Classroom

From the Editor

Izida Zorde

In the winter issue of Voice, we focus on the importance of solidarity during work-to-rule strike action and on our efforts to ensure that Ontario continues to have one of the best public education systems in the world.

Letter from the Editor

Izida Zorde

With contracts expiring at the end of August, this issue of Voice focuses on collective bargaining. It also includes an interview with three local leaders.

End EQAO

Tara Zwolinski
Tara Zwolinski on the problems inherent in the EQAO and its negative impacts on students and educators.

Addressing Poverty in Elementary Schools

Megan Perry

ETFO podcast Elementary: A Podcast from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario addresses issues of importance for ETFO members. Many teachers and education workers are faced with issues of poverty in their classrooms.

Prioritizing Wages and Working Conditions

Emis Akbari and Kerry Mccuaig
Emis Akbari and Kerry McCuaig caution that the Ontario government risks the goals of the entire child care agreement if it ignores the needs of early childhood educators.

Violence Against Women

Elizabeth Mitchell
Educators have experienced a sevenfold increase in violence since 2005. Elizabeth Mitchell writes about the connection to gender.

Surviving Hybrid

Patrice White
Patrice White reflects on the impossibility of the hybrid model and how everyone – students and staff included – suffers.

Technology and the Post Pandemic Era

Beverly Fiddler and Michael Clarke

When the 2019-2020 school year began, ETFO members braced for labour unrest that had not been seen since the Mike Harris days. Who could have predicted the events in early March 2020? Pivoting to a distance learning model was unchartered territory for educators.