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On World Teachers' Day, public elementary teachers are proud to be the heartbeat of Ontario's high quality education system

October 4, 2018

Toronto, ON – As people around the globe recognize World Teachers' Day on October 5th, Ontario's public elementary teachers are proud to be the heartbeat of Ontario's high quality education system.

"Educators and policy makers from around the world come to study Ontario's high quality public education system. As the heartbeat of public education, teachers play a critical role in helping to shape the system and develop our students to be the very best they can be," said Karen Campbell, First Vice-President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Unlike other education systems such as in the United States, Ontario's elementary teachers are highly educated with Ontario teacher training in addition to the one or more degrees that they must have to quality for the profession. Thousands continually upgrade their skills through professional learning courses during the school year and summer months. Ontario also has one of the most comprehensive teacher evaluation programs in the world.

"One of the areas that teachers are focused on is working to improve students' capabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, which provide students with hands-on learning and problem-solving around real-world issues. To teach these subjects even more effectively, they require classroom resources like batteries, circuits, computers and other equipment along with teacher professional learning," added Campbell.

"World Teacher Day provides a reminder that teachers play one of the most important roles in a child's growth and development. Every day, they use their professional judgement and expertise to make critical decisions about appropriate lessons and resources. Their goal is to provide an equitable, high quality education for every student regardless of the student's family economic circumstances, their cultural background or where they live."

ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.

For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:
Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell 416-948-0195, vdugale@etfo.org