Professional Learning

Sandra Woodrow Hewitt - Professional Learning ChairProfessional Learning Update 

Welcome back to a new school year!

For those members who need to finalize their applications for SCETF PL Funding that were approved for summer learning courses/programs please note that we are working to complete the necessary paperwork in a timely manner. In order to ensure your application is finalized, you must send to the SCETF the evaluation form (see your approval letter) and any necessary receipts.  If you have moved over the summer, please make sure your correct mailing address is on file at the SCETF Office.  Cheques are sent to your home address.

Looking for Professional Learning Funds? 

All members should take a few minutes and read over the guidelines for accessing funds.  It is the responsibility of each member to know what the process is for approval. When the application is not received 2 weeks prior to the event, no approval will be granted.

Tips for Accessing Professional Learning Funds

It is never too early to apply for funds and the sooner you apply, the better! Many teachers plan in advance and know the conference or the course they will want to attend. We understand that things come up and that plans need to change.  If you apply and need to switch the PD activity or cancel, it is easy to do so. Just drop us an email.

Have a wonderful year.

Sandra Woodrow Hewitt

SCETF Professional Learning Chair

See the following for information on the SCETF Professional Learning Funds:

 SCETF PL Application Forms (must be printed and completed by hand)

For professional learning resources it also expected that you would ask for approval if you want to be reimbursed. Also, please review what you want to purchase is a “professional learning” resource and not a “teacher resource” book or “student focused tool.”   A professional learning material would help you as a teacher – focus on teaching methodologies and classroom management.  A teacher resource book is something that aids the students in their learning. So if you bought a song book or a games book or something like “ABC Activities” these types of purchases would not be reimbursed. You should check with your teacher-librarian to see if they have an allocation of funds for such books or contact your administrator.

SCETF members are encouraged to stay informed and to check our SCETF website, to read SCETF Member Emails and to check the ETFO website on a regular basis to be aware of the professional learning opportunities that are being offered. It is through the SCETF Member Emails that much of our information is shared.  Be sure to have a current non-Board email on file at the SCETF Office.

Looking for free eResources? Go to  Go to Resources and then eResources.  A great example is the Awareness, Engagement Activism: A Social Justice Approach This extensive document is sorted by grade level, children’s books, themes, culminating activities. This is just one example of what is available.

Questions can be directed to Sandra Woodrow Hewitt, Professional Learning Chair, SCETF, at


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