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Criteria & Role

 

Criteria for Committees

As stated in the ETFO Constitution, Article X, Provincial Organization, Section 3 Committees, 10.3.1, ETFO has a number of standing committees.

Criteria for the Selection of Standing Committee Members

Recognizing that Standing Committees serve as the most effective vehicle for securing both input and advice from grass roots membership of ETFO, preference in the selection of committee members will be given to active members at large.

In that context, the following criteria will be considered by the Selection Committee when recommending members to the Executive for their consideration

  1. Skills and experiences that relate to the work of the committee.
  2. Involvement or experience with issues associated with the work of the committee.
  3. Involvement on standing committees.
  4. Involvement in community organizations.
  5. Involvement in the local or in the provincial Federation.
  6. Priority for participation on Standing Committees will be given to active members.
  7. Selection for participation on Standing Committees will be inclusive and reflect the diversity of ETFO.
  8. Members' participation will be limited to one (1) Standing Committee per year.
  9. Membership on each committee will be limited to one (1) member per local (where possible).
  10. That, where possible, the membership on Standing Committees include a member in his or her first five (5) years.
  11. That priority be given to members currently teaching or working in a school or board worksite.

Application Criteria  

  1. It is important that these committees represent the authentic voice of that constituency. Members applying for any of the following standing committees, are required to self-identify: First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education, Anti-Racist Education, Disability Issues, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning Members and Status of Women.
  2. Applicants for the Collective Bargaining Committee should be inclusive of all bargaining units (teacher, occasional teacher, designated early childhood educators, educational and professional support personnel).
  3. Applicants for the New Members Committee should have less than five years’ teaching/education work experience.
  4. Applicants for the Occasional Teacher Committee should be occasional teachers.
  5. Applicants for the Occupational Health and Safety Committee should have certification from the Workers’ Health and Safety Centre.
  6. Applicants for the Teacher Education/Faculty Liaison Committee should have knowledge/experience of Bachelor of Education programming in Ontario and live/work near a faculty of education.
  7. Applicants for the Men’s Focus Committee must be male.
  8. The International Assistance Committee requires members with English/French status. Applicants are encouraged to identify their bilingual English/French status. A minimum of two (2) members of the International Assistance Committee must be bilingual.
  9. Applicants please note that the Early Years Committee includes JK to grade three.
  10. Applicants applying to serve on a committee are expected to attend all committee meetings (two face-to-face meetings and one teleconference call).
  11. Please note that successful Annual Meeting Committee members will not be able to also serve as Annual Meeting delegates.
  12. Applicants for the Awards Committee may have a large volume of work that includes, but is not limited to reading applications, evaluating applications based on a predetermined rubric and making final recommendations of award, scholarship and bursaries winners to the Executive. 
  13. Applicants for the International Assistance Committee may have a large volume of work in the Fall that includes reading and evaluating applications, conducting phone interviews and creating a shortlist of Project Overseas candidates for recommendation to the Executive.​

The ETFO website contains all information concerning the standing committee application process. The deadline for committee application is March 1st.

Members will be appointed to a standing committee for a two-year term by the ETFO Executive. Members may serve up to two consecutive terms on a committee, if re-appointed. Upon completion of two consecutive terms on any standing committee, a break in service of at least one year is required prior to appointment to any standing committee. Notwithstanding, members of the Teacher Education/Faculty Liaison Committee may be re-appointed for an additional two-year term immediately following two consecutive terms.

Members who serve only one term, due to resignation or not re-applying, are also required to take a break in service of at least one (1) year prior to appointment on any Standing Committee.

Committees meet twice during the school year. Committee chairs are selected by committee members at the first meeting of the committee.

Committees may make recommendations for changes to the terms of reference for the subsequent year at the May Executive meeting.

Roles of Committees

It is recognized that the standing committees of the Federation are an invaluable asset for ensuring that the expertise of our members and the richness of their work experiences become an integral part of the design and development of Federation programs and services. It will be the role of standing committees:​

  1. To develop policy recommendations for consideration by the Executive and Annual Meeting.
  2. To develop program recommendations for consideration by the Executive and the Annual Meeting.
  3. To provide the perspective of the member on Federation initiatives and programs.
  4. To provide advice on the content, delivery, and design of Federation programs.
  5. To advise the Executive on matters relating to the work of the committee.
  6. To liaise when appropriate with other ETFO standing committees.

Appointment Terms

Members will be appointed to standing committees by the Executive for a two-year term. Members may serve up to two consecutive terms on a committee, if re-appointed. Upon completion of two consecutive terms on any standing committee, a break in service of at least one year is required prior to appointment to any standing committee.

Consideration will be given to the information included on the application form.