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Audience
  
Description
  
All Members

Overview:
This conference provides education in the area of professional boundaries rights and responsibilities and mental health. A regional conference will also be held to support ESP/PSP members.

Contact: Tracy Blodgett - tblodgett@etfo.org 

  
Women Members

Overview:
This is ETFO's annual leadership conference for women focusing on social justice, equity, and union involvement. This three-day event happens each February in Toronto. Women attend various workshops, listen to keynote speakers, and meet members from all across the province.

Contact: Alice Te - ate@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
This annual learning forum provides ETFO members an opportunity to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit pedagogies, resources and teaching practices, and issues – both historical and current. The workshop topics will support members in their learning about Indigenous Peoples and methods to create culturally inclusive learning environments. This one-day event takes place on a Saturday.

Contact: Sabrina Sawyer -  ssawyer@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
ETFO women members that self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit will be provided an opportunity to engage in a two-day networking and leadership symposium at the provincial office. The two days will include presentations from inspiring women, leaders, social justice activists and active union members. Each year theme of the symposium will focus on supporting personal leadership skills and becoming more involved in the Federation.

Contact: Sabrina Sawyer -  ssawyer@etfo.org

  
Members from Designated Groups

Overview:
This training program is for members of designated groups (Aboriginal, Disabled, Racialized Groups, LGBTQ) who are committed to seeking election to the Provincial ETFO Executive.

Contact: Kalpana Makan – kmakan@etfo.org, Valerie Dugale – vdugale@etfo.org and Kelly Holley – kholley@etfo.org

  
Teachers, Occasional Teachers

Overview:
Classroom Assessment That Works is a practical assessment series that is organized in collaboration with 3 teacher and/or occasional teacher locals. This two-part series takes place after school and provides elementary teachers with support and professional learning in the area of meaningful and efficient classroom assessment. There are approximately two weeks between each session for practice and reflection.

The series highlights a variety of assessment tools and strategies, provides information on how to gather data to be used for powerful feedback and reporting, as well as methods for using assessment data to inform instruction. It provides 25 members from each local with a toolbox of assessment strategies and information that can be used to reflect on their classroom programs and schools.

Locals cover the cost of a light dinner and provide the location. The cost of registration to members is $25.00, except in those cases where the local chooses to subsidize the cost further.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in collaboration with provincial office

Contact: Lisa West - lwest@etfo.org

  
Open to referred members only

Overview:
ETFO’s Classroom Management Course addresses the many challenges that classroom, itinerant and/or occasional teachers face on a daily basis when managing students, time, curriculum and resources. The course balances theory and research with ongoing reflection, application and collaboration to help teachers make intentional, purposeful and proactive decisions in the classroom.

Open to referred members only.

Contact: Jason Johnston - jjohnston@etfo.org

  
Occasional Teachers

Overview:
The workshop provides occasional teacher locals an opportunity to access effective classroom management strategies based on the ETFO resource – I am the Teacher: Effective Classroom Management for the Occasional Teacher. Teachers receive practical classroom-tested strategies as well as networking opportunities with other occasional teachers. A cadre of experienced occasional teachers presents the workshop on behalf of ETFO.

The goals of the workshop are to:

  • Assist in the development of predictable classroom routines;
  • Determine how to empower students through self-discipline and responsibility;
  • Explore effective classroom management strategies; and
  • Review the correlation between instructional practice and classroom management.

Participants will engage in dynamic workshop training that will highlight the strategies introduced in the book in relation to their practice. Each participant will receive a copy of the resource: I am the Teacher: Effective Classroom Management for the Occasional Teacher for a registration fee of $10.00.

Contact: Jason Johnston - jjohnston@etfo.org

  
Open to referred members only

​Overview:
ETFO’s Classroom Management Regional Course addresses the many challenges that classroom, itinerant and/or occasional teachers face on a daily basis when managing students, time, curriculum and resources. The course balances theory and research with ongoing reflection, application and collaboration to help teachers make intentional, purposeful and proactive decisions in the local workplace setting.

Other Details:
In partnership with locals and the provincial office.

Open to referred members only.

Contact: Jason Johnston - Jjohnston@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
Community Organizing for Social Justice is an opportunity for members to consider and make a plan for how they want to get more involved in their communities as allies and participants in social movements.

