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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Monday, October 6, 2008


“Women Abuse Affects Our Children”- Regional Workshop
We have been allotted five spaces for elementary teachers interested in attending a two-day regional workshop being put on by the Ontario Women’s Directorate on November 12-13 in Ottawa.  This workshop is to familiarize elementary teachers of Ontario with the OWD document “Woman Abuse Affects Our Children”.  This document is an excellent tool for teachers to grow in their awareness of the affects of spousal abuse on the children we teach.
Those who attend the regional workshops will be trained to deliver workshops on the document to their colleagues at the local level.  It is the request of the OWD that all teachers who agree to attend the workshop will commit to organizing and delivering local workshops, with the help of OECTA.  The OWD will cover the cost of travel, accommodation and release time for those teachers who attend the workshop.
Please contact the Unit Office if you are interested in attending.

Changing the Direction of “At-Risk” Youth, October 29th
The Canadian Safe School Network is holding a one day conference in Toronto, entitled “Changing the Direction of “At-Risk” Youth.  The conference aims to give teachers real-life examples of programs, success stories and practical strategies for engaging and working with “at-risk” youth.  The cost of registration is $185/ person.  Please see the attached pages for further information.

As you are likely aware, our Unit is in arbitration over an on-going grievance regarding Elementary Supervision time.  It has come to our attention that, yet again this year, several of our elementary schools are over the 100 minute cap of weekly supervision as negotiated in our 2004-2008 contract.  It is therefore very important that elementary teachers track the number of supervision minutes that they are directed to do.  Staff reps, please photocopy the attached tracking sheet and distribute it to your colleagues.  We ask that it be remitted to the Unit office by December 1st, 2008.



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