TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) announced today it has become a benefactor of a new research Chair at
York University that will explore education in the context of today's urban
According to ETFO President David Clegg, the teacher federation is
donating $100,000 to support the 'Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New
Named after Jean Augustine, the first black woman elected to Canadian
Parliament, the Chair will look at social and equity issues in the urban
environment that shape student academic success.
"We are honoured to be part of such an illustrious undertaking which is
focused on benefitting student learning," said Clegg. "The research focus will
ensure that all children, even in complex and challenging urban environments,
can achieve their full potential."
Clegg noted that the federation is pleased the Chair will work in the
area of teacher training as well as research.
"The recent report from the Toronto Board of Education underlines the
many challenges students face in urban centres. Throughout Ontario, our
members are working with young students each and every day who are confronting
these same challenges. Information that will be available to teacher
candidates through this new Chair will ensure that teachers start their career
with important insights into these issues".
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
For further information:
For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836,
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications,
(416)962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)