We will examine the nuts and bolts of community organizing asking: What makes our organizing effective and sustainable? What can we learn from others? How can we be effective allies? We will also talk about some of the issues that affect the communities members teach in every day and some of the groups that are active in those communities

Contact: Izida Zorde - izorde@etfo.org 

  
Women Members

Overview:
A two-day workshop examining the effects of gender-based violence against women on children, and what educators can do to help. Offered 3 times a year regionally.

Contact: Punita Bhardwaj - pbhardwaj@etfo.org 

  
All Members

​Overview:
Are you looking to speak at a meeting, conference or community event? Butterflies in the stomach? Whether it’s 10 people or 100, public speaking can be nerve-wracking but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will give you practical suggestions and lots of practice in overcoming anxieties, improving your delivery, motivating people to take action and structuring your speech for maximum impact.

The ability to speak competently in public is key for women members who want to assume leadership positions within ETFO and their communities. Join us and get your butterflies flying in formation!

Contact: Valerie Dugale: vdugale@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
This leadership training opportunity for women members will focus on various equity issues through an equity framework. This conference ‎gives participants the time to explore how using an equity lens informs teaching practice, collective bargaining and our interpersonal relationships.

Contact: Kalpana Makan – kmakan@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
Workshops on social justice and equity themes, suitable for after-school meetings, professional development days, or weekend conferences.

  • Draw the Line Curriculum Workshop (New)
  • 365 ETFO Black Canadian Curriculum & Calendar Workshop (New)
  • Why Poverty?
  • LGBTQ Inclusive SchoolPlace Starts Here
  • Busting Myths & Misconceptions about Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous Community Engagement
  • Re-thinking White Privilege Workshop
  • Social Justice Begins with Me
  • Gender & Sexuality 101
  • LGBTQ Awareness in Primary Classrooms
  • Everyone is Able
  • Welcoming and Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning Families
  • Islamophobia Affects All Our Children (Revised—Available in January 2019)

Contact: Pam Dogra - pdogra@etfo.org

  
Teachers, Occasional Teachers

Overview:
ETFO offers more than 50 AQs in a variety of formats: online, on-site, and blended (online and on-site). ETFO AQ courses are designed by practising teachers with expertise in the field with a focus on what teachers need to know to be successful. More than 7000 teachers have pursued their professional learning with ETFO AQ; they appreciate the careful balance between theory and practice in the courses.

For more information: http://etfo-aq.ca

  
All Members

Overview:
Locals can access ETFO Book Clubs online resources to provide professional development opportunities for their members. ETFO Book Clubs online resources include:

  1. Facilitator guides written by members;
  2. Practical tips for hosting an event;
  3. A facilitator guide sheet;
  4. Instructions for ordering books for your participants; and
  5. Flyer and registration form templates to help you advertise.

ETFO Book Clubs provide an excellent opportunity for our members to enhance their professional knowledge and practice. Participants attend four two-hour sessions that focus on specific chapters of the books introduced below, consider strategies they can try in their classroom, and reflect on and share their experiences within a community of learners.

A book club is a learning experience that gives educators an opportunity for professional networking, sharing, and reflection through an in-depth examination of ideas, concepts, research, and strategies presented in a professional resource. When professional book club experiences are tied to the real work of teachers, and to authentic issues they are grappling with in their classrooms, teachers have a deeper understanding of their impact on classroom practice and student learning.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office

For more information: ETFO Book Clubs

  
All Members

Overview:
This bi-annual symposium is designed for ETFO members who are interested in starting and maintaining a GSA, learning about LGBTQ community resources and how to use them and raising awareness of resources and support from ETFO. The ETFO LGBTQ Conference will run in alternate years.

Contact: Matthew Sinclair - msinclair@etfo.org

  
Teachers

Overview:
This annual conference is designed specifically for ETFO members in the role of consultants, co-ordinators, facilitators, and system wide teacher-leaders. Members in these roles work with classroom teachers, often delivering ministry or board level directives. The annual L.E.A.D. conference provides these members with support and inservice related to the skills necessary to be successful in their role.

Contact: Jane Bennett - Jbennett@etfo.org and Leah Kearney - lkearney@etfo.org  

  
All Members

​Overview:
This bi-annual conference explores LGBTQ topics and issues related to education and schooling. ETFO members will learn about practical resources and strategies to address homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia and make their classrooms and schools safe, inclusive and welcoming for all. The ETFO GSA Symposium will run in alternate years.

