Build a Better FSL Program: A Guide for School Leaders

Registration closes:
May 05, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Michelle De Abreu
Date:May 12, 2020
Time:9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
(Includes various French/FSL resources.)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 20-FR-184

Target Audience

School administrators and lead teachers of Gr. 4-12 FSL programs

About this learning opportunity

A robust French as a second language program positively impacts students in a variety of ways, including their academic achievement in English. This intensive workshop is designed to help you reflect on the current state of your school or district’s FSL programming and begin planning to maximize its potential for your students.

Attend the morning session to:

  • learn what the recent research literature says about the impact of second language learning
  • examine the characteristics of effective FSL programs
  • critically reflect on the current state of FSL programming in your context
  • identify areas of strength in your FSL program and areas in which to improve
  • consider several key strategies to boost the effectiveness of your FSL program

Stay for dedicated time in the afternoon:

  • exam the areas in your FSL programming in which to put your resources; e.g., staffing, teaching and learning resources, timetabling, credentialing, physical space, professional development, community involvement,  etc.
  • plan for the short and long term success of FSL for your context

Tip: Attend the workshop with your school’s FSL teacher lead and colleagues from your feeder and receiving schools to create a more impactful and articulated plan to strengthen your FSL programming.

This session will be delivered in English.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • #7: Developing Leadership Capacity
  • #8: Managing School Operations and Resources

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

After 18 years in the classroom, Michelle De Abreu spent 15 years as a second language consultant with Edmonton Public Schools where she provided support to teachers and administrators at the local, provincial, national and international levels. 

In her career, Michelle has been a lead project manager/author of many resources for ERLC, Alberta Education, the Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). Her work in the field of language education is well-recognized: Michelle is the recipient of provincial and national awards from SLIC, the Fédération des parents francophones de l’Alberta, and CASLT. 

Michelle’s workshops are characterized by their practical nature and playful ‘you can do it’ tone. She is most often asked to work in the areas of effective second language classroom instructional and assessment practices, improving teacher language proficiency, curriculum design, leadership and programming, and resource writing. Through her new consulting business, B-Lingual Consulting, Michelle continues to provide professional service and consultation to second language educators and organizations.