Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

October 04, 2005 17:44 ET

ETFO welcomes beginning teacher program

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - Elementary public school teachers today welcomed the new program of supports for beginning teachers announced by Education Minister Gerard Kennedy.

"This initiative is a victory for teacher federations who have been advocating for this kind of program for years," said Emily Noble, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "We are pleased to see the end of the Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test, which was a meaningless exercise and waste of government money."

The new program is a result of a cooperative working relationship between teacher federations, ministry staff and other education stakeholders. "It proves that good things can happen when government listens to teachers," Noble said.

"New teachers need the orientation, professional development and mentoring that is part of the approach announced today," Noble added. "It will help strengthen their teaching and ultimately benefit their students."

These supports may also help lower the rate at which new teachers leave the profession, Noble pointed out. Demonstration programs run jointly by ETFO locals and some school boards have shown the programs can have a definite and positive impact on teacher retention.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside Quebec.

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Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org