Teacher Professional Development
ETFO believes that students have the right to the highest quality education. Teachers are committed to providing quality programs.
To support their professional practice, teachers have always voluntarily engaged in a wide range of professional learning. They have taken university courses, engaged in professional development activities and opportunities at the school, school board, and provincial levels, presented workshops, served on in-school, board, and provincial committees, written curriculum, and assessed their own learning needs.
The Annual Learning Plan
On September 1, 2007, new regulations under Bill 78, the Education Statute Amendment Act (Student Performance) 2006 come into effect. The regulation states that:
Professional Activity Days
Among its other powers, Bill 78 gave the government the authority to determine both the number and purpose of professional activity days. Subsequently, the Minister of Education has increased the number of professional activity days from four to six, restoring two of the five professional activity days eliminated by the previous government.
The Minister has indicated that the additional two days will be dedicated to supporting Ministry of Education initiatives.
ETFO Position on Teacher Accountability and Professional Growth
ETFO welcomes a teacher accountability model that is:
It is ETFO’s Policy:
Ontario’s elementary students are well served by teachers who are committed to life-long professional learning, who reflect on their classroom practice, and who engage in the professional learning that best meets their needs and the needs of their students.