ETFO eNewsletter

January 2013
Vol. 7 No. 14


Voice iPAD Contest 


Like the new ETFO Voice Facebook page before March 1, 2013 and be entered to win a brand new iPad with accessories! This contest is only open to ETFO members. The winner will be notified on March 10, 2013 and announced in the spring issue of Voice.  


Online now, read the winter issue of Voice and post your comments at

Every Teacher Project


ETFO teachers have the opportunity to participate in a new three-year study that will collect information on inclusive education practices for sexual and gender minority students. Have your voice heard!    

Curriculum Connections 

Social Justice Begins with Me


For the month of January, we would like to share book lists on ability/disability and on faith from the ETFO resource Social Justice Begins With Me. These books are for JK/SK to grade 8 and include lessons with web links and community connections. The list of books has been posted and the entire kit is available for purchase.   


For more information about Social Justice Begins with Me, contact    Adam Peer, Equity and Women's Services at  

Sage Advice - shorts 

Lockdown Procedures 


Ontario school boards must have lockdown plans for each worksite. Click here to access the Ministry's lockdown policy.


In practical terms, doors with locks should be in working order.  Occasional teachers should have classroom keys and staff must be able to contact the office quickly and easily. Each school year, there have to be two lockdown drills. Report concerns about lockdown procedures to the principal. Get support from your local president.


For additional information contact Valence Young, Protective Services  

PRS MAtters 

Member Mental Health 

PRS Matters Volume 67 - Member Mental Health

This volume includes information for all members about signs of mental health issues, taking care of your mental health, and resources related to mental health. For additional advice, please contact ETFO staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.

ETFO Awards


The ETFO Awards Program recognizes distinguished academic achievements and outstanding contributions to education and the federation by its members and others. Over one hundred thousand dollars is distributed annually to members and community groups through the awards program.


The application forms for awards with a February 1st deadline are now available online or by searching awards at 


ETFO Standing Committees 


Here's your chance to become involved in your union by applying for a position on an ETFO Standing Committee. You will have the opportunity to share your expertise and become an empowering voice on federation issues related to provincial policies, positions, programs, and initiatives.


2013-2015 applications are being accepted for appointments to standing committees. See our website for further details or to apply online. The deadline for applications for the 2013-2015 term is MARCH 1, 2013.

Edward Burtynsky Award


This award for teaching excellence in environmental education recognizes and celebrates outstanding elementary educators who create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious, inspired world citizens. Go to the contest page for details and the entry form. Deadline February 22.


Upcoming ETFO conferences  ... and still we rise (Feb 20-22, 2013), Women's Collective Bargaining Conference (March 21-21, 2013).  

See ETFO's calendar for upcoming events and the highlights page of to find out what's new at the federation.  


For information related to collective bargaining go to