Possibilities Workshop – April 3

Possibilities Workshop

April 3

The Equity and Social Justice Committee is pleased to present “Possibilities”, a workshop focused on poverty that features first-hand examples of school based innovations and initiatives from ETFO’s Poverty and Education Project.Please sign up:


There is plenty of parking across the street in the Crystal Cleaning plaza, or behind the building adjacent to the park. There is some street parking, and some limited parking lot space.


A light meal and refreshments will be provided


Childcare subsidy available upon request.  24 hours notice for cancellations is required.

Combined Grades Book Club

Hello Members,

I have two wonderful opportunities for you to consider over the march break!

A book club that will provide you with a free resource put on by the  Equity and Social Justice Committee as well as a subsidize March break breakfast on behalf of the Political Action/Public Relations Committee


The Social Equity and Justice Committee have chosen “Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World” as the novel for their yearly book club.

This year three dates have been chosen for those that are interested:

March 20th – Receive your free copy of the book to read over the next two weeks. This is an intermediate novel and can also be used in your classrooms.

April 3rd – Attend a round table discussion about the novel, facilitated by E&SJ committee members, Laura Schilling and Carole Zettel

April 10th – Enjoy a screening of the biopic film Temple Grandin

Snack and beverages will be provided for all three evenings. The first meeting will take place at the local office and depending on interest other locations can be discussed.

If you are interested contact wrotlocal@etfo.ca for more information or to register. 

This is a fantastic way to meet other Occasional Teachers and also develop a greater understanding of autism.

March Break Breakfast

The PA/PR Committee is proud to present our March Break Breakfast at the Galt View Restaurant on Thursday March 13th at 9:30am. Come and order off the menu for the low cost of just $5. This is a social event hosted by the PA/PR Committee and is always well attended by members as well as the executive. This is great chance to discuss Occasional Teaching in an informal atmosphere or to just enjoy some good food and good company.

Please respond to wrotlocal@etfo.ca to confirm your attendance to ensure space.

Galt View Resturant

693 Coronation, Cambridge

Connecting Occasionally – March 3, 2014

Hello Members,

I often wait until the 15th of each month for the newsletter, but I have a couple items that are time sensitive and I would like to call your attention them below.

I hope to see many of you at the workshop on Friday!

Also a reminder to be thoughtful about the photos that you place on social media over the March Break. Our Board, College, and Union all have professional guidelines.

In this Newsletter:

  • ETFO Workload Survey
  • Carousel of Workshops
  • Subfinder FAQ
  • T4

ETFO Workload Survey

In the last round of bargaining, ETFO was successful in obtaining an agreement (Memorandum of Understanding – MOU) with the provincial government that included a commitment to study teacher workload and professionalism in the English public elementary system. The study is funded by the Ministry of Education and includes an advisory committee comprised of representatives from ETFO, the Ministry and the Ontario Public School Boards Association.

For ETFO to be able to identify solutions to teachers’ concerns about their workload, and to understand teachers’ views of their professionalism, it is important to have information collected from as many ETFO members as possible.

As part of this study, you are being asked to complete an on-line survey about your work. The survey has been developed by Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group, which has been contracted by the Ministry to conduct the study. The survey will take about 40-50 minutes to complete and will be available until March 14, 2014. You will be able to save a partially completed survey and go back to it at a later time.

Here is the link to the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/ETFO-WRKLD-PROF/

In the survey, you will be asked to identify your school and school board, but not your name. No information from your response will be shared with ETFO, the Ministry, or your school board. The information is required because, after the survey is complete and its data analyzed, a number of schools will be identified as “high satisfaction” schools based on teacher responses. The second phase of the study will involve telephone interviews with some teachers from those schools, the principals, and selected board administrators to try to determine what leads to that satisfaction. These telephone interviews will be conducted from March 31, 2014 to mid-April, 2014.
ETFO believes your work is very important and is hoping you will work with the Ministry’s researchers to document what you do, where you find satisfaction or barriers in your work, and what could make a difference in your professional life.
This is your opportunity to speak out.
Please take advantage of it!
Thank you for your assistance.


Carousel of Workshops

The registration for the Carousel of Workshops, this Friday, has been held open until Monday March 3 at 4:30pm.  If you would still like to register for this fabulous day of fun and learning please go to https://carousel2014.eventbrite.com.
We’re looking to see everyone there!

The PL Committee

Subfinder FAQ

In the last newsletter we requested some questions from members in regards to the Subfinder system, below is an attachment of those FAQs

http://www.etfowatots.ca/userContent/documents/SUBFINDER FAQ.docx


Some people are still having trouble finding the instructions for their T4 in the board’s system memo that I referenced. System memos are found on the Waterworks conference site.

I have provided the instructions here for easier access: http://www.etfowatots.ca/userContent/documents/WRDSB_T4_Instructions.pdf

Nathan Core

ETFO WROTL President