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ETFO eNewsletter Vol. 12 No. 9 - Jan. 16, 2018

Posted: January 10,2018

News Category : ETFO News


January 16, 2018  

Vol. 12 No. 9  


Student and teacher painting together



Why did you become an educator?

Teachers and education professionals face challenges every day because of the current education funding formula. With your help, we're trying to fix it. Tell us why you became a teacher, DECE, ESP or PSP; what the public needs to know about the effects of underfunding in your school; and how students are being affected.


Share your story today! You are the most trusted voice in education and we want to share your ideas and stories. A selection of stories and quotes will be shared by ETFO in member and public communications.


Members at an ETFO PL event


Professional Learning Events

  • ETFO Math and Tech Symposium: Modern Math Learning, Toronto, March 5-6. Explore strategies to deepen your mathematical knowledge while exploring how technology can enhance learning in the math classroom. Register by January 29.
  • Balancing Act: An ETFO Women's Conference, Toronto, March 20-21. This Professional Relations Services (PRS) conference focuses on women's health and well-being. Register by February 7.
  • FNMI Education: Engaging Learners Through Play Workshop for Women Members, Toronto, March 2. This workshop will take members through play-based activities from the FNMI Education Resource: Engaging Learners Through Play while providing opportunities to dialogue about Indigenous worldviews, treaties, residential schools and leadership. Register by January 29.



Provincial Report Card - Grades 1 to 8


Teacher holding projects to assess

Members are reminded of two online resources which support the completion of the term two report cards. 


This issue of Professional Judgement Matters highlights the areas where professional judgement can be exercised during the writing process: ETFO Professional Judgement Guidelines for the Completion of the Elementary Provincial Report Card - Grades 1 to 8.


The EduGAINS Frequently Asked Questions are also helpful as reports are being completed.



Kindergarten Communication of Learning Report


Kindergarten teacher working with student

This issue of Professional Judgement Matters has just been updated, and will assist kindergarten teachers with using their professional judgement when completing reports: ETFO Professional Judgement Guidelines for Completion of the Kindergarten Communication of Learning Report. These ETFO guidelines align with Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum.


There are several Ministry resources which have been created to support Kindergarten educators with the Communication of Learning and the Kindergarten Program. They can be found in this document.



Video Preview

The third and final video in our series on violence in schools will be released in February. Here is a preview of the video, which deals with with violence-related workplace injuries and illnesses and the important steps that members must take when they occur:

View the third video



Women's Marches - January 20


Women_s March 2017

Women's March - January 2017

On Saturday January 20, 2018, women are calling on people of all genders, ages, races, abilities and orientations to take part in marches across the province.


We cannot allow decades of progress to advance women's rights and the human rights of all people to become unfastened.


Please march and help turn back the tide of racism and anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against FNMI and other peoples.



Teaching LGBTQ Students


ETFO-AQ_ By teachers _ For teachers

ETFO is proud to introduce a new AQ course called Teaching LGBTQ Students which will be offered for the first time in the spring 2018 session.  


Candidates will critically explore a wide range of pedagogies, resources and supports as they develop the theoretical understanding necessary to apply, implement and assess programs and/or practices related to teaching students who self-identify in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) spectrum.  


For more information, please visit the ETFO website.


  • ETFO is seeking curriculum writers for a new resource on culturally-relevant pedagogy.Writers will need to be available to come to Toronto on March 26-28, April 23-25 and May 31-31, 2018 in addition to working independently. For more information, please see this flyer.
  • Two weeks remain to nominate someone for a prestigious ETFO Award. View this video to learn more about the awards. Nominations are due by February 1. Forms are available on the ETFO website.
  • There is a new PRS Matters Bulletin for members: School Board Investigations Related to Harassment Complaints.
  • Nominations are now open for the OTIP Teaching Awards.ETFO members are eligible in two categories: experienced teacher and beginning teacher (first 5 years). Nominations close March 31.
  • The survey on the implementation of the Renewed Math Strategy has been extended to January 17, 2018.The survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, participation is voluntary, and respondents will remain anonymous. Members are encouraged to participate.


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