Contact: Matthew Sinclair - msinclair@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
The ETFO Provincial Health and Safety Conference is a powerful opportunity for local ETFO health and safety representatives from across the province to meet and build a network of health and safety activists. The conference provides updates on emerging issues through expert guest speakers and focuses on effective strategies to use legislation to protect and promote the health and safety of ETFO members in the workplace. Conference delegates share their successes and challenges to strengthen their resolve and gain advocacy skills.

Other Details:

  • ETFO provincial office will cover the costs for one participant per local based upon provincial guidelines.
  • The local may choose to send additional members at its own expense.

Contact: Nicolette Lane - nlane@etfo.org and Tracie Edward - tedward@etfo.org

  
All Members, Women Members

Overview:
This financial conference is designed to provide participants with an aopportunity to increase their financil literacy and learn about proactive strategies to reflect on and address their financial fitness.

Conference topics often focus on financial planning, estate planning, and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

The ETFO provincial office covers the cost of travel, conference materials, accommodation (double occupancy), and meals based on provincial guidelines.

Other Details:

  • This conference rotates on an annual basis as an event open to all members and a women's only event. 
  • Conference applications are available on the ETFO website early each spring.

Contact: Lisa West - lwest@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:

This Regional Health and Safety Training supports the leadership development of members as they build their knowledge and advocacy for safer and healthier workplaces. Participants will strengthen their understanding of essential legal and policy requirements for health and safety. Shared experiences allow participants to consider strategies for dealing with member health and safety concerns in the workplace.

Other Details:

ETFO provincial office will cover the costs for one participant per local based upon provincial guidelines. The local may choose to send additional members at its own expense.

Contact: Nicolette Lane - nlane@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
Health and Safety includes a large number of technical topics. A focused conference will allow local leaders, health and safety representatives and/or interested members to more thoroughly explore a specific area within health and safety. Each year a topic will be selected based on emerging issues, changes to legislation or new best practices.

Other Details:
The conference will be held on a Friday evening and Saturday at the ETFO Provincial Office. The conference will be advertised to all members through an electronic flyer. ETFO provincial office will cover the costs for selected applicants.

Contact: Tracie Edward - tedward@etfo.org  

  
Women Members

Overview:
This conference is designed to support the leadership development of women members as they build their knowledge and advocacy for safer and healthier workplaces.

The program is an interactive opportunity for women members to strengthen their understanding of essential legal and policy requirements for health and safety. Case studies and shared experiences allow participants to consider next steps for making positive changes for member wellbeing in the health and safety culture of a school or a school board.

Other Details:

Any woman who is keen on learning more about occupational health and safety advocacy can participate. ETFO provincial office will cover the costs for selected applicants.

Contact: Tracie Edward - tedward@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
This biannual conference that rotates with the Social Justice Conference for Men Educators, provides men with the opportunity to develop an understanding of some of the issues related to the health and wellness and the importance of self-care. We explore some of the supports available to members when navigating through life’s joys and hardships as well as providing a space for networking.

Contact: Matthew Sinclair - msinclair@etfo.org 

  
All Members, Women Members

Overview:
This conference provides an opportunity for ETFO members to explore a various ICT tools and programs to utilize in their classrooms.  Where possible workshops incorporate some hands-on time for participants to learn new skills in small groups. 

This conference rotates on an annual basis as an event open to all members and a women's only event. 

Other Details:

  • This conference rotates on an annual basis as an event open to all members and a women's only event. 

Contact: Julie Millan - jmillan@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
The Inquire and Inspire program is a two part after-school series that focuses on inquiry-based learning in the primary, junior, and intermediate divisions. The primary workshops will explore the inquiry-based learning process, student engagement, and innovative thinking.

The junior/intermediate workshops will focus on inquiry-based learning in connection to the social studies curriculum. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to implement new approaches to teaching and leanring that place students’ questions, observations, creativity, and thinking at the centre of the classroom experience.

Other Details:

  • The program will be run in six locals.
  • Sign up will be based on a first-come basis. Registrants will pay $25 each to attend.

Contact: Lisa West - lwest@etfo.org  

  
All Members

Overview:
Intersectional Allyship WP is an exciting program that 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.

