Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Technology Workshop – May 30-31, 2014

 ETFO’s ICT Conference for Women: Technology for Teachers

The target audience is women members interested in learning about new technology and online resources to engage today’s students.

The conference includes keynote speaker, Tania Sterling, who will highlight how technology can help create connected experiences in classrooms and schools. Friday afternoon will include presentations of technology projects from across the province.

Saturday workshops will provide hands-on opportunities to learn more about SMART Boards, Ministry licensed software, iPads, Google Drive and various online resources.

This will be an exciting learning and networking opportunity for members from across the province. Register early as participation is limited. Successful applicants will be notified by email prior to May 5, 2014.

If you need any assistance in filling out the registration, please call and we can help


Technology for Teachers.pdf

  • Friday, May 30 Location: Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
    136 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 0B5
  • Saturday, May 31 Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
    University of Toronto
    252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6


GSA Info Session – Mon., April 28 @ 4pm

ETFO’s Equity and Social Justice Committee invites you to a GSA Information Session Monday, April 28, 4 p.m.
Laurentian Public School Library

All Elementary Teachers / OTs / Support Staff Welcome

Perhaps you’ve been wondering …..

  • -what is a GSA?
  • -what are the benefits to having a GSA?
  • -is it ok to have a GSA in an elementary school?
  • -what are some strategies for making my classroom/school more inclusive?

The goals of this session are to:

  • *provide information and resources
  • *share some success stories!
  • *answer your questions
  • *help you get started!

Please email Susan Watt on Waterworks if you would like to attend. Click here for more information.


WRDSB ITService Desk

IT Services will be implementing a new Help Desk ticket system on May 12th to replace their current system. It will be called, “ITService Desk”. This new system will be friendlier to use and will include some new features such as; the ability to log tickets outside of board sites (ex. from home), FAQ’s  and knowledge articles.

After May 12, ITS staff will continue to work on any open tickets that remain in the current system, even though you will not be able to access them.

Everyone should continue to use ITService Desk as per current standard operating procedures:

  • – This ticket system is for use by Board staff only.
  • – Please log tickets as your first course of action, before calling the Help Desk.
  • – Follow your usual school procedures (e.g. if you are to report IT issues to an In School Tech or a Computer Contact, then please continue to do so).

ITService Desk will be unavailable during maintenance windows on Fridays.

Don Highmore
ITS – Supervisor Software Support
OnSIS Co-Ordinator
Ext. 4482

Reg 274 and the LTO list Update

Reg 274 and the LTO list Update


There are a couple of items regarding the Reg 274 and the LTO list. In my last update, I had noted that there was no indication from the School Board when the LTO list would open again. ETFO provincial has been working to engage the Ministry regarding possible changes to the Regulation. This has taken longer than they originally planned and our provincial team is pushing to have a meeting to receive the feedback from the fact finders.


I am pleased to announce that locally we have submitted a policy grievance surrounding Reg 274 and the LTO list. The grievance basically states that the board has failed to “replenish” the LTO list and also failed to grant interviews to qualified occasional teachers.


I will keep you posted when more information becomes available.


ETFO Education Agenda – Building Better Schools

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has released its education agenda to build a better learning environment for all students, including those with special needs.

Building Better Schools– the ETFO education agenda calls for smaller class sizes for grades 4 to 8, more meaningful assessment beyond EQAO, a greater focus on equal opportunity and inclusion for students, and more resources for students with special needs. The full document can be seen at


“Some of ETFO’s proposals will save money, some are cost-neutral, and some will cost more. In anticipation of the next provincial election, our goal is to continue bringing to the fore issues that directly affect the education and lives of all students.” –Sam Hammond ETFO President

The Importance of Workers’ Rights

Even if you are sick of politics pay attention to the provincial election. The election could have a major impact on your collective agreement. Your wages, benefits and your pension could suffer.

The Ontario Federation of Labour has partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress, local labour councils and affiliates across the province to launch a campaign to educate workers about Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s plans to strip worker rights and advance a low wage economy.


For more information click here or here