President's Forum 2011 - Forces for Change - Education Reform

It is my pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to attend the 3rd Annual Canadian Teachers’ Federation President’s Forum to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, July 11-12, 2011 entitled Education Reform: in the interest of students.

CTF is often involved in major discussions with key national and international organizations that influence our education system thereby exposing us to a wide range of opinions and beliefs. We are in a unique position to focus on forces for change in education. The Forum expands understanding on matters of critical concern to teachers. This year we have placed our emphasis on education reform — we all accept the need and the inevitability; the goals are less clear.

The President’s Forum will provide thought-provoking presentations and tremendous discussion opportunities. Rather than a search for solutions (which we may all find in different places) this Forum is a sharing of perspective as we look at education reform in the interest of students.

The Forum will have national and international keynote presenters tasked with provoking thought. So far presenters have been confirmed from Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, OECD, University of Ottawa and Boston College. We can be sure that discussions will be broad and there will be a tremendous opportunity to learn from other participants. You too can contribute to the learning of others.

Following each presentation will be an opportunity for you to engage in dialogue with leaders in education from throughout Canada. Your input in the follow-up discussions will be rewarding for you and for others. Simultaneous translation will be provided such that you can participate in either of Canada’s Official Languages.

Cost for this Forum is $200.00 will include a reception. It will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa, July 11-12 immediately before the CTF Annual General Meeting. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Hotel. Register early as space will be at a premium.

I look forward to having you and your colleagues join me at the Forum.