TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - While the school year has ended for thousands of
Ontario elementary public school students, many of their teachers are planning
to spend part of their summer break back in the classroom as participants in
Summer Academy 2009.
Now in its seventh year, Summer Academy is the professional development
program offered in partnership by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), ETFO Teacher and Occasional Teacher locals, and many district
This year's Summer Academy includes 85 curriculum courses to meet the
professional needs of Kindergarten to Grade 8 teachers as they plan for the
upcoming school year. Most of the courses, which are planned and taught by
ETFO members, are designed around 20 hours of learning over a three-day
period. (For complete course descriptions, go to www.etfo.ca.)
This is the fourth year ETFO has received provincial funding for
"The on-going funding from the Ministry of Education enables us to offer
more courses in more locations and provide enhanced resources for our
participants," said ETFO President David Clegg.
"The Provincial Government recognizes the importance of professional
development for ETFO members," said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. "I
am confident that the professional development programs will benefit both the
participants in Summer Academy and the elementary students in our schools."
"Professional development is increasingly important for elementary
teachers. The numerous and varied courses available through the Summer Academy
give our members the additional skills that will help them improve learning
outcomes for all their students," Clegg said.
"The participation of our members in Summer Academy underlines that as
professional educators, elementary teachers will always choose the
professional development opportunities that are specific to their individual
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, ETFO President, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)