Professional Learning Opportunities (PL)

Union run workshop
One of the priorities of the union is to provide relevant and engaging PL opportunities for its members.   The PL chair is responsible for listening to the learning needs of our members and organizing workshops that will address those needs.  Programming choices include workshops aimed at our members who wish to move on to permanent jobs as well as providing our career OTs and retired members workshops that allow them 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 the website as well as on the HDSB OT elementary Google group.  A link is provided to register through Eventbrite.  These workshops are only available to our current members.  Dependent care is always available during our workshops with the information and forms provided on the website.  Please note that cancellation from a workshop requires 48 hours notice in order to defray the costs of pre-ordered food.

Board run workshops
The board will also reserve up to 20% of the spots in any of their workshops for Occasional Teachers.  If you would like to browse their upcoming workshops they can be accessed through PD Place on MyHDSB.   Be sure to examine the intended audience before registering!

ETFO run workshops
The Elementary Teachers Federation also runs fantastic workshops.  Upcoming workshops can be accessed through the website (etfo.ca) and then accessing 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 workshop 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 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 books, resources from TPT, AQ course books, kits, CDs, DVDs, etc. Please note that reimbursements for Scholastic book orders are not included in this subsidy. If you aren’t sure if an item is eligible for the subsidy, please feel free to email Nicole D’Angelo to check before purchasing.

Requests for educational resource subsidies will be considered up until May 13 or when allotted funds have been depleted. Reimbursement cheques will be mailed upon receipt and consideration of the information provided.

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

  • Completed PL Educational Resource Subsidy form (found below)
  • Original receipts
  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope

**If you bought resources from TPT in US dollars, please indicate the amount that was paid in Canadian dollars**

PL Educational Resource Subsidy Form

PL 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 Activity related to your own professional needs and interests.

The subsidy can be used for more than one conference, 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, ETFO-HEOT Office, 3390 South Service Rd, Suite 103, Burlington, Ontario, L7N 3J5

  • Completed PL Subsidy form (found below)
  • Copy of the event 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

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

PL Subsidy Form

Halton Elementary Public Schools Awards of Recognition

Have you worked as an OT at a school where you immediately felt comfortable?

Were you familiarized with school routines and/or procedures when you first arrived?

Did administrators or others provide you with the OT School Information Package to assist you with your day?

Was information pertaining to OT’s clearly displayed and available?

Did anyone offer assistance if you had any questions or concerns?

Did you feel that your work was valued and respected by the staff?

Would you like to work at this school every day?

These are the kinds of things we would like you to consider when nominating a school for the Award of Recognition.  One school from each area (North, East and West) will receive a framed certificate and treats from Halton Elementary Occasional Teacher Local for the work that they do to make our OT’s feel comfortable, valued, respected  and welcome. Award winning schools will have representatives invited to our Spring Annual Dinner to accept their Award.

School of Recognition Form

Please print and return this Nomination Form to the ETFO-OT Office via board courier, or by mail to 3390 S. Service Rd., Suite 103 , Burlington, Ont., L7N 3J5. Mark the envelope – Attn: Chair of Awards Committee