It's Back to School in Summer for Elementary Teachers



    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Their school year will soon be over, but 2300
Ontario elementary public school teachers are looking forward to spending part
of their summer break back in the classroom as participants in Summer Academy
2008.
    Now in its sixth year, Summer Academy is the professional development
program offered in partnership by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), teacher and occasional teacher locals, and many district
school boards.
    This year's Summer Academy includes more than 90 three-day curriculum
courses for Kindergarten to Grade 8 teachers. All courses are planned and
taught by ETFO members.
    The program also includes a summer aboriginal learning experience, a body
image course, a women's leadership institute, four summer arts courses for
experienced arts educators, and ETFO's Principal's Qualification Program. (For
complete course descriptions, go to www.etfo.ca and click on the Summer
Academy logo.)
    "By spending part of their personal time to support their professional
learning goals, our members are demonstrating their ongoing commitment to
deliver quality public education to Ontario's young children," said ETFO
president David Clegg.
    This is the third year ETFO has received provincial funding for
professional development.
    "Funding from the Ministry of Education enables us to offer additional
courses as well as enhanced resources for our participants," said Clegg.
    "The people who work in our schools have a tremendous impact on student
achievement," said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. "An investment in
their learning and development is an investment in our schools and our
students."
    Clegg added: "The many courses provided through the Summer Academy allow
our members to choose the professional development opportunities that meet
their individual needs and that help them improve learning outcomes for all
their students."

    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)

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