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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!

Teacher working with student in wheelchair

As educators, most of us have taught a student with a disability.

Students sitting in a circle of chairs

Nine-year-old Chris Hadfield was spending a typical summer at his family’s island cottage in southern Ontario when he observed an event that set his life’s direction.

Michelle Richardson Family standing on cliff in Scotland

As I walked out of the Edinburgh airport on July 30, 2013 and felt the Scottish wind on my face, my dream of doing a teaching exchange became a reality.

Self identification infographic

Understanding the difference between equality and equity can be difficult. A simple activity in which a group of people sit in a circle and place their shoes in a pile at the centre can demonstrate the difference.

ETFO members standing with signs at rally

Participation in political rallies gives ETFO members an important opportunity to support their union’s bargaining position; it gives them a public voice on how contract provisions directly affect classroom working and learning conditions. ETFO members find themselves once again compelled to protest the government and employer stance at the bargaining table.

ETFO President Sam Hammond speaking with media

In September 2014, ETFO began central table discussions with the government and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) to negotiate renewed collective agreements for our teacher and occasional teacher members.

Children wearing snowsuits standing near wooded area

“Why are we learning outdoors? … To wake up our brains” is the loud chorus from my Grade 2 students at Little Falls Public School. Outdoor learning is an integral part of their daily lives. These students come to school prepared; dressed in layers, with their water bottles, hats and splash pants, they are ready for a day of active learning.

woman holding paper with art on it

ETFO’s annual leadership conference for women, … and still we rise (ASWR), is known for providing inspiring ideas women educators can use to make a difference in their classrooms and communities.

Classroom full of students overseas

Project Overseas. These words hung in the back of my mind for almost a decade.

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