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.

PL FUNDING

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. 

PLEASE NOTE that ETFO-YR:

  • 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 jsmalleyhiggs@etfo-yr.on.ca 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 jsmalleyhiggs@etfo-yr.on.ca 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.

ETFO-YR Workshops

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Call for Presenters – ETFO-York Region’s Professional Learning Committee is looking for active ETFO-YR members interested in sharing their skills and expertise with their colleagues. Recent experience in presenting workshops/courses designed for elementary educators is recommended.

Interested applicants should send their submission by email or via Board courier (ETFO-YR Aurora) to be received at the ETFO-YR office no later than December 9, 2022.
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January 11 and February 8, 2023 – ETFO’s Classroom Assessment that Works Workshops
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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

January 12, 2023 – ETFO Pregnancy and Parental Workshop
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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

November 24, 2022 – Retirement and Pension Planning Workshop
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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

November 23 and December 14, 2022 – ETFO’s Primary Inspire and Inquire Workshops
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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Provincial Events

Professional Learning Events

March 4

Learn about the nuts and bolts of community organizing at ETFO’s day-long workshop. Participants will consider the following:

  • What makes our organizing effective and sustainable?
  • What can we learn from others?
  • How can we be effective allies?

Learn more here. Registration closes February 6.

March 1 and 2

This Professional Relations Services conference focuses on rights and responsibilities related to professionalism and employment. This year’s theme is human rights and the associated rights and responsibilities of educators and features a keynote, workshops, and opportunities to network with other women members from across Ontario. There is a $50.00 registration fee.

Learn more here. Registration closes January 30. 

March 8–9

This exciting program will provide members who identify as women with the opportunity to explore concepts such as identity and positionality, privilege and marginalization, intersectional identities, and allyship. There is a $50.00 registration fee. Learn more here.

Registration opens February 1 and closes on February 15.

ETFO AQ Spring Updates

Register early at etfo-aq.ca, as courses fill up quickly. Spring registration opens on February 6.

ETFO AQ is proud to offer two new courses for the spring session:

Addressing Anti-Black Racism to Change Pedagogy and Practice, Part 1

ETFO is one of three providers to offer this course to support educators as they become leaders in anti-Black racism in Ontario. This AQ course was developed collaboratively through community consultation and will assist educators in addressing challenges faced by learners who identify as members of the Black community. It takes the whole community to dismantle discrimination and encourage transformational change.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples: Understanding Traditional Teachings, Histories, Current Issues, and Cultures, Part 2

ETFO is one of five providers to offer this course to support educators as they earn qualifications to teach Indigenous focussed content across various curricula. Check with your board to inquire about what subsidies might be available for AQ courses as you learn to integrate Indigenous knowledge across various curricula.

ETFO AQ Fees

Since 2010, ETFO’s fees for our AQ courses have remained the same. In the last few years, there have been significant increases in expenses for administering the ETFO AQ program. Effective February 6, 2023, course fees will increase from $650.00 to $685.00.

ETFO continues to have one of Ontario’s lowest AQ course fees compared to other course providers. We believe in and continue to support ETFO’s quality educational programming instructed by teachers like you.

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