Category Archives: Training

Upcoming Events – Mar-May 2016


coming-soon DATE EVENT

Tues., March 29


Tim Horton’s Meet & Greet
(Homer Watson & 401) 3:45-5pm


Wed., March 30


Coffee & Kids Drop-In 10:30am


Thurs., March 31


Islamophobia Workshop


Thurs., March 31


Girl Runner: A Book Club


Wed., April 6


OT Drop-In: Working with ESL Students


Mon., April 18


Tim Horton’s Meet & Greet
(University & Fischer-Hallman)


Fri., April 22


Carousel of Workshops


Mon., May 2


Making Math Happen Workshop


Mon., May 16


OT Drop-In: Math AQ Support


Thurs., May 19


Local Annual General Meeting

Registration information for workshops will follow closer to the date!


OTF Webinars

otfCheck out the OTF Connects March Webinar offerings – supporting teachers in the area of mathematics and in the use of technology!

Created for teachers by teachers, OTF Connects webinars address a wide variety of topics across grade levels. Our easy-to-use webinar technology provides you and your colleagues with free, effective PD accessible from home or your mobile device. Join colleagues from across the province to learn and share together. OTF Connects adds new webinars regularly – please keep checking the calendar for new sessions.

For more information or to see a full calendar of events click here to go to the OTF website.

5th Annual Carousel of Workshops – 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.

AQ Subsidies

The Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, is offering financial assistance to teachers wishing to take additional qualification courses. Teachers can apply for a subsidy of up to $450 for each approved course taken in Mathematics or Technology.

This subsidy applies to courses completed on or after February 1, 2016.

The subsidized mathematics courses are:

  •    Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 1
  •    Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 2
  •    Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Specialist
  •    Mathematics, Grades 7 and 8
  •    Mathematics, Intermediate/Senior (ABQ)
  •    Mathematics, Honours Specialist
  •    Any undergraduate mathematics course that is prerequisite to the AQ/ABQ courses listed above

The subsidized technology courses are:

  •    Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 1
  •    Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 2
  •    Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Specialist
  •    Teaching and Learning through e-Learning

For more information, go to the OTF website


This subsidy can be paired with our own Membership development funds.


Along with OTF, the Waterloo Region District School Board is also offering subsidies for Math AQ’s:

  • Teachers who have registered for a Mathematics AQ, ABQ or undergraduate AQ pre-requisite course are entitled to a subsidy of $450 from The Ministry of Education.
  • The WRDSB is prepared to pay the remainder of the course fee. In order to receive this subsidy, a teacher must have paid for, and successfully completed, the course.
  • The subsidy is then accessed through a request for reimbursement in the following way:
  • Teachers who registered for a mathematics AQ, ABQ or undergraduate AQ pre-requisite course that commenced after September 1, 2015.


For more information about this subsidy click here or see the system memo in WaterWorks.

Assessment Workshop: Mon., Nov. 30 @ 4:45 PM

How to observe, assess, and report  without losing your mind!


The New Members Committee (WRTL) invites all those in an LTO to attend this wonderful workshop opportunity!

  • Monday, November 30 – 4:45 to 6:30 pm
  • ETFO Office – 610 Wabanaki Drive, Kitchener


Report Cards with Mike Sendrea


Building Reusable Comments in TWEA

Google Apps for Assessment

From Observations to Report Cards

Bring your devices (tablet, iPad, SmartPhone, laptop, anything!)

Refreshments, Door Prizes, and Take Home Resources!


Please email Amanda Drewett (through waterworks) by Monday, November 23 to register.


Workshop: Student Mental Health – Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015


As the number of students with special needs in the regular classroom increases, it is essential that teachers are supported in working with these students and their unique needs. This after school workshop will focus on developing student mental health awareness and strategies to support student mental health.

The PL Committee is pleased to welcome George Mantik as he takes us through strategies to deal with mental health issues, both as a classroom teacher and a daily occasional teacher.

Free resources are provided to each attendee.  Register early as space is limited!

A light meal will be provided.  Dependent Care subsidy available upon request.

Extra parking is available diagonally across the street at the “Big Bear” plaza.

Please note that if you are placed on a waiting list you will be contacted by email if a space becomes available.

SafeTALK Workshop – May 27, 2015

SafeTALK Workshop

– Free Certification

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

The Equity and Social Justice Committee is hosing a safeTALK workshop. This workshop is supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association and is for community members to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and help them connect with further help and care. This 3 hour workshop teaches the attendee the 4 basic steps to recognize individuals with thoughts of suicide and connect them with help.

Each member who attends will receive a resource book, a wallet sized card and will also receive a certificate of completion. A light dinner will also be served.

Space is limited.