Workshop: We All Live on Turtle Island – Jan 30, 2015

Workshop Opportunities

The PL Committee is pleased to announce two PD sessions on January 30, 2015. A light snack will be provided at the start of the morning session and lunch will be served to those attending both sessions.  Child care subsidy available upon request.
Come and join us at 130 Highland Road East and spend your PD Day day engaged is some great professional development!



We All Live on Turtle Island (January 30 9:00am to 12:00pm)
The goal of this workshop is to introduce Occasional Teachers to an infusion of Aboriginal content into their elementary classrooms. Key components of the workshop will emphasize present-day experiences and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Participants will learn how to create a unique and memorable inclusive learning environment. Specifically, it will demonstrate how occasional teachers can use available resources quickly and easily to engage students in aboriginal education.
Occasional Teaching: Tips and Advice (January 30 1:00pm to 3:00pm)
In this workshop we will discuss classroom management, how to engage students, quick assessment strategies, and promoting yourself as an educator in a new school. There will be opportunities for attendees to share strategies that work for them and to problem solve issues that arise for OT’s in the classroom.
The PL Committee
130 Highland Road East, Unit 2,
Kitchener ON, N2M 3V9
Telephone: 519-571-0222

OCT Fees

OCT Fees

The annual OCT Fee amount for 2015 is $150.00.  The WRDSB will collect the fee for active Long Term Occasional Teachers who receive a pay on January 23, 2015. Those that are submitting on their own have until April 15th to submit.


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Workshop: Supporting LGBT Families – Mon., Jan. 14, 2015

Social Justice & Equity presents:

Welcoming and Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families Workshop

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. @ WROTL Office

Register now:

The Social Justice and Equity Committee is hosting the Welcoming and Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families Workshop on Monday January 12th at 4:30 pm at the WROTL office.

This is a great opportunity to stand out in the crowd when applying to LTOs.

LGBT families are the fastest growing type of family structure in Canada. Research shows students perform better academically and socially when they see themselves reflected in the school environment and curriculum. How do we do this specifically for LGBTQ families, the fastest growing type of family structure in Canada? This workshop is built from a practical, “use-it-now” perspective. Participants will discuss ways to foster positive communication and trust with LGBTQ families, use of inclusive language, making curriculum connections, and how to honour LGBTQ families around celebrations and traditions (e.g. Family Day, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day). Plenty of hands-on resources will be made available to participants.

A light dinner will be provided. Limited seats available.

Register now:


-Social Justice and Equity Committee


Connecting Occasionally – January 5, 2015

January 5th, 2015


nathan-coreHello Members,


Welcome back! Teaching is such a unique occupation in that it seems to always provide “fresh start” opportunities throughout the year, even more so in Occasional Teaching. Whether this is the start of a new LTO, a new year, or even a new round of daily assignments, I wish each of you a great fresh start in 2015.

I am extremely optimistic for this year. If I can reference the previous newsletter, the OT daily rate will be adjusted this month and this will immediately affect a majority of the membership. I would also point out that local bargaining is able to now move forward since the government and ETFO provincial has agreed on the central terms. We will have our own preliminary submission ratification soon. Also we have some amazing workshops coming out and exciting social opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled.



“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.   -Melody Beattie


Nathan Core
ETFO WROTL President


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