Administrators’ Zone

Administrators, we’ve got your back!

ACPI is proud to present a brand new “Administrators’ Zone” dedicated specifically to principals, superintendents, coordinators, French immersion (FI) program leaders, etc.

Please note that this section is under construction. Stay tuned as new resources will be added in the coming months!

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 Teachers need resources

As a school administrator this is one of the most frequent requests from staff, but how do you know what resources are the most effective?

ACPI suggests the following:

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I have new French Immersion Teachers

It is so difficult to fill French immersion positions.  Once I have someone in a role, how do I retain my teachers so that they don’t feel tempted to move into English positions?  

ACPI suggests the following:

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Parents have questions about French Immersion

A colleague asks:
“I don’t know much about the FI program and parents are asking me for information.  How can I help them?”
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A parent says:
Can you direct me to some online resources for me to be able to support my child in French immersion?

ACPI suggests the following:

 

Suggestions for Engaging Parents in the French Immersion Program

Sharad Srivastava is a French Immersion Principal working in the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Through his 30 years as an educator, he has had the pleasure to work in dual-track schools, in milieu français schools in both rural and urban centres. He has worked with students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as a specialist teacher, Student Services teacher, Department Head, Coordinator, Vice Principal and Principal.

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I am leading the French Immersion program at my school

I know that I am the instructional leader for the French immersion program at my school but I would like help understanding effective French as a second language instruction.  What resources exist to support me?

ACPI suggests the following:

Leading a Successful and Inclusive Immersion Program

Mark Duwyn has been the Principal of both a dual track school in the Toronto District School Board as well as the Principal of a French Immersion Centre. Mark has also worked as a French Immersion teacher in the Primary, Junior and intermediate levels as well as a French as a Second Language Instructional Leader for Elementary and Secondary teachers. Mark is interested in ensuring that French Immersion programs are equitable for all students. Mark has a Master’s degree from OISE in Second Language Education.

Successful Administration of Immersion Programs

With nearly 20 years’ experience in school administration, Renald has worked at both the systemic and facility levels. Throughout his career, Renald has challenged system norms to establish conditions in which learners can flourish. Attracted by project-based pedagogy, he advocates the development of transversal cognitive skills and finds community partners to extend the classroom canvas. This approach enables students to participate in projects of national and international scope. In 2019, he leaves the Ottawa School Board to take up the position of Supervisory Officer (Superintendent of Education) with the Renfrew County District School Board, a rural area west of Ottawa, where he has been instrumental in developing a systemic vision for French-second-language programs.

In these episodes, Renald shares his tips for successful administration in French immersion.

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I want to learn about the CEFR

I have heard about the CEFR and understand that this is an important approach to learning French. I want to learn more in order to support the French immersion program at my school.  Where do I find out more?

ACPI suggests the following:

SNAPSHOTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS

Created specifically for administrators, these video snapshots will provide you with a quick summary of key resources.  Learn from the experts the important points of their resources!

 

This snapshot refers to the video available to free, A and A+ members.

 

 

 

 

This snapshot refers to the video available to free, A and A+ members.

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I want to know what to look for when I am in a French immersion classroom.

I am completing a Teacher Performance Appraisal in a French immersion classroom but I don’t speak French. I will be evaluating using the provincial/territorial expectations, but I am unsure of solid pedagogical practices in a French immersion classroom.  What might help?

ACPI suggests the following:

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The substitute teacher does not speak french.

As a school administrator I have a French immersion teacher who is absent. 

  1. Plans were left in French and the supply does not speak/understand French.  
  2. No plans were left for the class and you need to provide material for the day
  3. No supply teacher was available today.

What support can I provide? Where can I find support?

ACPI suggests the following:

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How do I support my teacher’s language proficiency?

One of my teachers has indicated in his professional growth plan that he wants to improve his language skills. How can I support him?

ACPI suggests the following:

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I am leading the Math program for French immersion at my school.

I want to offer my staff a professional development session in the area of mathematics. Help!

ACPI suggests the following:

SNAPSHOTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS

Created specifically for administrators, these video snapshots will provide you with a quick summary of key resources.  Learn from the experts the important points of their resources!

 

This snapshot refers to the podcast available to free, A and A+ members.

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I am in charge of online French immersion classes

I have a teacher offering online learning in French and they are asking me how to ensure that our students are getting sufficient authentic oral production and interaction.
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How can I assist my staff in creating a sense of community when mostly interacting virtually?

ACPI suggests the following:

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Language Learning: I am the instructional leader of the French immersion program

I do not speak French but I need to know about French as a second language pedagogy.  What resources exist to help me?
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I speak French, but want to learn more about current French immersion pedagogy. What resources exist to help me?
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A parent asks me if their child should change programs due to challenges (language, academic, social, etc.)

ACPI suggests the following:

Supporting Language Development en French Immersion Classrooms

Roy Lyster is an emeritus professor in second language education at the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University in Montreal. His research specifically focuses on the teaching and learning of French in immersive contexts and more generally on classroom interaction and the role of form-focused instruction and corrective feedback. He authored a module titled “Content-Based Language Teaching,” published by Routledge in 2018, and three books: “Learning and Teaching Languages Through Content” published by Benjamins in 2007, “Towards an Integrated Approach in Immersion” published by Les Éditions CEC in 2016, and “Scaffolding Language Development in Immersion and Dual Language Classrooms” (with D.J. Tedick) published by Routledge in 2020.

 

SNAPSHOTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS

Created specifically for administrators, these video snapshots will provide you with a quick summary of key resources.  Learn from the experts the important points of their resources!

 

This snapshot refers to the video available to free, A and A+ members.

 

 

 

 

This snapshot refers to the episodes available to free, A and A+ members.

 

 

 

 

This snapshot refers to the guide available to A and A+ members.

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How do I support multilingual learners in French immersion?

I have students taking French that are newcomers to Canada.  What do I need to know?

ACPI suggests the following:

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I want to explore my own professional learning.

I have recently become an administrator of a French immersion program.  What should I know?
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I want to improve my own language skills. How do I do this?

ACPI suggests the following:

Leading a Successful and Inclusive Immersion Program

SNAPSHOTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS

Created specifically for administrators, these video snapshots will provide you with a quick summary of key resources.  Learn from the experts the important points of their resources!

 

This snapshot refers to the podcast available to free, A and A+ members.

 

 

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How do I ensure that all are welcome in French immersion?

Clinicians will often suggest that a struggling student change programs, but is this based on current research? What should I know?

ACPI suggests the following:

SNAPSHOTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS

Created specifically for administrators, these video snapshots will provide you with a quick summary of key resources.  Learn from the experts the important points of their resources!

 

This snapshot refers to the podcast available to free, A and A+ members.

 

 

 

 

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