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Inspiring the Future: The New Teacher's Guide to the Law, Second Edition
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The legal dynamic between teachers and students is constantly shifting. Inspiring the Future: The New Teacher’s Guide to the Law, Second Edition will help you to clearly define the classroom limitations of both parties, allow you to confidently outline precedents and illuminate the many facets of education law.

A critical resource for procedure in Canadian education law

Legal risks are everywhere in the educational world: from safety concerns to tone of voice; search and seizure rights to cultural sensitivity. Teachers, principals and administrative staff can all be held liable for a range of conduct violations; assist your client in avoiding them by using our extensive list of real-life case studies, which range from finding a knife at recess to alleviating tension in a parent-teacher relationship.

Inspiring the Future: The New Teacher’s Guide to the Law, Second Edition will give you the confidence and tools you need to navigate the ever-changing realm of education law.

This book is a complete and definitive source on all aspects of Canadian law as it applies to the field of education. It offers an understanding of conflict, powerful communication and mediation tools, context-specific examples and case studies, as well as a five-step resolution process.

This publication addresses such topical and sensitive issues as:

  • Liability regarding student injuries
  • Student freedom of expression
  • Student due process and discipline
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Parental harassment and difficult parents
  • Cyber-bullying and social media
  • Search and seizure
  • Labour issues and employee rights within the education system
  • Teachers’ academic freedom
  • Special education and ESL learners
  • Discrimination and harassment

New in this edition

The Second Edition includes new and updated sections on the following topics:

  • Harassment, Social Media, Bullying and Cyberbullying and Sexting
  • Student Searches, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, LGBTQ Pupils and Sex Education
  • Human Rights, Freedom of Religion and Religious Accommodation
  • Professional issues related to Suicide, Smoking, Invasion of Privacy, and Getting Fired
  • Teachers Relationships and Collegial Conflicts
  • The Law of Negligence
About the Author

Nick J Scarfo, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Dr. Scarfo earned his doctorate at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he is the Chair of Admissions for the Master of Teaching degree program. He has taught courses in law and ethics at OISE since 2002 as well as the Principal Qualification Program and he has presented at numerous international conferences on educational law and e-learning. Most recently he presented at the International Conference on Education in Greece and in Hawaii and at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) in Rome Italy. He is currently researching the legal and ethical impact of critical incidents on beginning teachers. 

Marvin A. Zuker was appointed a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978.  He retired in December 2016.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  He holds the rank of Associate Professor at OISE/UT where he has taught Education Law since 1982.


Mr. Zuker is the author and co-author of several books, including Canadian Women and the Law and The Law is Not for Women, co-authored with June Callwood; Ontario Small Claims Court Practice (published since 1981 to the present); Education Law, co-authored with Anthony Brown (4th edition 2007); Consulting Editor, Sexual Misconduct in Education: Prevention, Reporting and Discipline with Grant Bowers and Rena Knox (2d. ed. 2006); and Children’s Law Handbook, Zuker and Kerwin(3rd ed. 2015).  He lectures frequently on a number of education law issues and serves on the Editorial Board of the “Education and Law Journal,” the “Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education,” and “Risk Management in Canadian Education.” He is the co-author of An Educator’s Guide to the Law and the Ontario College of Teachers, published by Canada Law Book in 2013.

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