Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) in partnership with Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) and Catholic Principals' Council | Ontario (CPCO) are offering three online French as a second language (FSL) professional learning modules and five webinars. The fee for the modules and webinars is fully subsidized. Registration is open nationally for principals and vice-principals in Canada. 

Focusing on French: Conversations with principal colleagues to support French as a second language programs across Canada

A national conversation about how school administrators can support French as a second language teachers and programs in their districts.

Format

Five free one hour online webinar offerings from October 2021 to January 2022, each with a different key topic that will be explored collectively. All webinars will be recorded and the recording shared with registrants. 

Facilitators

Join hosts Kara Bowles and Shona Gracey and five dynamic principal colleagues as together they dissect some of the key scenarios related to being the leader of the  FSL/FI program. 

Webinars

Date Time  Topic Guest Speaker
October 27 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET Promoting Inclusion in the FSL Program at your School Mark Duwyn
November 8      4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET Being a School Administrator in a French Immersion School for the First Time - an orientation Andrea McCabe
November 18       4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET Welcoming English Language Learners in FSL Programs Kara Bowles 
December 2 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET Supporting New French Teachers in the Role   Dann Crandall
January 18 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET Problem Solving Conversations for FSL Student Success Elizabeth Hoerath

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Professional Learning Modules 

School districts wishing to offer the modules to school leaders should contact learning@principals.ca for more information.

Format 

Two facilitators instruct the modules, each representing OPC and CPCO perspectives. Each module runs for 10 days:

  • the online learning management system used for the module is Canvas

  • participants have 10 days to complete 5 hours of work 

  • within the 10-day period, there will be an opportunity for scheduled synchronous sessions between the facilitators and participants

Module Overviews 

Three modules offerings:

French Immersion Module 1

Description: Participants will explore leadership strategies and ways to mitigate issues identified in research regarding the development of the French Immersion programs in schools.

Facilitated by practising principals with experience in French Immersion settings, this module focuses on collaborative knowledge building and mobilization to:

  • identify leadership strategies to improve FSL teacher retention

  • determine the factors leading to FSL teacher attrition and

  • introduce support for the professional learning of FSL educators.

Core French Module 

Description: Participants will explore leadership strategies and ways to mitigate issues identified in research regarding the development of the Core French program in schools.

Facilitated by principals with experience in Core French settings, this module focuses on collaborative knowledge building and mobilization to:

  • identify leadership strategies to improve Core French teacher retention 

  • determine effective practices of Core French programs

  • discover resources that help to plan professional development opportunities for Core French teachers,  and 

  • discuss unique leadership challenges and opportunities that affect FSL instruction in schools.

French Immersion Module 2 

Description: A module to support Associates and Members in delving deeper into the strategies for Teacher Retention and the Development of the French Immersion Program. In this second module, participants will focus expressively on practical leadership strategies to support the development of the French Immersion program in schools.

Facilitated by practising principals with experience in French Immersion settings, this module focuses on collaborative knowledge building and mobilization to:

  • determine the effective practices of French Immersion programs

  • identify strategies that support language proficiency of French Immersion teachers

  • discover resources that help to plan professional development opportunities for French Immersion teachers,  and 

  • discuss unique leadership challenges and opportunities that affect French Immersion instruction in schools.