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Conferences and Seminars

Educating for the Common Good Conference

The Association is committed to advocacy on social justice issues. Every other year, we host the Educating for the Common Good curriculum conference.

Participants hear from a number of keynote speakers who are prominent in the fields of social justice and human rights. They also participate in discussions and workshops that allow them to link key issues to their classroom teachings. Previous keynote speakers have included Michel Cikwanine, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Shannon Moroney, and Dr. Samantha Nutt.

This year’s conference will take place on July 6-7, 2017 in Toronto. Keynote speakers include Dr. Eddy Robinson and Dr. Tracey Lindberg. Participants will also enjoy a National Film Board exclusive showing of “We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Again.” The theme of the conference is Celebrating our Diversity: Sharing our Story. The conference agenda, as well as information on sessions and speakers can be downloaded here!

Click here to register for this year's conference!

Conference participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and meal expenses. OECTA members may inquire with their respective local units, to determine whether sponsorship for expenses associated with attending are available locally.

Any questions regarding registration may be sent to events@oecta.on.ca

Beginning Teachers Conference

We believe it is important to support members who are beginning their professional lives, as well as their involvement in the union.

Every year, we provide a professional development opportunity to approximately 200 members who are in the first five years of their teaching careers. The Beginning Teachers Conference offers two days of discussion, networking, and valuable information that participants can use in their classrooms and beyond. Participants choose from more than 30 workshops, on topics ranging from "physical literacy" and "the connected classroom," to "learning to say no" and "understanding your collective agreement." 

The conference is organized around a different theme each year. Previous themes have addressed issues such as bullying, mental health, and work-life balance. 

The conference runs in October and is organized by the Beginning Teachers Committee. The Association covers costs of registration, travel, and accommodation.

Speak to your local unit president if you are interested in participating.

Political Action Seminar

We actively engage in activities to help illuminate the impact of government policies on the classroom, and help Catholic teachers articulate and deliver their messages. 

Our political action seminars feature keynote speakers and workshops geared toward the "how," "when," and "why’s" of political activity. Seminars are organized with input from OECTA’s Political Advisory Committee. Although seminars are generally held during election yeasrs, the information is relevant to the every day advocacy that teachers undertake on behalf of their students and their profession.

As a result of member engagement in previous political action seminars, the book My OECTA was developed. My OECTA is a complilation of information and advice presented to participants at the seminars and made available to all members.

Information on the next political action seminar will be posted when available. Check back here or with your local unit president.
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