Monthly Archives: March 2016

5th Annual Carousel of Workshops – Friday, April 22, 2016

The PL Committee is PLeased to Present…


The 5th Annual Carousel of Workshops

Grand River Collegiate Institute

175 Indian Road, Kitchener

Parking is available in the student parking lot just off Indian Road

Anyone in an LTO at the time of the Carousel will be required to attend for at least half the day.  The other half of the day may be used for self-directed assessment, evaluation and planning (in your classroom or at school).

  • Choice of which half of the day you attend will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Daily Occasional Teachers are also invited to attend.
  • Lunch will be provided to anyone that is attending for the entire day.
  • Click here for information about the workshops that will be offered.
  • Upon arrival at the school, please proceed to the Cafeteria for Regitration

Schedule of the Day:

  • 8:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:20am: Opening Address
  • 8:30am: Workshop #1
  • 10:00am: Break
  • 10:15am: Workshop #2
  • 11:45am: Lunch/Afternoon Registration
  • 12:15pm: Workshop #3
  • 1:45pm: Break
  • 2:00pm: Workshop #4
  • 3:30pm: Adjournment

To register click:

Registration closes April 17 at midnight.

Questions about this event?  Please contact our office at 519-571-0222 or

Addressing Islamophobia: A Discussion for Educators workshop – Mar. 31, 2016

islamophobiaIslamophobia is prejudice against, hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims. This workshop is designed to build awareness relating to issues of Islamophobia and critically examine personal and professional biases, explore resources to meet the diverse needs of schools, representing a multiplicity of perspectives, and encourage members to take further actions relating to inclusion within their classrooms, schools, families and communities.

Registration? Click here.

  • A light meal will be served.
  • Door prizes available!!!
  • Dependent Care subsidy available upon request.
  • Extra parking is available across the street in the Big Bear parking lot.


  • When: March 31, 2016
  • Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: WROTL Office (130 Highland Road East)


Connecting…Occasionally – March 23, 2016

March 23, 2016

Hello Members,

Welcome to the homestretch. With March Break behind us and a short week, due to the Easter Holidays, we are on a fast track through the final months of the school year.

Locally, we are nearing the time when we start to prepare for our Local Annual Meeting.  At the May Annual Meeting we will elect a new executive, replenish our committees, select delegates to the Provincial Annual Meeting, and vote on changes to our constitution. This process is the heart of our democratic structure, I encourage all members to consider opportunities in this local and at the very least attend the meeting. You deserve to have a say in how your fees are spent, the leadership of the local, programs that are run, and the direction of this Federation.

Watch for upcoming timelines and further information.

LTO List

lto-listI am disappointed with the 50% success rate. It’s very frustrating when we have good teachers who are actively working in LTOs, have had positive evaluations, then being told that they “aren’t good enough.” It doesn’t make any sense.

The local is working with ETFO provincial to explore our legal options. We will need to wait until the process is complete as some consideration needs to be given to the feedback that is received.

We are also aware the Board released sensitive information while distributing the successful/unsuccessful mass e-mail. This was retracted by the board, but not until after the damage had been done. The local will be seeking remedies for this breach of privacy.

Fight for $15

FightFor15-logo-Circle-e1454972798114 (1)The “$15 and Fairness” campaign is sweeping across Ontario. As educators, and members of a precarious workforce we are well aware of the need for decent hours, paid sick days, respect at work, and rules that protect everyone. The cornerstone of this campaign is a minimum wage above poverty levels. Take some time to check out and see how you can get involved.  Let’s make a difference!


Nathan Core
ETFO WROTL President

5th Annual Carousel of Workshops – Fri., April 22, 2016

carousel-titleThe PL Committee is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Carousel of Workshops!  This year, the Carousel of Workshops will be held April 22, 2016 which is this year’s ETFO PD Day.  Please watch for more information about the event.

  • Anyone in an LTO at the time of the Carousel will be required to attend for at least half the day.  The other half of the day may be used for self-directed assessment, evaluation and planning (in your classroom or at school).
  • Daily Occasional Teachers are also invited to attend.


Lunch will be available to anyone that is attending for the entire day.

Click here for more information about the workshops that will be offered.

Book Club: Girl Runner – Starts Thurs., March 31, 2016

Girl Runner: A Book Club

book-clubPart historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, athletics and the dedicated pursuit of one’s passions. It is also, ultimately, about a woman who follows the singular, heart-breaking and inspiring course of her life until the very end.

Come out to this amazing book club and receive a free copy of the book!  Refreshments will be served.

  1. First Meeting: Thursday March 31, 2016 – Receive the book
  2. Second Meeting: Discussion of the Book – Date to be determined at first meeting
  3. Third Meeting: Social – Date to be determined at first meeting


  • Time: 4:30pm
  • Where: WROTL Office (130 Highland Rd East)
  • Registration: Click here.

Woman-to-Woman Dinner with Dr. Keleta-Mae – Tues., April 12, 2016

Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae B.A., M.F.A., PhD.

Women, Leadership and Transformation

ETFO Waterloo Contract & Occasional Teachers’ Status of Women Committees Present the Woman to Woman Dinner with Keynote speaker Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae,  Assistant Professor at U. of W. Her research interests are in performance, gender studies, critical race theory and autoethnography.

Dr. KeletaMae is also an award-winning performance poet and playwright who has released two full-length albums

  • Date: Tuesday April 12, 2016
  • Location: Holiday Inn Kitchener, 30 Fairway Road South
  • Time: 5:00pm Social, 6:00pm Dinner
  • ETFO Members $25
  • NonMembers $40

Purchase Tickets by March 31st with specific dinner order and names using the link below.

Partageons de la pizza et des paroles professionnelles à la pizzeria Mother’s

jeudi, le 21 avril – 16h45 à 18h00

Thursday, April 21 – 4:45 to 6:00 pm

Mother’s Pizza – 4391 King St E, Kitchener(en face du Costco, Sportsworld)

  • Apportez vos meilleures activités orales à partager
  • Apportez ​une feuille​ /​ une activité​ à partager.
  • Il n’est pas nécessaire de présenter une unité/leçon entire.
  • Rafraîchissements fournis (pizza, ailes de poulet, nachos, trempette et autres)

Please email Amanda Drewett (through Waterworks) by Friday, April 8 to register ­- spots are limited!
Please include your program (Core/FI) and panel (P/J/I), or indicate LTO/OT.