TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Hilda Watkins, President of the Ontario
Teachers' Federation, today presented Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne
with the first copy of the video, No Two Alike, and its accompanying book,
Beyond PD Days - Teachers' Work and Learning in Canada from the Teaching
Matters professional development project of OTF.
Teaching Matters is a professional development project of the Ontario
Teachers' Federation with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Teacher on-going learning is an issue that is important to OTF.
No Two Alike is aimed at teacher leaders in school boards and OTF
Affiliates who are responsible for directing professional development. Based
on research conducted by OTF and the Teacher Learning and Work Group, the
video addresses what teachers need in professional development. It focuses on
how offerings need to be tailored to teachers' individual needs. As Professor
Harry Smaller, Faculty of Education, York University, says in the video ... "I
think what we have learned now is that one size doesn't fit all, for a lot of
things, including teachers' professional development."
Researchers and teachers discuss strategies to differentiate professional
learning programs to meet the needs of experienced, beginning and
internationally trained teachers. Professor Smaller says that for teachers,
what was important "...was to be involved in how it (PD) would be offered and
what kinds of things would happen...".
"We know from research over the years, that the majority of teachers
undertake at least one professional development activity every year," said
President Hilda Watkins. "We also know that teachers want time and practical
professional development that they can apply directly to their classroom."
"No Two Alike is a start in sharing what we have learned from research
with educators who are responsible for directing local professional
development," Watkins added. "We are very pleased that we are able to do this
work because of support from Minister Wynne and the Ministry of Education. We
have also been able to use some of these Ministry funds to build an online PD
Web Center - including a fully searchable teacher professional development
calendar. This project will be available for teachers when they return to
school this fall."
The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 155,000 teachers. OTF members are full-time,
part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly funded schools in the
province-elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and francophone.
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For further information:
For further information: Kathleen Devlin, Director, Policy & Public
Affairs, Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel, OTF Office: (416) 213-7540, Cell: