Professional Learning Committee

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Workshop Registration Policy:

ETFO-YR Fair Distribution Policy (email registration with no required payment):

  1. For all registration requests received by 3pm on the (anticipated) 6th (sixth) day after the flyer has been picked up by the Board courier, names will be drawn by lottery; otherwise registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The cut-off date for the lottery shall be clearly indicated on the flyer

  2. For professional learning workshops (with release time), preference will be given to those members who have not already attended a release-time workshop in the current school year.

  3. Successful applicants and applicants on the waiting list will be notified.


ETFO-YR provides funding for the Professional Learning of its members, according to ETFO-YR Funding Policies. Funding Assistance is available in 2 different categories: ETFO-sponsored PL, and non-ETFO PL. Funding for ETFO-sponsored PL can be applied for once per school year (July 1 – June 30) and covers registration up to $200 (no expenses or supply coverage). Non-ETFO funding assistance is limited: up to $200 to cover the cost of registration only (no expenses or supply coverage), and you can receive non-ETFO funding assistance once every two (2) years. 

PLEASE NOTE that in both categories, the application for funding assistance must be received by ETFO-YR BEFORE the PL activity is completed. Also, please be aware that ETFO-YR will not provide funding assistance for AQ courses with a registration cost of less than $500. 


  • shall not provide PL Funding Assistance for PL Opportunities offered by the OPC;
  • shall not provide funding assistance for any AQ courses with a registration cost less than $500; and 
  • shall not provide funding assistance for AQ courses where members receive or are provided with a subsidy from another organization (this includes AQ’s where members can apply for the OTF AQ subsidy).

Funding Assistance for ETFO-Sponsored PL:

Print the (2022) Application for Financial Sponsorship to Attend ETFO PL form

Send the completed form to the ETFO-YR office in Aurora by Board courier, email or by fax (905-727-2637), ATTN: Jennifer Smalley Higgs. Your application will be processed and a letter will be sent to you by Board courier indicating the status of your application. Your application will be processed and a letter will be sent to you by Board courier indicating the status of your application.

Funding Assistance for non-ETFO-Sponsored PD:

Print the (2022) Application for Funding Assistance to attend a non-ETFO-Sponsored PL  form.

You will need to submit this completed form, along with a copy of the conference/workshop registration (showing price, date, title, etc.). Please note that the application form MUST be signed by your principal (he or she MUST indicate what, if any, monies you are receiving from the school, even if the answer is $0) in order for your application to be processed (this proves that you have asked the Board for PD funds).

Send the 2 forms listed above to the ETFO-YR office in Aurora by Board courier, email or by fax (905-727-2637), ATTN: Jennifer Smalley Higgs. Your application will be processed and a letter will be sent to you by Board courier indicating the status of your application. Your application will be processed and a letter will be sent to you by Board courier indicating the status of your application.

New ETFO-YR Member Lunch Programme

ETFO-YR Stewards have the opportunity to treat new ETFO-YR members to lunch.  Information about the programme, and the application form can be found in the Local Stewards Binder Insert.

Dependent Care Policy:

ETFO-YR will subsidize the dependent care costs of members who are required to attend meetings sponsored by the ETFO-YR outside of the regular instructional day, members who attend the ETFO-YR General Meeting, and members who attend the ETFO-YR Annual Meeting, subject to the Dependent Care policy. Dependent Care Expense Claim Forms will be available at the registration table for members who attend eligible meetings.

Provincial Events

Professional Learning Events

Generation Black: You’re Next!

Saturday, October 1

This public symposium, open to all, will address the urgency of recruiting Black teachers and the necessity of retaining Black educators to improve the representation of Black people in education. 

Register here.

The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Toronto. View this flyer for more info.

Indigenous Mentee Program

The Indigenous Women’s Mentee Program is a year-long opportunity for Indigenous women looking to explore union leadership opportunities, with an ETFO woman mentor, through the lens of Etuaptmumk, two-eyed seeing.

Please see the flyer for details. Registration closes September 30.

FNMI Mentoring Opportunity 

ETFO is calling for members who identify as women to be mentors for the Indigenous Women’s Mentorship Program. Mentors will have the added opportunity to engage in reconciliation-focused learning opportunities.

This year-long program is designed within an inclusive anti-oppression framework. Please see the flyer for details.

Registration closes September 30.

Mobilizing for Justice 

November 1, 2 and 3, 2022 and
May 4 and 5, 2023

With a focus on Connecting Classrooms to Community through Curriculum, this two-part program is an opportunity for women members to connect lesson plans, classrooms, and the curriculum to social justice movements, allyship, and organizing. Themes such as community organizing, intersectional feminism and anti-oppression, as they relate to the curriculum, will be examined.

Participants will be able to create lesson plans/curriculum units during this program, read more.

There is a $75 registration fee. Registration closes on October 6.

Think on Your Feet 

November 17 and 18, 2022

This two-day course, presented by global communications leader McLuhan & Davies Communications, will transform how ETFO women think, write, speak, and lead.

Registration opens September 30 and closes October 14.

Learn more here.  

Women’s Collective Bargaining Conference Level I

November 23, 2022
ETFO Provincial Office

This is an introductory-level workshop for women about the collective bargaining process and how to get involved in local bargaining.

To learn more, please read this flyer.

Registration closes on October 14 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Facilitators Call

ETFO is looking for facilitators interested in presenting at …and still, we rise: Women in Solidarity 2023.

Facilitators will be expected to develop and deliver a 75-minute workshop on the following themes: union leadership, school/community leadership, or political leadership. For criteria and access to the application, please go to ETFO Secure – Call for Writers and Presenters.

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