(CTF News Service – Ottawa) When Canada’s teacher organizations meet next week for their annual general meeting in Ottawa, a prime focus will be on how they can use their solidarity to improve child poverty rates in Canada. Teacher leaders will also discuss other issues related to education and society that affect the quality of teaching and learning in Canadian classrooms at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF)’s Annual General Meeting at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, July 16 to 19.
“Child Poverty is the number one priority for CTF,” explains CTF President Emily Noble. “We believe there’s a strong correlation between socio-economic status and children’s academic performance.”
“We’ve raised the issue of child poverty all year with submissions to political parties, members of Parliament and House committees. As a collective voice, we aim to exert pressure on political decision-makers to reduce the number of children currently living in poverty,” explains Noble.
Here are sessions open to the media:
Thursday, July 16
7 p.m.: Official opening, greetings and opening remarks
Friday, July 17
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Child poverty: using teacher influence
Presentation and open discussion
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Awards Presentations:
Through its Special Recognition Awards, CTF will honour three outstanding education leaders whose professionalism, creativity and dedication have advanced the teaching profession in Canada.
The Public Education Advocacy Award will recognize a non-teacher who has made major contributions to promote public education in Canada.
CTF will present an award to an Outstanding Aboriginal Educator who has demonstrated leadership in Aboriginal education and excellence in teaching that reflects an Aboriginal culture.