Toronto, January 30, 2020 – The French as a Second Language-Ontario Labour Market Partnership has released its second report, entitled Moving Forward with Understanding Perspectives Regarding the FSL Labour Market Issue. The Phase II report describes the implementation of recommendations of the Partnership's Phase I report from May 2018.
As the demand for French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers and programs in Ontario's publicly funded English-language schools increases, school boards continue to be challenged to recruit, retain and support sufficient numbers of qualified FSL teachers. This issue has provided the motivation for the Partnership to collaborate and find workable solutions.
This second phase of the Partnership's work follows from the recommendations in its earlier report, which researched the challenges in hiring, recruiting and retaining FSL teachers in Ontario. The current report describes the action plans developed regarding the recruitment, hiring, retention and professional support of FSL teachers and goes on to examine similar questions relating to Education Workers (non-teaching support staff) in FSL programs.
The work of the Partnership's second phase falls into two broad categories:
Action Plan Highlights
Pilot ProjectsAssociated with Phase II were six pilot projects across the province, which sought to solve the challenges related to recruitment, hiring, retention and professional support. These projects took place in Algoma District School Board (DSB)/ Near North DSB/ DSB Ontario North East, Halton DSB, Waterloo Catholic DSB, Renfrew County Catholic DSB, Greater Essex County DSB and with the Ontario Principals' Council. More information on the pilot projects can be found on the OPSBA website.Highlights from the Research Regarding Education Workers
Recommendations regarding Education Workers primarily focused on expanded professional learning opportunities to support students in FSL programs.Given the complexity of workable solutions related to the FSL teacher supply and demand issue, OPSBA on behalf of all partners, is currently working with the Ontario government to secure funding to continue with Phase III of the initiative in 2020-21. Phase III will allow for the expanded provincial implementation of evidence-based strategies and practices to improve this labour market issue. To read the full report, visit the FSL page on the OPSBA website.This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.For more information:
T.J. Goertz Senior Communications and Policy OfficerOntario Public School Boards' Associationtgoertz@opsba.org416-340-2540, ext. 112