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Did you know that there is an Occasional Teacher AQ?

ETFO offers some fabulous courses at AMAZING prices.  
They even offer DESTINATION AQ courses! - Studying in Italy? Wow!  

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Discover everything from Inclusive Education to Writing Specialist to Occasional Teacher AQ! Check it out...what are you waiting for?

Survive and Thrive
This is an online conference for beginning and occasional teachers. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of teachers whose learning curves are steep and whose needs in the classroom change frequently. It is run by the Ontario Teachers' Federation. Go to and click on Survive and Thrive.

OT Website
Filled with teaching strategies, lesson plans and independent activities, this site will become a sure "go to" for active OT's. There is something for all grades, divisions and subjects.

Special Education Gateway Click on the Spec Ed hotlink This collection of resources and strategies supports your teaching of special education students. You may also share a strategy.

We want your expertise!

Do you have a great workshop that you can share with your education colleagues? Are you great with agri-food education? Technology? Science? Math? Special Education issues? Do you have knowledge to share? Contact your professional learning committee in order to learn more. 

This page was last updated: February 2, 2019
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Limited number of subsidies available for Math AQs/ABQs
If you successfully completed an AQ/ABQ or undergraduate prerequisite Math course by December 31, 2018, you may be eligible for a subsidy.

The Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), is once again offering a subsidy to OTF or Affiliate members who have successfully completed an Additional Qualification (AQ) or Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) course in Mathematics or undergraduate Math courses that are a prerequisite for an AQ or ABQ. 

Approximately 400 subsidies are being made available through this program for a limited time only. The subsidies will be provided on a first come, first served basis. This means that OTF cannot guarantee a subsidy to every member who applies, even within the required timelines.

Subsidy program details
The renewed subsidy program applies only to courses in Mathematics – AQs, ABQs or prerequisite (undergraduate) Math courses.

You must have successfully completed the AQ/ABQ or undergraduate prerequisite Math course by December 31, 2018.

Your completed application must be received by OTF no later than 5:00 pm on March 31, 2019.

The subsidy amount is up to a maximum of $450, regardless of the course location or provider, and is paid directly to you on proof of successful completion of the course.

You must be an active member of OTF or its Affiliates.

You are not eligible to apply for a subsidy if you completed the AQ/ ABQ or undergraduate prerequisite Math course before April 1st, 2014 (the beginning of this program).

You are not eligible to apply for a subsidy if you registered for and completed your course between May 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016.

Eligible courses 

Mathematics, Primary and Junior - Part 1
Mathematics, Primary and Junior - Part 2
Mathematics, Primary and Junior - Specialist
Mathematics, Grades 7 and 8
Mathematics, Intermediate/Senior (ABQ)
Mathematics, Honours Specialist

For complete details, see FAQs.
Ready to apply? Click on application form.
Check out this new professional learning math video series from OTF:

Under the provision of the Central Extension Agreement (2017 to 2019), elementary occasional teachers at UCDSB are entitled to a full day of professional learning in the 2018/19 school year. This professional learning day will be comprised of the following topics:

1. The Motivated Learner: Increasing Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance, and  
2. Occupational Health & Safety: Safety in the School and Violent Incident Reporting

The learning is scheduled on the following dates/locations:

January 17th, Thursday Western Region Education Centre, Frankville; Conference Room

February 12th, Tuesday Thousand Islands Secondary School, Brockville; Amphitheatre

March 26th, Tuesday St. Lawrence Secondary School, Cornwall; Multi-Purpose Room

April 10th, Wednesday North Grenville Municipal Centre, Kemptville

May 16th, Thursday Eastern Region Education Centre, Tagwi, Avonmore; Conference Room

How to Register:

Each session has limited capacity and is scheduled on a “first come–first serve” basis. To identify the location you wish to register for, click on the following link: As sessions become full, they will be removed as options from the survey. You will receive an email identifying the session in which you have been confirmed as a participant, and a job will be created for this date for pay purposes. If you cannot attend the session that you have received confirmation for, contact as soon as possible. 

If you are in a Long Term Occasional Assignment:

You are entitled to attend the professional learning. You should indicate on the survey the school where you are employed as an LTO. A release code will be provided to your school to cover your release.  

Additional Information:

Other important information for you to know:

The day starts at 9:00 am and concludes at 3:30 pm. You must be in attendance for the entire day. You will be required to sign in upon arrival and sign out upon departure.
You can attend on one day only.
If the school buses are cancelled due to inclement weather, the professional learning event will be cancelled as well.
Travel time and mileage will not be provided or reimbursed.
As a daily occasional teacher, you will be paid at the daily rate applicable at the time of the professional learning session.
If you are a long term occasional teacher, you will be paid at the rate of your LTO position, and your release will be covered. You must identify that you are in an LTO position (if known) when you register.
Bring your own lunch and beverages.
Consider the environmental sensitivities of others and do not wear scented products.

Other Questions:

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In the event of INCLEMENT WEATHER, you should be aware of the following:

-can’t be told “if tomorrow’s buses are cancelled don’t come in” – that is NOT adequate notice

- need 90 minutes notice before the school day starts

- if you show up for an assignment and the school doesn’t need you, you are still paid for the FULL assignment you are booked for (not only a half day if booked for a full day)

- if it is dangerous to drive, a daily OT may cancel (without pay)

- if dangerous to drive, an LTO may cancel (confirm with principal) and still be paid, with no loss of sick days or benefits.