Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

August 15, 2005 16:40 ET

TEACHERS URGED TO RECLAIM CLASSROOMS

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2005) - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is challenging its members to
seize control of their professional practice.

"Over the last decade the professionalism of teachers has been challenged by the push
to standardize teaching and testing, and remake schools in a corporate image," ETFO
President Emily Noble told the federation's annual meeting. These practices are often
in conflict with what teachers know is in their students' best interests.

"Now is the time for teachers to dare to dream," Noble said. "It is time for the true professionals,
who understand best the educational needs of elementary students, to determine the
learning strategies that take place in their classrooms."

"We have led a revival in public support for public education. It is time for our members
to also lead the province and the country in teacher professionalism. As a union we will
increase the focus on teachers as self-directed professionals."

ETFO has become the leader in teacher bargaining in Ontario, Noble declared. The
federation today opened its meeting with a celebration of the improvements in teachers'
working conditions-including 200 minutes of preparation time-achieved in collective
bargaining this spring.

"We want to make equally significant improvements in the working conditions of
occasional teachers, whose collective agreements are still to be negotiated," Noble said.

The ETFO annual meeting is taking place August 15-18 at Toronto's Sheraton Centre.
Noble's remarks can be found at www.etfo.ca.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) represents 65,000 public
elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest
teacher union in Canada outside of Quebec.
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Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand, President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org