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1 How to Keep you FI Staff Conseil Français 2004 Canmore, Alberta Fred Kreiner

2 Overview A short brainstorming session to get some perspectives from you.A short brainstorming session to get some perspectives from you. A little personal history in rural AlbertaA little personal history in rural Alberta Look at things from Maslow’s pyramid (albeit adapted to the specificity of the immersion teacher perspective)Look at things from Maslow’s pyramid (albeit adapted to the specificity of the immersion teacher perspective) Conclusions we can draw???Conclusions we can draw???

3 Brainstorming What do you think are the reasons that you have lost French immersion staff?What do you think are the reasons that you have lost French immersion staff? What reasons have staff given for their decision to leave the school/community/ board?What reasons have staff given for their decision to leave the school/community/ board?

4 My perspective Graduated Faculté Saint-Jean 1985Graduated Faculté Saint-Jean 1985 –At that time, immersion teachers were not easy to find –As a small town boy, having spent 4 years in the city, I was looking to relocate to a rural setting Signed a contract with Peace River 10Signed a contract with Peace River 10 –Wanted to stay for a minimum 5 years. –Loved the community. –Left after only 1 year.

5 My perspective Moved to Yellowhead School Division in 1986Moved to Yellowhead School Division in 1986 –Got married and my wife also worked in Immersion –Spent 11 years in Yellowhead and GYRD –Became acting principal for one year –Member of school administrative team Moved to Parkland School Division in 1997Moved to Parkland School Division in 1997 –Access to post graduate education

6 Maslow’s pyramid (according to Fred)

7 Physical / Security What do we do to ensure that new teachers have their physical and security needs met when they arrive in our communities?What do we do to ensure that new teachers have their physical and security needs met when they arrive in our communities? – contact prior to their arrival Arrival of Exchange TeachersArrival of Exchange Teachers –a phone number upon arriving –Temporary lodging –Finding an apartment Classified ads,Classified ads, C’est quoi un 5 ½?C’est quoi un 5 ½? –Getting groceries, a case of beer

8 Social / Emotional What do we do to help new teachers feel at home, develop friendships, get the emotional support they need for taking on the challenging task of a first year of teaching in a new system?What do we do to help new teachers feel at home, develop friendships, get the emotional support they need for taking on the challenging task of a first year of teaching in a new system? –Despite language difficulties –Cultural differences –Lack of family support

9 Social / Emotional Take the time to get to know the person, not the teacher.Take the time to get to know the person, not the teacher. Make sure introductions are made earlyMake sure introductions are made early –Often patterns of calling home because of home sickness are started very early in a new setting. See to it that “compatible” staff get involved with new staff sociallySee to it that “compatible” staff get involved with new staff socially Sometimes, you may have to go outside your own school staff to the larger communitySometimes, you may have to go outside your own school staff to the larger community

10 Social / Emotional Get in touch with organizations that might be of interest to your new staff (hockey clubs, theatre groups)Get in touch with organizations that might be of interest to your new staff (hockey clubs, theatre groups) CPF parents are a resource to draw on in helping new staff integrate into the communityCPF parents are a resource to draw on in helping new staff integrate into the community Recognize that you can’t replace family, but you can make them more accessibleRecognize that you can’t replace family, but you can make them more accessible –Personal days around holidays to allow travel etc. FIND THEM A SPOUSE!!FIND THEM A SPOUSE!!

11 Teaching What is the importance of the immersion program in your school?What is the importance of the immersion program in your school? –Website that doesn’t mention FI. –Expectations of student communication in class and in school –Language use in staff room or hallways Support from other Immersion staff in the school/districtSupport from other Immersion staff in the school/district Teamwork with other Immersion staff in the school/districtTeamwork with other Immersion staff in the school/district

12 Teaching Teacher EvaluationTeacher Evaluation –Is the policy explained and clear to staff? –Is the evaluator able to speak French? If not, how about another staff member who is fluent being involved in the evaluation?If not, how about another staff member who is fluent being involved in the evaluation? What resources are availableWhat resources are available –Teaching resources, beyond basic resource & teacher’s guide –Support staff, especially for special needs students True believers in FI feel that transferring a student into English to support services is a failureTrue believers in FI feel that transferring a student into English to support services is a failure –Library books –Community resources & Field trip opportunities/support

13 Teaching What about mentoring teachers?What about mentoring teachers? Would a reduced workload be in order?Would a reduced workload be in order? –Immersion secondary teachers may see the same students, but often have many subjects to prepare for. –What kinds of support for FSL teaching could be added?

14 Professional & Personal Development What access is there available to PD?What access is there available to PD? –Conseil Français –Association Canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI) –Consortium programming –Summer language training –Opportunities for post-graduate courses –www.learning.gov.ab.ca (teachers, français, bourses) for financial support in all these areas.

15 Professional & Personal Development Can teachers move into different positions?Can teachers move into different positions? –FI coordinator –Department Head –Administration Can personal/professional fulfillment be found in the ATA?Can personal/professional fulfillment be found in the ATA? –School representative –Local organization –Specialist council

16 Conclusion Administrators need to know their staffAdministrators need to know their staff This helps determine what level of needs staff are looking to fulfillThis helps determine what level of needs staff are looking to fulfill –There are times when too great an emphasis is placed on the wrong level of need. We need to help teachers maintain a balance between their personal and professional livesWe need to help teachers maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives When teachers feel they can meet all their levels of needs, there is little desire to change employmentWhen teachers feel they can meet all their levels of needs, there is little desire to change employment


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