Professional Relations Disputes

O. Disciplinary Procedure

  1. Disciplinary Process
  2. Members Convicted of Child Abuse
  3. Disciplinary Committee
  4. Maintenance of Records
  5. Publicizing Case Summaries

P. Conferences

Q. Death of a Member

R. Relationship With Other Employee Groups

S. Association Awards

  1. Presentation of Provincial Awards Outside of BGM
  2. The Bancroft Award
  3. The Barnes Award
  4. The Allan Bishop Award
  5. The President’s Award
  6. The Special Recognition Award
  7. The Patricia Cowan Award for Support and Promotion of Education

T. Association Liaisons

  1. Provincial Liaison Groups
  2. Canadian Teachers’ Federation

U. NLTA Scholarships and Awards for Students

  1. The NLTA Medal to MUN Students
  2. NLTA Scholarships to Students
  3. NLTA Scholarship to MUN Faculty of Education Student

V. Election of President and Vice-President by Province-wide Vote

  1. Procedures for Conducting the Election
  2. The Electoral Committee

W. Land Acknowledgement


A. Communications Policy 

  1. Goals
  2. Internal Communications
  3. External Communications

B. Publications

  1. Publication Guidelines
  2. The Bulletin
  3. Information for Members
  4. Special Interest Council and Branch Publications
  5. Presidential Updates
  6. Executive Notes
  7. Other Educational Publications
  8. NLTA Website
  9. E-Mail
  10. Gender Identity/Expression Information on Surveys and Questionnaires
  11. Social Media

C. Printing Priorities

  1. Regular Publications
  2. Seasonal Publications
  3. Convention Materials

D. Public Relations

  1. Public Relations/Communications/Design Agency
  2. Advertising
  3. News Releases
  4. Janeway Day in the Schools

E. Political Action

F. Education Week

G. Release of Membership Information

H. Privacy

I. Audio-Video Recording of NLTA Meetings

J. Environmental Policy


A. Teacher Certification

B. Curriculum

C. Teacher Education

D. Teacher Evaluation

  1. Service Orientation
  2. Formal Evaluation Guidelines
  3. Conflict of Interest
  4. Access to Personnel Evaluation Reports
  5. Interaction with Person Being Evaluated
  6. Constructive Orientation
  7. Defined Uses
  8. Evaluator Credibility
  9. Functional Reporting
  10. Follow-Up and Impact
  11. Practical Procedures
  12. Collaboration
  13. Fiscal Viability
  14. Defined Role
  15. Work Environment
  16. Documentation of Procedures
  17. Valid and Reliable Measurement
  18. Systematic Data Control
  19. Bias Control
  20. Monitoring Evaluation Systems

E. Learning Resource Programs

F. Gender Equity in Education and in the Profession

G. French Programming

  1. Minority Language Educational Rights
  2. French as a Second Language Program

H. Student Support Services

I. Equality and Access of Opportunity

  1. General Policy
  2. Specific Policy

J. Length of the Kindergarten Day

K. Collegial Model/Association Membership

L. Interventions

  1. Definition of Intervention
  2. Considerations for Effective Interventions

M. Multiage Classrooms

N. Home Schooling

O. Assessment – Criterion Referenced Testing

P. Professional Development Programs

  1. Centennial Fund Awards
  2. Professional Development Fund
  3. Teachers Talking to Teachers Program
  4. Johnson Inc. Bursaries

Q. Accountability

  1. Defining Accountability
  2. Accountability as Shared Responsibility
  3. Professional Accountability
  4. Linking Accountability with the Vision and Goals of Public Education
  5. Focus on Student Learning
  6. Accountability and Reporting

R. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation/Expression

S. Technology in Education

T. Formation and Operation of School Councils


The Association accepts as its responsibility the protection, at all times, of the job security of its members. The Association will vigorously pursue avenues to provide for reassignment and/or retraining when such become necessary. [Aug/28-30/89] [1990 AGM]

A. Collective Bargaining

  1. Bargaining Agent
  2. Bargaining Units
  3. Costs Associated with Bargaining
  4. Procedures for Development of Opening Proposals
  5. Negotiating Team for Provincial Negotiations
  6. Communication with the Membership
  7. General Guidelines
  8. Membership Voting Requirements and Procedures
  9. Negotiations in Local Bargaining Units
  10. Administrators/Program Specialists and the Bargaining Unit

B. Job Actions

  1. Job Actions by Teachers
  2. Job Actions by Other Employee Groups

C. Contracts with School Boards

D. Grievance and Arbitration Cases

E. Group Insurance

F. Legal Assistance

  1. Basic Aim
  2. Procedure
  3. Policies
  4. Employment Insurance, WHSC, TPP Disability, Long Term Disability and CPP Disability Appeals
  5. Teacher Certification Cases
  6. Appeals Procedures

G. Pre-Retirement Counselling

H. Pensions

  1. General
  2. Right of Access
  3. Benefit Improvement
  4. Service Acquisition
  5. Interprovincial Transfer
  6. Pension Indexing
  7. Pension Integration

I. Salaries and Allowances

  1. Salaries
  2. Allowances
  3. Method of Payment

J. Summer/Night School and Supplementary Exam Compensation

  1. Night/Summer School Instruction
  2. Supplementary Examinations

K. Human Rights of Teachers

L. Substitute Teachers

  1. Substitute Teacher Pay
  2. Pensionable Service
  3. Paid Leaves
  4. Voting on Collective Agreements
  5. Collective Agreement Provisions
  6. Curricular Duties
  7. Hiring of Substitute Teachers
  8. Professional Development and Inservice Sessions
  9. School Board/School Web Access
  10. Substitute Teacher Kit
  11. Posting of Information from NLTA

M. Government/School Boards General Liability Insurance Policy

N. Medication/Medical Treatment/Health Support Procedures

O. Part-Time Teaching

P. Teacher Workload

  1. Instructional Day
  2. Teacher Workday
  3. Supervision
  4. Work Assignment
  5. Preparation Time
  6. Class Size
  7. Teacher Allocation
  8. Leave Provisions
  9. Bargaining Unit Duties
  10. School Secretarial Services

Q. Teacher Participation in Volunteer Food Programs

  1. Definition
  2. Preamble
  3. Policy Statements

R. School Board Consolidation

S. Auxiliary Personnel in Schools

T. Student Assistants

U. School Preparedness

V. Transfer of Teachers

W. Hiring of Teachers

X. Teacher Stress

Y. Cyberconduct and Cyberbullying

  1. Definitions
  2. Guiding Principles
  3. Education
  4. Roles and Responsibilities

Z. Financial Planning Sessions and Full-Day Financial Information Seminars

AA. Educational Finance

  1. General
  2. Revenue Sources
  3. Expenditure Allocation
  4. Public-Private Partnerships

BB. Teacher Allocations and Declining Enrolments

CC. Employment Equity

DD. Corporate/School Partnerships

EE. Programs and Curricula from Corporate Sources

  1. Programs/Curricula Offered Within the Instructional Day
  2. Programs/Curricula Offered Outside the Instructional Day, Which Meet the Outcomes of the Authorized Provincial Curriculum

FF. Construction, Renovation and Physical Conditions of School Buildings

  1. General Guidelines
  2. Site Selection
  3. Consultation Process
  4. Physical Design and Layout
  5. Quality of Teacher Life
  6. Quality of Student Life
  7. Health and Safety

GG. Child Abuse

HH. Harassment 


A. General

B. Membership Assistance