Summer Institutes 2021

Welcome to OTF Summer Institutes 2021: the virtual edition!

Offered online this year, OTF’s exceptional professional learning institutes will provide time for you to learn, reflect on your classroom practice, network, and collaborate with peers.

This year’s program includes fourteen institutes addressing a range of topics, offered virtually using Zoom throughout the month of August.

Courses will highlight new instructional practices and practical ideas that you can use in your classrooms in the year ahead. All institutes are facilitated by Ontario teachers and most are delivered by members of Ontario’s subject/division associations.

Institutes are either one full-day or two half-days in length to provide a variety of options for your summer learning.

There is also a special IGNITE Learning Event, in partnership with Ontario Tech University, that will provide a multitude of virtual experiences to explore coding and artificial intelligence in K –12 education. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind learning experience!

 

Registration is free! Powerful learning is a guarantee!

If you have any questions, please contact us at summerinstitutes@otffeo.on.ca.

 

Why participate?

The benefit of these institutes is the opportunity they provide educators to reflect on their teaching practice, share experiences, explore resources, network and collaborate with peers, assess how they can use these practices and resources in classrooms and approach the next school year with a sense of hope and increased confidence. Provincial subject/division associations are delivering many of the workshops offered and all are anchored to the Ontario Curriculum.

The Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) has an exceptional history of developing and implementing effective professional development opportunities for educators employed in Ontario’s publicly funded school system. OTF strives to provide high-quality, cost-effective learning opportunities that are relevant to the current needs of its members.

OTF Summer Institute Offerings for 2021

For full institute descriptions and information about the presenters, visit the institute catalogue here.

Week 1: August 2 – 6, 2021 

 

Ready? Set! Code! (Kindergarten – Grade 8)

Part 1: August 3, 2021; Part 2: August 4, 2021

1:00 – 4:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME).

To register, click here.

 

Coding and Computational Thinking in Math (Grades 4 – 9)

Part 1: August 5, 2021; Part 2: August 12, 2021

1:00 – 4:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Association for Computer Studies Educators (ACSE).

To register, click here.

 

Wiidookaagaye: Working Together to Create Change (Kindergarten – Grade 12)

August 5, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Full-day Institute

Offered in collaboration with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO).

To register, click here.

 

Week 2: August 9 – 13, 2021

 

Right from the Start: Discovering the Possibilities and Power of Play and Inquiry in Kindergarten

Part 1: August 10, 2021; Part 2: August 11, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Presented by Michelle McKay and Klara Redford.

To register, click here.

 

IGNITE Learning Event (Kindergarten – Grade 12)

Part 1: August 11, 2021; Part 2: August 12, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in partnership with Ontario Tech University.

To register, click here.

 

Week 3: August 16 – 20, 2021

 

Engaging with Cross-Curricular and Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy-Focused Arts Lessons (Kindergarten – Grade 8)

August 17, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Full-day Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Arts Education Coordinators of Ontario (ARTSECO).

To register, click here.

 

Embedding Process Drama in French as a Second Language Context: Exploring Authentic Communication (Kindergarten – Grade 8)

Part 1: August 18, 2021; Part 2: August 19, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE).

To register, click here.

 

Media Literacy is Fun! (Kindergarten – Grade 12)

Part 1: August 17, 2021; Part 2: August 18, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Association for Media Literacy (AML).

To register, click here.

 

Engaging Students to Collaborate Confidently and Apply Skills in a Thinking Classroom (Grades 9 – 12)

Part 1: August 17, 2021; Part 2: August 18, 2021

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA).

To register, click here.

 

Invitations to Writing (Grades 9 – 12)

August 19, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Full-day Institute

Offered in collaboration with the English Language Arts Network Ontario (ELAN Ontario).

To register, click here.

 

Week 4: August 23 – 27, 2021

 

Develop Inspiring Art-Making, Skills and Love for Reading in Your Students (Kindergarten – Grade 12)

August 26, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Full-day Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA) & The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario (TALCO).

To register, click here.

 

Capturing Global Competencies through Digital Breakout Rooms (Grades 4 – 8)

August 25, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Full-day Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Junior Educators (OAJE).

To register, click here.

 

Pathways to Possibilities: Science Education and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (Kindergarten – Grade 12)

Part 1: August 24, 2021; Part 2: August 25, 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO).

To register, click here.

 

Student Centered: K – 8 Culturally Responsive Coding Experiences (Kindergarten – Grade 8)

Part 1: August 25, 2021; Part 2: August 26, 2021

1:00 – 4:00 pm each day

Two-part Institute

Offered in collaboration with the Education Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO).

To register, click here.

 

 

Who is eligible to register for an OTF Summer Institute?

OTF and Affiliate members are eligible to register for any OTF Summer Institute. You are a member if you are a dues-paying member in any of these membership categories: Teacher, Educational Assistant or Early Childhood Educator of any of OTF’s four Affiliates: AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF.

Teacher Candidates enrolled in a publicly-funded initial teacher education program in Ontario are also eligible as they are associate members of OTF.

Non-members may attend a workshop if there is space available and with special permission from OTF. OTF will determine if non-member participation is possible approximately one (1) week before the institute and non-members may only register if contacted by OTF.

If you are a non-member and would like to participate in an OTF Summer Institute, please submit your request to join the non-member wait list by email to summerinstitutes@otffeo.on.ca. Kindly include your full name, email, phone number and the institute you are interested in attending.

 

How does registration work?

Once you have completed your registration form and clicked the submit button, you will be directed to a confirmation page itemizing your selection(s). A confirmation email is also sent to you after completing the registration process.

 

Can I register multiple times and how many institutes can I choose?

You may select as many institutes as you like, but you need to register separately for each one.

 

What kind of communication can I expect?

Initially, you will receive an email at the time of registration. Registrants in confirmed workshops will receive additional information, including Zoom login codes, approximately one week prior to their institute.

 

When will the institutes begin and end each day?

Full-day institutes run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with a lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Presenters will provide breaks throughout the day, as appropriate.

Two-part institutes take place on two mornings or afternoons as outlined in the catalogue and on the registration site. Morning sessions run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Afternoon sessions run from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Presenters will include breaks, where appropriate.

 

The institute I am interested in is two-parts. Do I have to register two times?

You only have to register for the first session if the institute you have selected is two parts. You will automatically be registered for both parts of the institute.