ETFO eNewsletter Vol 13 No 8 - December 18, 2018
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Casting call with action slate
ETFO Casting Call
Want to participate in a province-wide creative campaign going to market in the new year? ETFO is creating a positive, proactive public relations campaign that will feature our members!

We will be filming a television spot in mid-January and are looking to cast ETFO educators.

If you would like to be considered, please let us know immediately by sending an email to with a picture of yourself, a note about any previous experience (experience is not required), your email address and phone number, and a note about the best way to reach you.
Teacher & assistant with students
More cuts to education
Late last Friday school boards received word that $25 M in cuts would be made to the Education Program - Other grant. This follows the $100 M in cuts that were made to the school repair fund last summer.

These latest funding cuts will affect specialized programming supporting student mental health, Indigenous education and anti-poverty initiatives.

In a CBC news report, President Hammond described the move as "extremely rash and callous" in that "most of the programs being cut are vital extension programs for marginalized and vulnerable students."
Intermediate students dancing
Heart and Art blog
Here are some recent posts from our blog for (beginning) teachers:

Check out our archive containing hundreds of articles of interest to educators.
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Fighting fake news in the classroom
This feature article in the winter issue of Voice magazine focuses on teaching students to differentiate between real and fake news.

The article recommends a new interactive online resource from Civix (creators of Student Vote) called NewsWise.

The winter edition of Voice is in the mail on its way to your home, or read the article online.
Workplace Violence in School Boards: A Guide to the Law
Workplace violence resource now in PDF format
Earlier this fall we shared the online version of this document which evolved out of ETFO negotiations and the report of the 2014 ETFO MOU Task Force on Health and Safety.

The guide book is now available as a PDF file to make sharing and printing easier.
ETFO IWD t-shirt
IWD t-shirts available
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘intersectional feminism’ as demonstrated through Audre Lorde’s quote, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”

For this year's IWD, shopETFO is selling tapered cut and classic cut t-shirts in a wide range of sizes for $8.00 each. Only available until January 10.
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Reminder: harassment & violence survey
Just a reminder about this online survey by University of Ottawa researchers exploring ETFO members' experiences of workplace harassment and physical aggression in the 2017-18 school year.

The survey will remain open until December 21 at 11:59 p.m. All members are encouraged to participate.
ETFO logo with 'Don't forget your Validation Sticker'
Your validation/edvantage sticker
The winter issue of Voice magazine containing your member/ edvantage sticker is in the mail and should arrive by the end of the month.

Digital subscribers to the magazine and can get a sticker from their steward or local president. Those on a board-approved leave will have one mailed to their residence.

Occasional teachers who don't receive ETFO Voice can ask the steward in any school or their local president for a sticker.
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