Policy Review 2020 - Professional Development

11.     Policy Procedures

A.   Authority

The NSTU determines policy administration in Standing Orders.

B.   Operational Principles

NSTU policy is:

I.    the Union’s official position on issues of significant weight to the membership;

II.   formulated with input from the membership;

III.  determined as a result of an Annual Council resolution;

IV.  stated in clear and concise language;

V.   recorded as a resolution in the official minutes of Annual Council;

VI.  published and updated as necessary;

VII. supplemented with position papers where appropriate; and,

VIII.  reviewed in a six-year cycle.

C.   Development

I.    Step One Identification

Using one or more of the following:

a.   resolutions to Council
b.   focus groups
c.   surveys
d.   public forums

II.   Step Two Data Collection

Using one or more of the following:

a.   literature research by staff/Standing Committee, ad hoc committee
b.   Local workshops
c.   Professional Association workshops
d.   questionnaires

III.  Step Three Confirmation

By resolution to Annual Council

D.   Parameters

I.    Definition

NSTU policy is a statement reflecting a goal, value or belief of the Union used to guide decisions of the organization.

II.   Role

An NSTU policy statement communicates the Union’s position on an issue. An NSTU policy statement provides the context for decision-making and action on an issue.

III.  Review

The review procedure will be conducted with the Provincial Executive in the fall of each year under the coordination of the Resolutions Committee Chair (or designate) and the staff liaison.

Reference: January, 2002

E.   Review Procedures

I.    Step One

Policy is forwarded to the appropriate NSTU Committee for analysis and recommendation.

II.   Step Two

The NSTU Resolutions Committee compiles step one results and provides the Provincial Executive with a set of recommendations concerning policies under review.

III.  Step Three

The Provincial Executive adopts resolutions to Annual Council regarding policies under review recommended for amendment or to be rescinded. Reaffirmed policy shall be so noted in the Guidebook along with the Provincial Executive meeting date on which the reaffirmation took place.

IV.  Step Four

When existing policy or action resolutions are amended, new words be in bold and deleted language be crossed out.

Reference: June 5, 2004; April 30, 2009, June 2011

F.   Classification and the Cycle of Review

2020     Professional Development
2021     General
2022     NSTU Governance
2023     Curriculum
2024     Economic Welfare and Working Conditions
2025     Government

G.  Documentation, Circulation and Communication

I.    NSTU policies shall be compiled in a single document of statements. Policy statements will generally not exceed 100 words.

II.   A cross-referencing system shall be included in NSTU Guidebook.

III.  NSTU Policy and Position Papers will be posted on the website.

IV.  Policy will be communicated using one or more of the following:

a.   Information Sessions
b.   Column in The Teacher

Reference: Provincial Executive, October, 1997, September 2013

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