To be clear, elementary Occasional Teachers in TVDSB are still allowed to participate in paid PD opportunities, regardless of when these are offered and even though we are engaged in a provincial Work to Rule in support of ETFO bargaining.
Access to paid, self-directed professional development is something that was bargained for the benefit of our membership to 1) enable Occasional Teachers to seamlessly take over for an absent permanent Teacher, and 2) in recognition that our daily rate is divided by 194 teaching days, when in fact daily OTs do not work on PA Days.
Be sure to regularly check the Board Employee Portal under Conference Registrations to ensure you earn while you learn by taking advantage of the 4 half-days of paid PD to which you are entitled. Remember you must reserve a half day for the online mandatory training which will be posted in May, 2020. These days count for all purposes as time worked.
Contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarification.
TVOT Professional Learning Development Fund (PLDF)
Reminder to those of you who have applied for the Professional Learning Development Fund Subsidy - if your course is over or will complete this month, verification documentation is due within one school month after course completion.
We are impressed with the number of members who have applied for the subsidy- Keep up the great work!
Your Local TVOT Office will be closed for the Christmas break at end of day, Friday, December 20th and will reopen on Monday, January 6, 20290.
On behalf of your President, Terry Card and your TVOT Executive, we would like to wish everyone a restful, joyful and meaningful Holiday break and a Happy 2020!