Teacher Education Symposium

Each year, OTF and the Affiliates co-sponsor a conference on teacher education that brings together the Liaison Officers who sit on our Teacher Education Liaison Committees (TELCs) at the 13 Faculties of Education across the province, along with faculty members and teacher candidates from those institutions, to discuss current trends and issues in pre-service teacher education. Both last year and this year, the event was combined with the annual retreat of the OTF Curriculum Forum, an assembly of some 50 subject and division associations that operate in Ontario.


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Creating Conditions, Conversations and Collaboration for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Teacher Education

February 5-6, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the symposium was held online.



The symposium provided an important opportunity for the 144 participants from across the province to take a critical look at work currently being done to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in education. Four exceptional keynote speakers helped participants to see to move from intention to action and how to transition from being concerned observers to agents of real and lasting change. Workshops were presented by ETFO, OSSTF, le Centre ontarien de prevention des agressions (COPA), the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and our Indigenous partners at the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO).

Following are the keynote speeches and workshops.


Addressing Anti-Oppression: Creating safe, strong and free schools and communities

Canadian Museum for Human Rights – A virtual field trip

The intersectionality of poverty on Youth: keynote

Leading change: Keynote

Possibilities: Addressing poverty in elementary schools

Indigenous education: Working together to create change

Pulling It Together: Final Plenary


Click here to view the resources available from the symposium, Teacher education: where are we now? Where are we going?, February 8-9, 2019.