Media Advisory - Elementary Classrooms Can Be Places to Honour and Respect Differences

    Elementary public school teachers attend summer school for professional

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Our elementary classrooms reflect the fact that
Canada is one of the world's most socially diverse nations. Children in these
classrooms demonstrate their differences in many ways, including race, gender,
class, culture, and first language. To grow and prosper in this multicultural
environment, they need to respect these differences both in themselves and in
    How teachers can create a true community of learners where differences
are honoured and respected is the focus of a summer course being offered in
Toronto next week by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    The course is one of a broad range of professional development
opportunities offered this summer by ETFO in partnership with its locals
across the province and made possible in part by funding from the Ministry of
    Courses are planned and taught by ETFO members and designed to provide
teachers with practical skills and resources to use in their classrooms. More
than 2,000 elementary teachers are expected to take part in courses across the
province during July and August.
    Available courses include Summer Arts Academy courses, an Aboriginal
Education Summer Academy, a women's leadership institute, a body image course,
Principal's Qualification Program, and credit courses.

    ETFO is offering:

    What:  Creating A Passion For Community In Your Classroom

    When:  August 21-23; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Where: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
           12th Floor, 480 University Ave.

    For complete course descriptions, go to, click on 'Summer
Academy 2007', click on the Summer Academy logo, then click on 'List Courses'.

For further information:

For further information: Ruth Dawson, Location Manager, (416) 962-2836
(office), (416) 529-7019 (cell),; Larry Skory, ETFO
Communications, (416) 962-3836, toll-free 1-888-838-3836, ext. 2331, (416)
948-0195 (cell),

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