ETFO Rally from 2001

This article is part of a series reflecting on the history of ETFO on our 20th anniversary. Look for the follow up article in the winter issue of Voice!

children dancing and playing in classroom

It’s spring and the playground at Chatham’s Queen Elizabeth II School is alive with the steady beat of jump ropes slapping the asphalt and the sounds of kids repeating age-old chants: “One potato, two potato, three potato, four…”

teacher standing in front of classroom while children are working

“Those young people just don’t understand what we fought to achieve.”

They were deeply involved in the federal election. They met the candidates.

As intermediate teachers, one of our major concerns is motivating our students.


Chaque élève qui se présente dans une classe de français langue seconde arrive avec un riche bagage culturel, prêt à être partagé avec la communauté scolaire. Il s’agit pour l’enseignante ou l’enseignant de puiser dans cette richesse culturelle que représentent ses élèves et de les motiver afin d’enrichir leurs interactions avec leurs camarades.

teacher showing elementary student in book

The academic achievement of boys has long been a worrisome issue for educators. The most recent EQAO assessment of Ontario’s grade 3 and 6 students (released last November) does nothing to lessen concern.

Teacher in school teaching class

Teaching for Deep Understanding is a call for curriculum reform in Ontario. It is our response to the concerns of our members about the Ontario curriculum. We hope our work provokes deep and thoughtful discussion about the Ontario curriculum that we need.


Ben Levin became Ontario's new deputy minister for education on December 6. Dr. Levin is a researcher and former deputy minister of education in Manitoba. To introduce him to ETFO members, we asked Dr. Levin to tell us about his goals and accomplishments.

child in classroom looking at workbook

“Though the developed countries of the world presently have the resources to feed and educate everyone on earth, more than half the world’s children live in abject poverty ... JUMP was founded in reaction to the institutionalized apathy and ignorance that underlie these problems.”