Professional Learning Committee

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Professional Learning Committee

  • Chair – Jennifer Smalley Higgs, ETFO-YR
  • Pam Beetlestone, ETFO-YR (ex-officio)
  • Debra Besner, Armadale PS
  • Tatiana Davydova, Milliken Mills PS
  • Sarah Gibson Neve, Oscar Peterson PS
  • Alison Rumball, Regency Acres PS
  • Kelly Barbarich, Park Ave. PS
  • Donna Holmeshaw, Reesor Park PS

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 (2023-2024) 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 (2023-2024) 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

May 1, 2024

The Importance of Holocaust Education and Addressing Jew Hatred in Ontario – Our Families’ Journeys to Canada & Beyond Jewish Victimization: Teaching Jewish Identity & Culture in the classroom
Info/Registration
REGISTRATION CLOSED

May 30, 2024

Primary Inspire and Require Workshop
Info/Registration
REGISTRATION CLOSED

May 2024 Stewards' Mailing

ETFO Steward Information

Please direct your members to the ETFO website to find the Stewards’ Mailing Cover Memo and its links: members.etfo.ca -> Publications -> Stewards’ Mailings.

To change the number of members at your work site contact: Member Records, 1-888-838-3836, memberrecords@etfo.org.

This mailing is also available in PDF format. This month’s PDF file is a 1.3 MB download.

Mark your calendars! Summer Academy opens in May

Summer Academy offers over 35 courses throughout July and August in various locations across the province. Both virtual and in-person courses are available.

Please print out and post the Summer Academy flyer in a convenient location at your worksite to make sure your colleagues know about this excellent summer professional learning opportunity.

Check out the Summer Academy website for more information and upcoming registration details. Member login is required.

For general inquiries, please email sacademy@etfo.org.

Provincial Events

Professional Learning Events

Sisters in the Struggle

July 7-12, 2024

ETFO is pleased to partner with the Canadian Labour Congress to offer Sisters in the Struggle, an intensive, advanced women’s leadership course for experienced members who are committed to continuing their leadership journey. 

Members will gain valuable skills and knowledge in a variety of relevant subject areas, including personal leadership planning, leadership styles, feminism and unions, work-life balance, and community building.

For details, see the flyer.

Registration closes on May 29 at 5:00 p.m.

First Steps

August 12-15, 2024

ETFO is looking for 10 observers from designated groups to attend the 2024 Annual Meeting as part of our First Steps program.

This year’s meeting will be held August 12-15 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

Selected participants will learn about Robert’s Rules of Order, get to know Annual Meeting operating procedures, and observe what it is like to be part of the democratic process of the Federation.

For details, see the flyer.

Registration closes on June 5, 2024.

2024 CLC Summer School Programs

July 7-12 and July 14-19, 2024

The CLC Women’s Summer School Women’s Program (July 7-12) is a week-long school where ETFO women members attend a labour course with women from other unions across the province. This exciting week includes guest speakers, panelists, activities, and building connections within the broader labour movement.

The CLC Summer School General Program (July 14-19) is a week-long school where ETFO members attend a labour course with members from other unions across the province. This exciting week includes guest speakers, panelists, activities, and building connections within the broader labour movement.

For details, see the flyer.

Registration closes on May 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Registration is now open for Summer Academy 2024

Summer Academy includes in-person courses at various locations across Ontario, as well as virtual sessions. Registration is $75 for in-person courses and $30 for virtual.

All courses are facilitated by dynamic presenters and are structured to meet the personal and professional needs of ETFO members.

Visit events.etfo.org for registration and additional information (login required).

ETFO PLEY

Rethinking outdoor learning, new on etfopley.ca

ETFO’s Professional Learning in the Early Years (PLEY) website offers a wealth of professional learning materials in a fresh, user-friendly design.

The latest resources is a new PLEY Chat on rethinking outdoor learning. It features members talking about how outdoor learning provides a rich and dynamic context for children to learn and grow, fostering their development across multiple domains, nurturing a connection to nature and offering a springboard to engage in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Dive into a diverse array of videos, peruse our photo gallery, and embark on virtual classroom tours.

Visit etfopley.ca today!

Assessment website new content alert!

We’ve added some great videos to the Assessment for Learning section of the ETFO Members Sharing in Assessment website.

The new videos complement the numerous assessment tools and professional materials available to members on this user-friendly and easy-to-navigate site. Visit etfoassessment.ca today.

ETFO AQ

Apply for winter AQ courses!

Candidates can still register for the winter 2024 session but will not receive confirmation of enrolment or a response to email inquiries throughout the ETFO December office closure.

If the “Interested” button is visible when attempting to register for a course, this means the course is full.

If you have forgotten your username or password, call 1-877-325-7778 or use the 24-hour Brightspace Community chat feature.

ETFO Resources

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