Researchers Confirm Better Teacher Working Conditions Are Critical for Student Success



    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
is holding its first ever international symposium on teacher working
conditions in Toronto on June 14-15.
    Speakers from Canada, the U.S. and England will present research
identifying teacher working conditions that promote student success and will
discuss policies that have achieved a more positive teaching and learning
environment.
    Keynote speakers include Ken Leithwood, a professor at the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto (OISE), who will
summarize results of an extensive review of teacher working conditions he
conducted on behalf of ETFO. Dr. Leithwood will also recommend actions that
can be taken by teachers, administrators and policy makers to create more
positive working conditions.
    A plenary panel chaired by Ben Levin, OISE professor and former Ontario
Deputy Minister of Education, will identify the key conclusions of the
symposium and strategies for action.
    "Most people would agree that the way to improve student learning lies in
the classroom," said ETFO president Emily Noble. "Teachers can play a key role
in closing the gap between student potential and student achievement. But they
can only do this if they have the proper resources and a supportive school
environment.
    "If we are serious about improving student learning, we must pay more
attention to improving teacher working conditions," Noble concluded.

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

    Attention Editors: For complete symposium agenda and descriptions of
speakers and presentations, go to http://etfo.ca, click on 'Teacher Working
Conditions That Matter', click on 'Agenda in Detail'.




For further information:

For further information: Emily Noble, President, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1480 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836, (Office) (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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