Summer School Starts for Elementary Public School Teachers

    It's back to school in July and August for more than 2,000 teachers

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - While many people are enjoying their summer
vacation, over 200 Ontario elementary public school teachers will be spending
the first week of their summer break in the classroom. They are the first wave
of more than 2,000 Ontario teachers who will take part in Summer Academy 2007
over the next two months.
    Summer Academy, now in its fifth year, is the professional development
program offered in partnership by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), teacher and occasional locals, and many district school
    ETFO president Emily Noble welcomed the enthusiastic participants. "By
spending part of your personal time to expand your professional skills you are
confirming your ongoing commitment to deliver quality public education in
Ontario," said Noble.
    This is the second year ETFO has received provincial funding for
professional development.
    "Provincial funding enables us to offer more courses, add a special
program for arts educators and specialist teachers, and provide enhanced
resources to participants," Noble added.
    "The McGuinty government is pleased to again support this major ETFO
professional development initiative. A continuing enhancement of teaching
skills is so important in today's education environment," said Kathleen Wynne,
Minister of Education. "By working together, we are ensuring that student
achievement can equal student potential."
    Noble added: "These numerous and varied courses give our members
additional skills to help them improve learning outcomes for all students. It
underlines that as professional educators, elementary teachers will always
choose the professional development skills that meet their individual needs."
    This year is the first time that Ontario elementary public school
teachers will be able to take part in a Summer Arts Academy that focuses on
music, integrated arts, visual arts, and drama/dance. The Arts Academy, funded
by the Ministry of Education, is offered in partnership with the Ontario Arts
Council, the Stratford festival, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Following the first wave of teachers attending courses next week, another
1,800 ETFO members will take part in one or more of the following over the
next two months:

    -   50 courses focusing on curriculum, classroom management, program
        planning and assessment, and other topics that will support the
        personal and professional learning goals of Grade 1 to 8 teachers
    -   Summer Arts Academy for experienced or specialist arts educators
    -   Body Image Summer Institute, a two-day training session for ETFO
        members and school teams who want to facilitate ETFO's body image
        curriculum in their schools
    -   The Aboriginal Education Summer Academy which focuses on
        First Nations culture and history
    -   Reflections on Practice: A Women's Leadership Institute for women
        wishing to enhance their leadership skills
    -   Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) courses for teachers wishing
        to take leadership roles in their federation or in their school.

    All courses are planned and taught by ETFO members.

    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: Emily Noble, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(office), (416) 948-1480 (cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 or toll-free at 1-888-838-3836, ext. 2331, (416) 948-0195 (cell),

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