Professional Learning Opportunities (PL)

Union run workshops
One of HEOT’s priorities is to provide relevant and engaging PL opportunities for our members.   The PL Chair is responsible for listening to the learning needs of our members and for organizing workshops that will address those needs.  Programming choices include workshops that are aimed at members who wish to move on to permanent jobs, as well as workshops that provide career OTs and retired members access to new Board and classroom initiatives.  We strive to invite dynamic speakers, from both within and outside of the Board.

Our workshops are advertised on our website, the HDSB OT Elementary Google group and our Facebook group.  If interested, members can click on the provided Eventbrite link to register.  These workshops are only available to current Halton Elementary OTs and LTOs.  Subsidies for dependant care are always available for our workshops;  information and forms are provided on our website.

Please note that if you need to cancel, 48 hours’ notice is requried so that someone on the waitlist has a chance to participate.  If you are a no show, you will be charged a fee to cover costs incurred on your behalf.  Once it has been paid, you will again be allowed to attend future HEOT events.

Board run workshops
HDSB will also reserve up to 20% of the spots in any of their workshops for Halton occasional teachers.  If you would like to browse upcoming workshops, go to Professional Learning on MyHDSB (under “Course Search,” click on “Show All”).  Be sure to check the intended audience before registering.

ETFO run workshops
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario also runs fantastic workshops.  Go to etfo.ca to browse upcoming workshops and register via the Events Portal.  You will need to create an account based on your ETFO member ID.

ETFO also runs the ever-popular Summer Academy workshops, which are intensive 3 day workshops run by ETFO presenters, allowing you the opportunity to network and collaborate with teachers from all over Ontario.  Costs associated with the ETFO workshops can be mitigated by applying your PL Course Subsidy towards completed workshops and courses.

 PL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE SUBSIDY

The Halton Elementary Occasional Teacher Local is pleased to provide members with subsidy funding once per school year (to a maximum of $75 per person) to purchase educational resources that relate to your own professional needs and interests.

The subsidy can be used for professional books, read alouds, resources from TPT, AQ course books, or other educational materials. (Please note that reimbursements for Scholastic book orders are not included in this subsidy).  Please submit all receipts at the same time.

If you aren’t sure if an item is eligible for the subsidy, please feel free to send an email to Nicole D’Angelo (dangelon@hdsb.ca) with your rationale to check before purchasing.

Requests for educational resource subsidies will be considered up until May 13, 2022 or when allotted funds have been depleted. Reimbursement cheques will be mailed upon receipt and consideration of the information provided. Subsidies will be processed approximately once a month.

Please submit the following for consideration to PL Chair, HEOT Office, 3390 South Service Road, Suite 103, Burlington, Ontario  L7N 3J5

• This completed Educational Resource Subsidy Form

• Original itemized receipts (keep a copy for your records)

• If the price is in US dollars, please include a copy of your statement(s) showing the amount paid in Canadian dollars at the time of purchase, (in addition to your receipts)

• A stamped, self-addressed envelope
(If applying for both the PL Course subsidy and the Educational Resource subsidy at the same time, only one envelope is needed)

PL COURSE SUBSIDY

The Halton Elementary Occasional Teacher Local is pleased to provide members with subsidy funding once per school year (to a maximum of $200 per person) to attend a Professional Learning course or workshop related to your own professional needs and interests.

The subsidy can be used for more than one course, however, all paperwork must be submitted at the same time. (Please note that only registration costs will be considered).

AQ courses related to Elementary Education are eligible! To qualify for AQ course coverage, you must have been an OT on our roster for at least 12 months prior to application.

You may also attend ETFO Summer Academy courses and claim the cost in September of the following year, as long as you remain on our OT Roster.

Please apply for the subsidy AFTER you have completed the course.

Please submit the following for consideration to PL Chair, HEOT Office, 3390 South Service Road, Suite 103, Burlington, Ontario  L7N 3J5

This completed PL Course Subsidy Form

•Copy of the course registration form

Original receipts showing the cost (keep a copy for your records)

•Proof of attendance or a completion certificate (if provided) for workshops

•Proof of completion or proof of passing for AQs

•A stamped, self-addressed envelope
(If applying for both the PL Course subsidy and the Educational Resource subsidy at the same time, only one envelope is needed)

Requests for subsidies will be considered up until May 13, 2022 or when allotted funds have been depleted. Reimbursement cheques will be mailed upon receipt and consideration of the information provided. Subsidies will be processed approximately once a month. Applicants will be notified if their request for subsidy funding is denied.