Contact: Jill Aoki-Barrett - Jaokibarrett@etfo.org

  
Women Members, Members from Designated Groups

Overview:
Leaders for Tomorrow is an intensive, year-long leadership development opportunity for women from designated groups. The program includes a variety of workshops and experiences related to leadership roles within ETFO and in the broader community.

The course is designed to enhance leadership skills in an inclusive, anti-racist/anti-oppression framework. Release time will be provided for all members accepted.

Contact: Pam Dogra - pdogra@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
These after-school workshop support ETFO’s early years members. Teacher, DECE, and occasional teacher locals are welcome to book this program. There are three separate workshop topics that may be booked by a local: Learning in the Early Years, Pedagogical Documentation and Communicating Learning in Kindergarten or Building and Enriching Partnerships in Kindergarten.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office.

Contact: Jane Bennett – jbennett@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
Mobilizing for Justice is a program for women members focussed on building knowledge and skills for community organizing.

Contact: Jill Aoki-Barrett - Jaokibarrett@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
The goal of the training is to prepare ETFO members to become experienced in chairing various meetings - local executive meetings, local general and annual meetings, steward meetings, representative council meetings and ETFO Annual Meetings.

Participants must attend three full-day sessions in Toronto, successfully complete the University of Wisconsin’s Extension Course, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure: Dynamics of Leadership, and chair three meetings in their own local.

Contact:
James Taylor - jtaylor@etfo.org

  
Open to referred members only

Overview:
This course assists teachers in developing the necessary skills to deliver the Ontario Curriculum.

Other Details:

  • Open to referred members only

Contact: Sonia Ellis-Seguin - sellisseguin@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
Presenters on the Road offers quality workshops in partnership with ETFO locals across the province. All workshops are developed by members for members.

The Presenters on the Road program includes a variety of workshops to address subject areas, issues critical to teachers and their work, both as classroom teachers and other specific assignments such as special education, teacher librarians, and occasional teachers.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office 

Contact: Lisa West - lwest@etfo.org   

  
All Members

Overview:
A practical two part series for Grade 1 -3 classroom teachers to support the integration of dance, drama, music and visual arts through literature.

The Primary ETFO ARTS book is featured in these afterschool workshops with ten picture books that contain activities to stimulate imagination, communication and critical thinking.

Other Details:
Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office.

Contact: Jason Johnston - jjohnston@etfo.org

  
Open to referred members only

Overview:
This one day course is designed to assist members who have been directed by their employer to seek training in boundaries and ethics.

Other Details:

  • Open to referred members only

Contact: Rob Smolenaars - rsmolenaars@etfo.org 

  
Women Members

Overview:
This conference provides aspiring local leaders with the opportunity to build networks, challenge barriers and develop leadership skills in the area of professional relations including legal rights and responsibilities.

Contact: Tracy Blodgett - tblodgett@etfo.org

  
Local Leaders

Overview:
This conference provides local released leaders with the opportunity to build leadership skills in the areas of professional relations.

Contact: Sonia Ellis-Seguin - sellisseguin@etfo.org

  
Teachers

Overview:
This 90 minute workshop is offered in partnership with the local office. The workshop is designed to provide educators with information and knowledge about student well-being and mental health as well as strategies to use with students to support them in these areas.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office

Contact: Kalpana Makan - kmakan@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
This two part leadership program is for racialized ETFO members who are committed to becoming involved in their union and creating a just society. Members will participate in workshops, discuss strategies to build networks within the educational system and the broader labour movement and discover opportunities for further union involvement.

Contact: Matthew Sinclair - msinclair@etfo.org

  
Teachers
 

Overview:
A dynamic two part after-school series full of practical ideas and strategies for the Junior/Intermediate educator to support the Arts curriculum in dance, drama, music and visual arts. The series is geared to classroom teachers with little or no teaching experience in the Arts.

Participants use the Revised ETFO ARTS book (which includes a CD of music) as source for Arts learning. Revised ETFO ARTS introduces the elements for the four arts areas that assists educators in teaching in and through the Arts and provides assessment tips.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office

Contact: Jason Johnston - jjohnston@etfo.org   

  
All Members

Overview:
ETFO offers many three-day courses that take place across the province each summer. The courses include a wide range of curriculum topics and grade specific sessions that support members as they organize and plan their programs.

