International Day of Pink

April 13 marks the International Day of Pink and we are taking a public stance to say NO to 2SLGBTQ+ bullying in all its forms. The 2022 theme focuses on members of the queer community with intersectional identities.

While the International Day of Pink only happens once a year, we support 2SLGBTQ+ students all year long. Please check out these resources to support this essential work.

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International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

AOTL celebrates the amazing women in our schools and the incredible impact they have each and every day.

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Wear RED for ED

ETFO members are working through one of the most challenging times in our history!

ETFO, along with other education front-line workers, have been fighting hard to ensure safe working and learning conditions during this pandemic and to demand fairness and justice for all workers. Show your solidarity with others when you wear RED for ED each and every Friday beginning on Feb 11!

Take pictures of yourself and colleagues wearing red and share them on social media using the hashag #RedforEd.

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for us to reflect, become educated and take action to address past and current injustices against Indigenous Peoples, while centring Survivors, their descendants and those who never made it home. It is a day to mourn the loss of the children whose bodies were recovered this year, those still to come home, and all those affected by both the direct and intergenerational impact of residential schools.

If you are teaching on September 30, we encourage you to wear orange and to allocate a portion of the day to age-appropriate opportunities for learning and reflection about Truth and Reconciliation.  The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has a page dedicated to teaching resources which we recommend.  Whatever activities you decide to undertake, this day will be an important opportunity for all students to reflect on the history of Residential Schools and to honour the lives lost.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Indigenous Education.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month exists to remind us all of the rich contributions within our society from people of African and Caribbean decent, and of their ongoing struggle for equity and social justice. Teachers have the opportunity to engage their students, not only during this month but throughout the school year, on recognizing the strengths and resiliency of communities that historically have been marginalized, as well examining issues of racism and the impact of discrimination on these communities.​

2021 Black History Month Poster

The 2021 ETFO Black History Month Poster (artist Leone McComas) explores how the commonly used and accepted map of our world is not accurate and rooted in bias and colonialism.

As the Mae Jemison quote captures: “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

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OCT Professional Advisory: Professional Boundaries

The Ontario College of Teachers has released a new Professional Advisory: Professional Boundaries – An Advisory for Ontario Certified Teachers.

Released October 1, 2020, the new advisory on professional boundaries highlights parameters that should inform teachers’ judgement and professional practice and defines the professional boundaries teachers must maintain with students.

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World Teachers’ Day 2020

We’d like to wish a happy World Teachers’ Day to our amazing ETFO occasional teachers and other local educators! You tirelessly provide our students quality opportunities to grow into the very best they can be.

THANK YOU for all you do as the heartbeat of public education here in Algoma District!

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