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Call for writers—Everyday Mental Health Practices for Secondary School

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OSSTF/FEESO, in partnership with School Mental Health ASSIST, is creating a resource for secondary teachers. The resource will provide activities that teachers can implement in their classrooms to support student well-being. The resource might be similar to Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource, an online tool developed for elementary teachers.

We are looking for TEN teacher/occasional teachers and FIVE PSSP members from around the province interested in being part of the development team for this resource. The team will also consist of representatives from School Mental Health ASSIST. The OSSTF/FEESO members would identify practices that teachers can use in the classroom and the most effective means of sharing those practices.

Successful applicants need to participate in three to four meetings before June (March 1 and late April in Toronto, and once or twice through teleconference). Additional meetings to incorporate feedback from pilots would occur prior to full release of the resource.

The ideal applicant for this team would have:

  • an interest and/or experience in supporting students’ mental health and resiliency within the classroom; and,
  • strong communication skills.

OSSTF/FEESO values the participation of members with different voices from lived experiences. We recognize that the selection of candidates for federation positions from members of equity seeking groups is an asset. Self-identification of membership in equity seeking group(s) is voluntary. If you choose to self-identify, please let us know any that apply to you:

  • Woman
  • Racialized Person
  • FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
  • Person with a Disability
  • Francophone

The deadline for application is February 13, 2019. Interested candidates should complete the following application form. Please direct inquiries to Cathy Renfrew, OSSTF/FEESO 60 Mobile Drive, Toronto, ON  M4A 2P3; Fax: 416.751.7079; Email: cathy.renfrew@osstf.ca.

Team members will identify practices that teachers can use in the classroom and develop the most effective means of sharing those practices.

Bargaining Unit Presidents will be contacted regarding any individual being considered to ensure time release is possible.

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