The program provides members with comfortable and engaging settings where they can network, and discuss common needs and interests. Members can develop their own personal learning, acquire new instructional strategies, and become inspired and energized for the year ahead.

These dynamic courses receive rave reviews every summer and are taught by experienced teachers who integrate a balance of hands-on strategies and research-based learning. There are many opportunities for course participants to share their own ideas with colleagues in these face-to-face sessions.

Other Details:

  • Look for the registration information in the middle of May every year on the ETFO website.

For more information:
Summer Academy Page

  
Beginning Teachers

Overview:
Experienced ETFO presenters will offer a practical, high interest workshop for new teachers. The goals of the program are to introduce new teachers to a variety of practical strategies that they can use in their classrooms, to provide an opportunity for new teachers to ask questions and network with each other, and to highlight ETFO as a professional organization interested in their professional learning.

The topics include: Themes of Success, Before School Starts, Building Inclusion, Classroom Management, Communicating with Parents, Meeting Diverse Learning Needs, Preparing for or Being an Occasional Teacher, Continuing Your Professional Learning and Growth, and Personal Wellness.

This program runs as a full-day session. It can be adapted to a half-day format if necessary. Locals can attempt to partner with their district school board to have the board release the participants for a day using the NTIP funds, or cover refreshment costs, or provide a location. Provincial office provides the presenter, presenter costs, program, and program handouts. Locals provide the location, A/V refreshments, and miscellaneous materials costs. There is no registration fee.

Other Details:

  • Offered by locals in partnership with provincial office

Contact: Leah Kearney - lkearney@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
This practical, two-day workshop provides an opportunity for members to develop skills in planning and presenting curriculum workshops to colleagues. This program includes modules on developing a dynamic workshop description and workshop framework, enhancing facilitation skills, ensuring an inclusive environment, and tips for presentations.

Participants bring the beginnings of a workshop with them that they develop more fully over the two days. They work collaboratively in mentor groups to gain new ideas and provide feedback to their colleagues.

This program has limited enrolment and consideration is given to representation from across the province and to members who have not previously participated in ETFO provincial activities. Applicants submit a resume and a letter of reference.

Contact: Julie Millan - jmillan@etfo.org

  
Beginning Teachers, Women Members

Overview:
This 5-month program is designed for women members in their first five years of ETFO membership. It highlights the development of a feminist and anti-oppression framework, union engagement and participation and focuses on building participants' knowledge of ETFO, the broader labour movement, and opportunities for activism.

Contact: Alice Te - ate@etfo.org

  
All Members

Overview:
The New Member Welcome Program is an opportunity to introduce new members to their union. A released officer presents the program in conjunction with local leaders. Each new member receives a "Welcome to ETFO" USB key.

Contact: Kalpana Makan - kmakan@etfo.org  

  
All Members

Overview:
Women Addressing Gender-Based Workplace Violence Conference – WP will support the leadership development of women members as they build their knowledge and advocacy for addressing workplace violence to ensure our workplaces are safer and healthier. This special conference has been planned for interested women members since recent statistics show that workplace violence is increasing exponentially for women in the education sector.

Other Details:
This event includes an evening and one full day at the ETFO Office. The conference will be advertised to women members through an electronic flyer. ETFO provincial office will cover the costs for selected applicants. Release time will be provided.

Contact: Nicolette Lane - nlane@etfo.org  

  
All Members

Overview:
​This conference, held every two years, is for women members interested in increasing their political engagement in elections and at the community level. The program is designed to expand the number of women members engaged politically and to enhance their political knowledge and skills.

Contact: Izida Zorde - izorde@etfo.org and Denise Hammond - dhammond@etfo.org

  
Women Members

Overview:
This conference explores members’ legal rights and responsibilities. It also provides support for health related challenges resulting from the workplace.

Contact: Phyllis Hession-White - phessionwhite@etfo.org 

  
Women Members

Overview:
Women who attend this conference will be participating in collective bargaining activities designed to build new skills and enhance existing skills.

This dynamic conference is beneficial for women who wish to learn more about bargaining and build personal and professional skills.  No experience is required.

Contact: Susan Ansara - sansara@etfo.org

  
Women Members

Overview:
Chairpersons of local Status of Women Committees are invited to two workshops each year to support them in fulfilling their role.

Contact: Alice Te - ate@etfo.org