District 13 OSSTF represents approximately 1600 permanent and 300 occasional teachers in Durham region. Our union provides services to its members to protect them in their work and to enhance their professionalism through professional development workshops, health and safety training, collective agreement in-servicing and regular communications and public relations highlighting the teachers in our schools.
New Abilities Form
There is a new Province-wide medical certificate (Abilities Form) that all members will use in order to access sick days for an absence of three days or longer. The Abilities Form will replace all DDSB medical certificates for Secondary Teachers. This standard form is readily available on our website so there will be less confusion regarding the provision of medical documentation to the Board. The Abilities Form is available at any time on our website by clicking here or directly at www.d13.osstf.ca/abilitiesform.
OSSTF/DDSB PD Day: Together we Learn
The joint PD Day will be held on November 18th, 2016. This is a subject-based PD Day put on by our teachers, for our teachers. Please follow the link for more information on the day and if you are interested in presenting a workshop or hosting a guest speaker.
The LTO list interviews memo can be found by selecting this link.
Durham Event & Organization Sponsorship
OSSTF District 13 is committed to our community. The Public Relations Committee’s mandate is to publicly raise the profile of Durham’s public high school teachers in addition to organizing events that build positive relationships among the District 13 membership. District 13 has set aside some limited funds that can be accessed for sponsoring worthwhile events and organizations in Durham. If you are interested in accessing these funds, please download a form here, read the criteria listed and forward it to the District 13 Office by the deadlines provided.
2017 OSSTF/FEESO Student Achievement Awards
The OSSTF/FEESO Student Achievement Awards for 2017 are now open for submissions!
Applicants will have the chance to win one of eight $1000 cash prizes and receive an invite to the OSSTF/FEESO Annual Meeting of Provincial Assembly in March to receive their award!
Details for all submission guidelines, tips for educators and students, and entry forms can be accessed at the following link
I Teach, I Care Campaign
Are you a member of District 13? Do you volunteer in the community? Would you like a free hat? Follow the link for more information about the
I Teach, I Care Campaign.
Download and read the latest issue of Inprint 13
Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form
This is a Ministry of Education document that is your duty to complete when you witness behaviour that could lead to suspension and/or expulsion.
Click here for a form.
Reasons for Failure/Recommended Course Placement Form
If a student was unsuccessful in your course the Recommended Course Placement Form is to be completed. No additional information other than that indicated is required.
As teachers, we are so often called on to exercise our Professional Judgement in a variety of situations on a daily basis. At times, this can be challenging.
Understanding Professional Judgement is a new information tool developed for members by OSSTF/FEESO and is now available on the Provincial website. This resource has been created to clarify teachers’ understanding about what is and is not “Professional Judgement”.
This document should be used as a companion to the OSSTF/FEESO resource An Educator’s Guide to Growing Success (originally titled Growing Success Condensed) which is a quick reference guide to the Ministry of Education’s assessment and evaluation policy, Growing Success.
Follow the link below for an electronic copy of both documents:
Should further clarification be required please contact the District Office.
Teaching - A Profession With Maximum Impact
The winners of the 2014-2015 contest: Teachers Make a Difference were Cheryl Griffiths and Robert Rock from Donald A Wilson. Congratulations! Check out their commercial below on the left. It is also running on CHEX TV Channel 12.