Nominations for the ETFO Waterloo Contract Teacher Executive and Annual Meeting Delegates NOW OPEN!
For nominated candidates, please visit the Federation Election Page at https://www.etfowr.ca/federation_elections.
We believe in supporting our members in making positive environmental choices! Any active member of ETFO-WRTL may apply for the Electric Vehicle Incentive. Eligible vehicles are those classified as a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV) as per the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Applications that are received by the deadline will be considered and up to eight members may share equally in the $4000 incentive. The draw will be by lot from the completed applications according to the criteria listed above.
Each year, the incentive programme will run from June 1st of one year to May 31st (or the nearest school day to that date) of the next year. To qualify for the 2018-2019 incentive, you must be an ETFO WATERLOO CONTRACT TEACHER that purchased or leased the vehicle no earlier than June 1st, 2018 and no later than May 31st, 2019.
What: You are invited to participate in a GSA Button Making Challenge that is being put on by the ETFO-WR Equity and Social Justice Committee.
How: Have your students design their own buttons using the template provided (see link below). Have each student send their favourite design to Mary-Louise Skornyak or Lisa Lynch at Suddaby Public School through the courier. “Winning” buttons will be made and sent back to your student!
Hint: Every button wins while supplies last!
When: Deadline Friday, March 30th
The Alexander Fleming Award was named after Alex Fleming, a former principal in Kitchener. Alex Fleming had a reputation as a “fine” gentleman and was well-respected in the education community. Fleming retired in the 1970s, after nurturing and mentoring many new teachers over the span of his career.
This award is for *teachers in their first five years ONLY*.
- must be nominated and supported by an ETFO-WRTL member
- demonstrate the following qualities
- Up to 5 years of contract teaching experience
- Provided an exemplary program for students
- Is respected and admired by students, parents, and co-workers
- Shows initiative in continuing his/her professional growth
Deadline to submit nomination packages to ETFO Office is Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 pm.
ETFO Waterloo has been actively engaged in on-going lobbying efforts with our trustees and local MPPs regarding violence in the workplace. As a result, WRDSB Trustees requested a report on Violence in Schools and to share data related to incidents of aggression. ETFO Waterloo President Greg Weiler and Vice President Jeff Pelich presented as a delegation at this meeting. You can read Jeff's presentation here.
Following the delegation and report, Trustees passed two motions.
1) To send a letter to Ontario Public School Board Association and the Ministry of Education demanding action on violence in the workplace. Our OPSBA rep will bring forward this request directly to their organization to join our call for further resources and a review of the funding formula.
2) That the WRDSB share in writing on a quarterly basis the data related to the number of incidents of aggression. This will ensure that the increasing number and severity of violent incidents of aggression will remain on the radar locally.
Over the last week, ETFO Waterloo has been featured prominently in the local and provincial media due to these efforts and the release of the results of the Provincial Member Survey on Workplace Violence.
Waterloo Region Record - Alarm grows as more violent and unruly students lash out at teachers
CTV Kitchener - Violence in the classroom on the rise locally and provincially
CTV Kitchener - WRDSB teachers faced violence 1300 times last year
Kitchener Post - Violence on the rise, teachers' union says
Waterloo Region Record - Editorial: End the Violence in our Schools
December is often the month we think of celebrations and traditions, with Christmas holidays upon us. Though many people celebrate some aspect of Christmas (the birth of Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, gift giving, etc.), it is important to keep in mind that many of our students do not celebrate Christmas and may have other traditions that should be validated. For example, on December 1st those of Islamic Faith recognized ‘Mawlid al-Nabi’ which marked the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. Shortly after Advent began (Dec. 3rd), which is the start of the Church year and preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, Mahayana Buddhists celebrated Bodhi Day (Dec. 8th). This is also known as ‘Awakening Day’ and is the anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment. Neopagans celebrate Yule (Dec. 21st) and then there is ‘Death of the Prophet Zarathustra,’ recognized by those of the Zoroastrian faith. Other more well-known celebrations are coming up, such as Hanukkah - the Jewish Festival of Lights (Dec. 13th-20th), Christmas Day - the birth of Jesus Christ (Dec. 25th), Kwanzaa - African Canadian heritage and harvest festival (Dec. 26th - Jan 1st).
How can we include so many traditions in meaningful ways? One way is to by having resources that acknowledge the diversity of our student population. Books, posters, and decorations that are not just ‘Christmas’ centred, can open up conversations with students about different traditions. Having school-wide announcements highlighting some of the days of significance is another way that brings awareness to the diversity represented in our schools and communities. Students and staff sharing personal experiences are also very meaningful and a connecting point as we learn from each other. If the students are doing Christmas activities in class, for example, writing letters to Santa or making Christmas crafts, we should be accommodating for the students not celebrating Christmas by altering the activity accordingly.
As we think about our own traditions and celebrations this holiday season, let us be mindful of the many other days of significance to ensure that we are being equitable and inclusive in our teaching practice.
Reference: Days of Significance Calendar created in collaboration with Interfaith Grand River.
The ETFO Waterloo Region Professional Learning committee is seeking applications from local members who are interested in developing their educational leadership and presentation skills through the creation of a two hour after school workshop for elementary educators.
Individual or two-person applications will be accepted. Workshops will be selected based on their alignment with the criteria listed below and all applicants will receive feedback from the Professional Learning Committee.
Preference will be given to topics that address the following local professional learning priorities:
Physical Education and DPA;
At-Risk and/or Vulnerable students;
reflect sound knowledge of the Ontario Curriculum;
are based on current research;
integrate equity principles;
demonstrate the principles of adult learning;
incorporate effective instruction and assessment practices;
connect a component of the workshop to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit issues;
align with ETFO Waterloo Priorities.
Successful applicants will receive the following support:
Receive one 0.5 day to prepare before their presentation;
Workshop advertising and registration run by the local office;
Any handouts will be copied by the local;
The workshop will take place at the ETFO Waterloo Office;
A light dinner will be provided for participants/presenter;
Participant feedback will be provided to the presenter.
Complete the application at the link below and return to the
ETFO Waterloo Office by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 15.