A proud history that started in 1985
In 1985 a group of Resource Teachers began to recognize many common concerns and needs of professionals working with exceptional children and their families. Annual conferences were sponsored to address those needs and led to an interest in the development of a provincially recognized organization. In 1990 this interest resulted in the accreditation of the Early Childhood Resource Teacher Network of Ontario. The Network is proud to continue its 30+ years of operating under the guidance of the following mission, vision, and values.
The Network promotes the inclusion of children with varying needs and abilities, in their communities, by providing a forum for networking, education, professional development, and collaborative advocacy for Resource Teachers and Consultants across the province of Ontario.
Early Childhood Resource Teachers as leading collaborators in building inclusive communities for children across the province of Ontario.
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Background Information and Organizational Milestones
Organized by the Gerard Resource Centre and Ryerson University
Proposal submitted to form the Association for Resource Teachers of Ontario
▪ 1st Annual General Meeting
▪ 1st Board of Directors was elected
▪ Preliminary Planning for Inclusion Project
▪ Sourced Out Funding for the Project
10th Conference held in, Barrie ON
Trillium Foundation supports project with a grant of $7,500
15th Conference held in, Burlington ON
20th Conference held in Kingston, ON
25th Conference held in Collingwood, ON
30th Conference held in Ottawa, ON in partnership with Children's Integration Support Services
Learning Institute held in Richmond Hill, ON in Partnership with OAICD
The Network held Regional Gatherings Eastern, Western, and Central Regions, with the AGM taking place at the Central Gathering
The North Region is was divided into North Eastern, North Western, and North Central Regions to reflect the vast geographical area and allow for more representation from Northern Ontario on the Board of Directors
The Network began hosting monthly Connect Over Coffee Virtual Networking Events in response to the work-from-home mandate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
The Network hosted the annual provincial conference in a virtual format