Monthly Archives: September 2016

Fall General Meeting – Save the date

We will be honouring members who have served as Occasional Teachers for the WRDSB for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years.  We will also consider and vote on the final budget for 2016-2017, receive Executive/Committee Reports and honour retiring members.

A light dinner and beverages will be provided.unnamed-7

What: Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Fall Membership Meeting

Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2016

Place:  Schwaben Club – 1668 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2P1

Dependent care subsidy forms will be available.

Bill 115 Remedy

unnamed-6ETFO will be conducting all-member telephone town hall meetings on the evenings ofWednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6.

The purpose of the telephone town hall meetings is to provide members with information about the Superior Court’s decision and an update on ETFO’s remedy discussions with the government.  President Sam Hammond, General Secretary Sharon O’Halloran, and lawyer Howard Goldblatt will be in attendance during the town hall meetings.

There will be a total of four telephone town hall meetings held – two on October 5 and two on October 6.  The town hall meetings will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (EST) and from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (EST).  

On Monday, October 3, 2016, members will receive an eNewsletter with local allocations for the town hall meetings.  You will be called at the telephone number that ETFO has on file for you as of Friday, September 30, 2016, and invited to participate in a town hall meeting.

For more information about the Court decision that confirmed Bill115 violated our right to free and fair collective bargaining as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, watch President Hammond’s May 3, 2016 message to members.


etfoThe ETFO Benefits Plan will be starting on November 1st, 2016. Between October 11-14, enrollment instructions will be sent to you board e-mail address. Only those LTOs that are eligible for inclusion will be sent this e-mail. As members obtain a LTO they will then have the ability to enroll into this program.

For more information regarding the ETFO Benefits Plan please review past newsletters by visiting

Connections With Colleagues (Formerly Tim Horton’s Meet & Greet)

Location: Tim Horton’s in St. Jacobs – 1229 King Street N
Date: October 13, 2016unnamed-5
Time: 3:45pm – 5:00pm (about)
Come out and enjoy a beverage on the local!  Look for the WROTL sign!
These are opportunities for members to connect with the local and other members. We encourage members to consider joining us for a beverage and snack to discuss anything that is on your mind!

OTF Connects Fall Program – Register Now


The Ontario Teachers’ Federation is pleased to continue supporting self-directed teacher learning through OTF Connects. Developed by teachers for teachers, our free professional learning webinar program provides you with easy-to-access PD right at your home computer.

OTF Connects invites teachers to learn, share and collaborate with colleagues from across the province through rich, relevant professional learning opportunities. Teachers leave each session with immediately useful ideas for their classroom.

This year, our focus will be supporting teachers to enhance their classroom practice in Mathematics, the use of technology, the revised curriculum, full-day Kindergarten, and financial literacy.

Click here to view full calendar. There is no cost to ETFO members to register for these webinars

Online Book Club

To further support member learning and our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, two FNMI online book clubs were developed in the 2015-2016 year. One of these book clubs, Perspectives and the Truth and Reconciliation will be provided for members online on November 1-29, 2016.

This four weeketfo-online-book-club online learning will provide members to learn about the diversity of Aboriginal peoples, perspectives, the residential school system and reconciliation. The sessions include opportunities to explore cultural values, the impacts of the residential school system, and reconciliation and what that looks like for educators. Children’s and adult literature, and online resources are included in this welcoming online learning environment that is aimed to engage members in critical thinking, rich dialogue and personal reflection and professional connection.

There are twenty online spots available and there is no cost to the members participating in the program. Members can print and complete the registration form by October 14, 2016.

FMNI Resources

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Growth Chart Literacy Prompts, Grades K-8 resource is a companion to the Growth Chart poster that highlights a variety of texts that include diverse worldviews, perspectives and presence of First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) experiences, histories, and knowledge. The purpose of this literacy resource is to continue to support members utilizing FNMI texts listed in the Growth Chart.

This resource includes prompt sheets organized by text and grade division. Each sheet includes seven “Literacy Prompts” to encourage digging deeper in thinking and expression and four “Enrichment Activities” that further promote knowledge building, understanding and dialogue. Specific curriculum connections were intentionally excluded from each prompt sheet as the texts could easily be applied to various subjects and/or grade divisions. Members are encouraged to add or modify this resource to better suit the needs of their students and instructional practice.

This free resource is available online and can be found on ETFO’s Spirit Horse webpage at


What have you heard? An introduction to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.”

This online brochure was designed to introduce ETFO members to First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) people, the legacy of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and the move to reconciliation by addressing common statements that exist in our society regarding FNMI people. The resource provides information on historical and current issues, Canada’s collective history and relationship with Indigenous peoples, and ideas on what educators can do. The content in the brochure is hyperlinked to websites that will provide members with more in-depth information on various topics.

The brochure can be found on ETFO’s Spirit Horse website at