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ETFO eNewsletter Vol. 12 No. 7 December 6, 2017

Posted: December 6,2017

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ETFOeNewsletter

December 6, 2017 

Vol. 12 No. 7  

 

December 6. Never again.

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DECEMBER 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. A commemorative plaque stands as a permanent fixture on the grounds of Montreal's École Polytechnique, on which is engraved the date December 6, 1989 and the names of 14 women who each carried with them the goal of pursuing engineering degrees.

December 6th was declared by the Parliament of Canada as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in 1991.

The day of observance was officially declared to remember and honour the memories of the Montreal massacre victims. It also acknowledges the approximately 3,400 other women in Canada whose names currently form part of a national femicide list - including at least 1,200 Indigenous women whose murders or disappearance are the subject of the ongoing National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

 

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UPDATE

Proposed OCT Member Fee Increase

 

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On December 5, ETFO Provincial Executive unanimously passed a motion condemning the proposed 20% increase to the Ontario College of Teachers member fee.

Later in the day a letter was sent to the Governing Councillors informing them of this decision and calling on them to vote against the fee increase.

The Governing Council is considering the recommended fee increase at their meeting this Thursday, December 7.

The OTF President is scheduled to make a deputation regarding this issue to the Governing Council at 9:15 a.m.

Members of the ETFO Provincial Executive, along with local leaders, will be gathering outside the OCT building from 8 - 9 a.m. on the 7th to send a strong message to the members of the Governing Council regarding this unfounded fee increase.

 

UPDATE

Review of Student Assessment in Ontario

 

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Your voice matters! We encourage ETFO members to share their front-line perspectives on classroom assessment, reporting and EQAO. There are several ways you can contribute:

  • Complete the public survey.
  • Participate in the online webcast on December 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #OntEdAssessment.
  • Attend one of the remaining public consultation sessions: Toronto on December 8 or Thunder Bay on December 12.

All information is available at the Ontario: A Learning Province website.

This is your opportunity to have your voice heard in order to shape assessment and reporting changes in Ontario.


 

RESOURCE

LGBTQ Inclusive SchoolPlace Starts Here

 

Inclusive School Place Starts Here - Video and Resource Guide for Educators

The LGBTQ Inclusive SchoolPlace Starts Here video and accompanying resource guide is a great resource to support professional learning and dialogue amongst ETFO members, administrators and family members on LGBTQ issues in education.

Visit the ETFO website for a preview of the video, information about professional learning, what our members are saying, and a sneak peak of the resource guide.

 

SURVEY

Renewed Math Strategy

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The Ministry of Education is currently reviewing the Renewed Math Strategy (RMS). ETFO is a part of the RMS work group which is assisting with the review.

The work group feels it is critical to gather data from frontline educators to understand their experience of the implementation the RMS since September 2016. This will assist the Ministry in making modifications to the Strategy in years two and three. 

ETFO and the other affiliates have provided feedback to the Ministry on the survey, which will be anonymous. Members are encouraged to share their experience of the RMS implementation by completing this online survey.

 

FOR BEGINNING TEACHERS

Heart and Art blog posts

 

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Here is some of the latest content available at www.heartandart.ca:

 

Blog Index

 

 

REGIONAL WORKSHOP

Woman Abuse Affects Our Children

Equity and Women's Services (EWS) is offering a two-day training opportunity for women members from ETFO locals in Hamilton-Wentworth, Grand Erie, Niagara, Waterloo, Halton and Upper Grand Regions.

Woman Abuse Affects Our Children will assist members with developing skills to identify and work with children exposed to woman abuse. Learn more by reading this flyer.

 

For Your Information

  • ETFO is seeking presenters for a Kindergarten conferenceto be held in Mississauga in April 2018. See this flyer for more details.
  • Interested in exchanging your teaching position with an educator in another country or provincefor a period of one year while continuing to be employed and paid by your home board, with all benefits and seniority retained? Learn more on the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation website.
  • Save $10 onCirque du Soleil Crystal coming to Windsor at WFCU Centre January 3rd through 7th! Watch as world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their frozen playground with speed and grace, challenging the laws of gravity with daring acrobatics.
  • ETFO members enjoyed 30% off Toronto Marlies gamesin November. Now this offer has been extended for games in December and January.

 

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