Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OTs from the Roster in LTO Assignments, October 27th Board Paid PD Opportunity and ETFO-TVOT PD OPPORTUNITY on October 24th

By this time of year, many of those on the LTO List are busy in assignments.  Under the terms of Regulation 274, if a job is not filled from the LTO List, then it is to be filled from properly subject qualified applicants from the OT Roster who apply.  For that reason, we encourage all members to apply for positions for which you are qualified. Be sure to ask the school for a LTO form because if it is a posted position, you can be set up on the first day. Remember that the onus is on you to ensure you have a current QECO rating on file with the Board. Once your paperwork has been processed, your pay will be readjusted to reflect your qualifications and recognized previous teaching experience per the Collective Agreement. Please do not hesitate to contact the Local OT Office for further clarification.
If you accept less than a .5 FTE Long-Term Assignment, you may still be able to fit in Daily OT assignments and are still eligible for three 1/2 days of Paid Professional Development - reserving one 1/2 day for mandatory on-line training in the Spring.

There are still several spots available for daily OTs and those in LTOs of less than .5, to register for either Brian Aspinall's 21st Century Learning or Marian Small's Math Instruction in Ontario.  Both workshops fit in with TVDSB initiatives and both count as a day of work for all purposes so we encourage members to "Earn while you Learn". Go to:  TVDSB Employee Portal> Conference Registrations and click on Elementary Occasional Teacher PD 2017-2018 for details.

Registration is open and filling up quickly for our Upcoming PD opportunity at the Lamplighter on October 24, from 4:30 - 7:30 PM.
Come out and mingle with your colleagues, have a delicious meal, (free for TVOT members) before your PD session, your choice from;

1) Explore Inquiry!
2) Classroom Management: A Practical Guide
3) Jump Math: Mental Math

Go to to register!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sir Arthur Currie; To ensure you get grid pay as a LTO; Upcoming TVOT PD Opportunity - Oct. 24th; Half-Day assignments

Sir Arthur Currie
We can now confirm that the newly opened Sir Arthur Currie on Buroak Drive in London,  is a Balanced Day site so you may want to note this in this year's pocket calendars.
To ensure you get grid pay as a LTO make sure ask the school for the the LTO form which must be signed and sent to Corissa Parker in Human Resource Services.  For evolving LTOs, the school must wait until the 10th day, however if you have accepted a posted LTO, then this form can be sent in by the school on the first day of the assignment, assuring that you will receive the pay to which you are entitled in a timely manner.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office if there are any difficulties.
October 24th Dinner and PD
Registration is now open for our upcoming PD on October 24th, at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  These events begin with a dinner (no charge) and this month include:
1) Explore Inquiry
2) Classroom Management:  A Practical Guide
3) Jump Math: Mental Math
Registration is at :
Just a reminder to members that afternoon half-day assignments are the most difficult to fill so please be prepared to accept these - it is a great opportunity to become known at some schools you may not normally visit, and many of these are hidden gems you will enjoy.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Upcoming TVOT Professional Development Event; TVDSB Paid PD; ETFO Provincial Workshops: ETFO AQ Courses

Dinner and an Evening of PD with your OT Colleagues
Mark your calendars for October 24th for our upcoming OT Professional Development Event from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Street.

The following workshops will be presented:

1) Explore Inquiry! Presented by Katie Jeffries   TVDSB
2) Classroom Management: A Practical Guide  Presented by Cari Patterson   TVDSB
3) Jump Math:  Mental Math  Presented by  Frances Agro,  JUMP Math, Manager of Outreach and Teacher Support

Registration will be open soon at
- a blast email will be sent from the ETFO-TVOT website to advise you.  Please let all members you know of who may not have created their accounts to do so, that way they won't miss out!

October 27 Board Paid PD Opportunity
There are still spots available for daily OTs and those in LTOs of less than .5, to register for either Brian Aspinall's 21st Century Learning or Marian Small's Math Instruction in Ontario. Both workshops fit in with TVDSB initiatives and both count as a day or work for all purposes so we encourage members to "Earn while you Learn".  Go to the TVDSB Employee Portal > Conference Registrations and click on Elementary Occasional Teacher PD 2017 - 2018 for details.

ETFO Women's Workshops
Provincial ETFO is hosting workshops for Women members: 1) Protect Yourself: understanding education law to further strengthen your professionalism; 2) FNMI: Engage Learners Through Play to learn about indigenous worldviews, treaties, etc.
Occasional Teachers are invited with most expenses and salary covered so check for further details.

