Wednesday, March 28, 2018

TVOT April 10th PD Event and TVDSB Paid PD Event : 2 Separate Events; Did you know...

Local PD Workshops - Join your peers for a lovely dinner before participating in 1 of 3 Professional Development Workshops being offered by your Local on April 10th, 2018, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South, in London.

Workshops, as requested by you, include:

1) 365 ETFO Black Canadian Curriculum and Calendar Workshop
2) Amplifying Student Voice and Choice
3) Shiny and New Writing Ideas

Registration is now open, please register for 1 only at for further descriptions and registration.

TVDSB Paid PD Opportunities - Not to be confused with the ETFOTVOT PD event mentioned above taking place on April 10th, there are still spots remaining for the Paid PD Event being offered by TVDSB on April 27.  Registration for this paid PD is on the Employee Portal and participation is recognized for all purposes, as time worked,

Did you know - Your Collective Agreement states:

  •  An OT who cancels a previously accepted assignment may not accept another assignment scheduled for that same day. (Art. L16.05(c)
  • Upon returning from a statutory leave, an OT may request an adjustment to their seniority and it will be based on the average number of days worked per year since the date of hire. (Art. L36.11(b)
  • An OT who reports for an assignment and finds that their services are not required, will stay at school, be assigned professional duties and be paid for the full assignment whether a half day or full day assignment. (Arts. L16.01 and L16.02)
  • Morning half-day assignments end no later than 20 minutes after the end of class and afternoon assignments shall begin no later than 20 minutes before class instructional time. (Art. L18.07)


On behalf of your ETFOTVOT President and Executive,  we wish you a safe and restful Easter Break!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Violence - Workplace Injury & Illness: 3rd video, Provincial ETFO 2018 All-Member Survey, New Elementary Itinerant LTO Pilot Project and Our Next PD Event

Provincial ETFO 2018 All-Member Survey

 Beginning March 20, 2018, a link to the ETFO All-Member survey will be sent to the membership via the email address on record. It will be sent from the email address

This is the survey that collects statistical information from the membership and is used by ETFO for planning and outreach purposes. The survey is online and requires about 3-5 minutes to complete. In the past some members have called their local office asking if they should complete the survey. If this does happen we would appreciate it if you could encourage completion.
New Elementary Itinerant LTO Pilot Project

Just to advise members, Elementary Occasional Teachers and Human Resources have collaborated and developed a pilot project.

An Itinerant Long Term Occasional Teacher pilot project has been developed to help support and respond to the daily unfilled vacancies that schools are experiencing. The majority of our unfilled vacancies are due to absences entered for same day.

The Board has identified regions within Thames Valley where unfilled vacancies have been high and we will deploy a total of 31 Itinerant LTOs to service regions of schools. The LTO postings were out yesterday and will be specific to our identified regions, the postings will include the listing of schools and will have a Designated Home School in the region identified. We will facilitate centralized placements into these LTO assignments. We anticipate having the Itinerant LTO in place for March 29.

Applicants must be flexible enough to teach every grade on short notice.

The successful Itinerant LTO candidates will be provided more detailed information on TVARRIS and expectations of the role upon completion of the centralized placement process.
Information will be emailed to ETFO-TVOT members who have accounts on the ETFO-TVOT website, regarding our next TVOT PD Event on April 10th.  Workshops will focus on:

- 365 ETFO Black Canadian Curriculum and Calendar   
- Amplifying Student Voice and Choice
- Literacy

Registration to open in the next few days at


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Risk Assessment and Safety Plans; ETFO's 2nd video, April 27th PAID PD Sessions, ETFO Conferences being offered to all members, Columbia Sportswear Invitation

Spots are limited and filling quickly for the April 27th Paid PD Event. Avoid disappointment.
Registration for the Board's Paid PD event is on the Employee Portal under Conference Registration.
The following worthwhile Conferences are scheduled for all interested Members.

An Introduction for Collective Bargaining Conference - Are you frustrated by the many challenging aspects of your working conditions? Do you want to know what to do about them? If so, this one-day conference is for you. Discover how strong collective agreements create fair workplaces. Learn about ETFO collective bargaining -past, present and future. You can be part of collective bargaining during the 2019 round of negotiations.
The workshop is open to all ETFO members in good standing. Selection criteria will take into consideration designated groups, geographical location and diversity of ETFO locals. To register, visit the ETFO Events Management System at and click on An Introduction Collective Bargaining Conference. Deadline to register is Thursday, March 15, 2018.  For more information, please contact Lisa Mastrobuono, Collective BargainingServices, or 1-888-838-3836, extension 2512.

A Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators: Understanding Marginalization in Public Education - If you are interested in developing an understanding of some of the causes and impacts of systemic marginalization in our public education system, we welcome male educators to apply to this conference which will take place Friday, May 4 (evening) and Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Participants will have an opportunity to network and to discuss marginalization in the educational context at the ETFO Office. Spaces are limited so register early. To see further details and to register, visit the ETFO Events Management System (EMS) at and click on the Men's Conference tab. Registration deadline is March 12, 2018. For more information, please contact Todd Rimmimngton, or 416-962-3836 extension 2259.

Collective Bargaining Conference-Your Collective Agreement 101-May 12, 2018 - This workshop is for members that are new to Collective Bargaining. Members will learn about legislative framework; education funding and grants; different member voices in the bargaining process; major components of central bargaining and the control system; and effective communication with members during a bargaining round. Registration opens March 12, 2018 and closes April 11, 2018. For more information, please contact Derek Hulse, or 416-962-3836 extension 2218.
Find your Columbia Sportswear Company Employee Store Invitation at under Member Services.
The Second video in ETFO's three-part series on Workplace violence focuses on how risks of violence are controlled in schools.