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October 20, 2021
Celebrating DECEs for Their Role
This week kick up those fall leaves and join us to celebrate designated early childhood educators (DECEs) for their exceptional contributions to children's development, success and well-being.
“Since welcoming DECEs into classrooms as part of the educator team in Full-Day Kindergarten classrooms in 2010, we have seen how their expertise and care strongly benefits the learning and growth of early learners,” says ETFO President Karen Brown.
Read our media release marking October 21 as Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day and help us acknowledge their contributions. 
Union Heritage Moment 
Early Childhood Educators are an important part of our union’s history. Ten years ago, ETFO advocated to preserve quality education and working conditions for all DECEs in elementary schools. We offered DECEs the opportunity to join the union, and they said yes!
Watch this short video featuring a snapshot of when DECEs joined the union.
Sharpen Your Organizing Skills 
As part of our #Mobilizefor2022 campaign, three webinars will be offered to help you learn tools to advocate effectively to elect a government that will support Ontario’s world-renowned public education system.
Each session will be one hour and starts at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the designated Wednesdays listed below. Don’t miss out - register at and please share these workshops with your colleagues!

Media Training on October 27

  • This workshop will teach members how to produce better pitches, reach more journalists, generate more earned media into communities, and tell your own story using alternative media.

Electoral Organizing on November 3

  • This training will explain and demystify everything from becoming a candidate, volunteering, data tracking, and getting out the vote by offering a broad overview of the roles, strategies, and concepts of election campaigns.

Canvassing 101 on November 10

  • Participants will be guided through the different forms of voter outreach, learn tools to canvass communities virtually, go door to door and phone bank.
Goal-setting for 2022 Bargaining is on Now!
Have you received your email from Stratcom with a link to ETFO’s 2022 Central Bargaining Goals survey?
Check your spam folder; it may be there.

If it isn’t, please go to, click on "Contact Us" and ask for your link. The survey is available to members until November 3. Your voice matters and your opinion matters - complete the survey today!
Media Literacy Week 
Did you know that October 25-30 is Media Literacy Week?

This year, Media Literacy Week will highlight digital media literacy core competencies throughout the week and you can take part in online events to enhance your digital literacy skills.

Be sure to check out for more info and the teachers' resource hub!

Professional Learning Events
Women's Collective Bargaining Conference - Level One
November 25

This conference is an introductory level about the collective bargaining process and how to get involved in local bargaining. To learn more, please read this flyer.
Registration closes Friday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
Engaging Learners Through Trauma Informed Practice
November 12

ETFO invites 73 women members to register for a one-day First Nations, Métis and Inuit education learning opportunity. This session, led by Right to Play, will support educators in their instructional practice and offer knowledge building about Indigenous Peoples. Review this flyer to learn more.
Registration closes Friday, October 22.
Mentor Coaching Institute for Women: Mentee Program

Do you want to develop union leadership skills, become more active in ETFO, and be part of the social justice movement?
This is a unique two-year opportunity for women to work with a mentor to realize their union leadership aspirations. Mentees will work with a professionally trained ETFO mentor. Read more here.

Apply by Friday, November 5.
Balance Act: Women’s Health Conference
December 2 and 3

This Professional Relations  Services conference focuses on women’s health and well-being with a focus on Black women's health and wellness. The event is open to all women, with priority given to women who identify as Black. For more info, review this flyer.
Apply for a spot by Friday, November 5.
Member Services
Learn About Your Pension
Both the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) are offering online presentations to their members.
What Are the Implications of Virtual Teaching?
The Ontario Teachers’ Federation is conducting an evaluation to explore the current and future implications of online/virtual teaching and learning in the K-12 educational context in Ontario. This external evaluation will support its implementation at arm’s length.

The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, depending on your open-ended responses. The deadline for the completion of the survey is November 8, 2021.
To participate in the survey, please click here. For more information, view this PDF.
Resources for Educators
  • In an alarming and disappointing move last week, the New Brunswick government ordered to halt all First Nations land acknowledgments. ETFO believes and understands that recognizing the land we are on as Indigenous land is an essential first step towards uncovering truth and meaningful reconciliation. Still, it is a bare minimum, and much more is needed. Be sure to check out our Going Beyond A Land Acknowledgement resource for classroom ideas.

  • As a new Heart and Art ETFO blogger, Gary Stewart shares a piece of his lived experience in Who Am I?  
Roundabouts Don’t Have to Be Scary
October usually brings images of ghosts, goblins, skeletons and other classic “spooky season” frights. If driving through a roundabout is on your list of “spooky” things, read on.
While roundabouts have become increasingly popular in Canada over the years, these options are only a tiny fraction of the country's intersections and continue to leave many drivers apprehensive. But navigating a roundabout doesn't have to be scary! Learn more with this OTIP resource
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