ETFO Additional Qualification Courses
Just a reminder that October 30th is the deadline to register for any of the ETFO AQ winter session courses being offered.  Check out for details and if you have been on the TVOT Roster for one year, consider applying for our Professional Learning Development Fund at which will cover $300 of your fee.  Please note that members must apply prior to the course for approval.  The Local will not consider retro-active applications.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LTOs and Sept 29 PD Day; Microsoft Office 365; Next paid PD Opportunity

The LTOs responsibilities on PD Days
There is still confusion regarding LTOs responsibilities on PD Days though the Collective Agreement is clear:
L20.03 A Long-Term Occasional Teacher who is scheduled to work when there is a Professional Activity Day will be paid for the day and will be required to participate in the scheduled professional activity sessions, pro-rated according to the FTE of the assignment.
For example a .5 FTE would stay for half the day and be paid grid rate for that participation. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further clarification.
Farewell to First Class
TVDSB is transitioning from First Class to Microsoft Office 365 as a corporate email platform so please review the O365 Tip Sheets posted in the Employee Portal in order to facilitate this transition.
After November 6, 2017, First Class will only be accessible as a digital filing cabinet from which users can print past communications as of November 6, 2017.  Please note that Swap Shop will also cease to exist at that time as well.
Did you Realize that Missing your Paid PD cost you over $200 each day?
Daily OTs have opportunity to gain a day of pay plus seniority credit, EI credit, and pension credit when they participate in any of the Boards paid PA day opportunities.
- Three days have been negotiated for this year but a half day must be reserved for mandatory training which is posted each spring
- Participation in these days counts towards the 10 full days needed to remain on the elementary OT Roster
- LTOs are eligible to attend if their assignment is less than .5
- Registration is via the Employee Portal under “Conference/Session Registrations” Elementary Occasional Teacher PD (2017 – 2018)
- Sessions are already in place for September, October and November Board PD Days
Meeting of Provincial Occasional Teacher Local Presidents
Your Local was pleased to have the privilege of hosting the most recent meeting of Provincial Occasional Teacher Local Presidents (POTs) meeting in London from September 24 - 26th. Twenty-three Occasional Teacher Locals from all parts of the province met to discuss matters of mutual concern.  Participants donated almost $500.00 to our Local charity, Merrymount Family and Children's Crisis Center and several of us had the privilege to visit the striking workers of Unifor #88 at the CAMI Plant in Ingersoll.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


We are pleased at how well received the PLDF subsidy program has been and all the members who are using it. We continue to receive numerous applications and ask that you pay attention to the requirements stipulated at the top of the Form to avoid disappointment and ensure adequate fund allocation for your course.
The 2017-2018 Application Form can be found on the ETFO - TVOT website under Member Services.

As always, do not hesitate to contact the TVOT office should you have any questions or require any further information!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Paid PD Opportunity: Copyright Rules, Professional Learning Development and Book Rebate Subsidy Programs & Pocket Calendars

TVDSB offers first Paid PD Event of the School Year
Registration opens on the Employee Portal Friday morning for the first paid PD event of 2017 - 2018. Participation counts as a day of work and as one of the required 10 days to remain on the OT Roster.  Spots go quickly so if you are a daily OT or in a LTO assignment of less than .5, don't leave this money on the table.

Unsure about the copyright rules for Teachers in Canada?
Find the answers at - a clear easy to use site that will enable you to confidently share information with your students.


We are very pleased to advise we will be offering the Professional Learning Development Fund and Book Rebate Professional Development Programs to our members this year.
2017-2018 Application Forms can be found on the ETFO-TVOT website: under Member Services - Useful Documents.


2017-2018 Pocket Calendars are at the Printers and will be mailed out to all Thames Valley Occasional Teachers - (the Local does not get access to the mailing list until the middle of September so that is why we included September 2017 in last year's edition.) Please ensure your address is up to date on the Employee Portal, with any unit/apartment/suite numbers listed on the same line as the street address to ensure prompt delivery.
i.e. #8 - 521 Nottinghill Road.


As always we are here for you, please don't hesitate to contact your Local with any questions or concerns and make certain to register at so that we can keep you apprised of Board deadlines and PD opportunities.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome Back and the first paid PD Opportunity of the year etal

Welcome back to all ETFO-TVOT members.  We hope you had a lovely summer break and are ready to get back to the classroom.
Your Executive has been busy planning PD for you and further information will be sent out via email.  It is important that you have an account set up on the ETFO-TVOT website so you will not miss out on any important information.  Go to to create your account.  Please use your personal email address as it is inappropriate to use the Board's First Class for Union business nor is it private.  
If you know of anyone who has not yet set up their accounts, please advise them it is in their best interests to stay informed and connected.  

Earn on September 29th: Look on the TVDSB Employee Portal on Friday to register for an extra day of pay for those who participate in paid professional development on September 29th. Check it out! The day counts for all purposes as a day of work.

TVARRIS has undergone some changes over the summer so be sure to check you profile to  update your schedule and school selections.  September is typically slower so now is a good time.

Corissa Parker will be taking over from newly retired Sandi Douglas in Human Resources at TVDSB.  Your Executive wishes her all the best and look forward to working with her this coming school year.