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ETFO educators are back to virtual school this summer for professional learning to enhance their instructional practice

​July 13, 2020

Toronto, ON – For thousands of members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) the learning never stops as they enhance their professional learning and instructional practice this summer though virtual workshops offered by the Federation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ETFO’s Summer Academy has gone virtual with three-day courses offered online. Courses are normally held in locations around Ontario.

The course offerings reflect current realities when it comes to equity and social justice issues as well as in-class and emergency distance learning. They include:

  • Supporting students’ well-being through a culturally relevant and responsive approach to teaching;
  • Building and sustaining a positive learning environment in both physical and virtual classroom spaces offering new digital tools for teaching;
  • Rethinking the school library learning commons, which explores print/digital collections and anti-bias education; and
  • Courses to enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) learning to engage and inspire students.

ETFO is also one of the largest providers of Additional Qualification (AQ) courses that are accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and involve 125 hours of study per course.

Eighty-five AQ courses have been offered to members on subjects ranging from the arts to mathematics, inclusive classrooms, environmental education, science and technology, Special Education and teaching Indigenous and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (2SLGBTQ+) students and those with behavioral and communication needs.

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at  

For more information, contact:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations, CELL: 416-948-0195, @etfomedia