Spotlight on French Immersion
Dear friends and supporters,
As the campaign enters the final stretch, I want to dispel some misinformation that is being spread by others and go on record to make clear my position on Early French Immersion.
I strongly support French language education in our schools. Much of my platform is based on the mantra "developing the whole child", and language skill, particularly having a second language, is a significant contributor to developing more well rounded individuals that are better equipped to function in a multicultural, multilingual world. Also, the province is experiencing a rise in demand for French Immersion and other boards are responding. Availability of teachers is a broader issue, not exclusive to the HCDSB, but we should not give up on programs like Early French Immersion.
Admittedly, there are challenges to ensuring adequate resources to support current and future demands for French Immersion. As a new candidate, I may not have all the information needed to solve the problem, but I can commit to find the answers.
As trustee, I commit to work toward a long-term, sustainable solution. Based on my research, there are many strategies open to us such as recruiting qualified French teachers from abroad, introducing measures to attract more French-speaking candidates to teachers’ college; and looking at providing financial assistance to current teachers who want to improve their French qualifications. I would also look to other boards that are expanding their programs to understand what they are doing. I will consult broadly with educators, families and students to understand their needs and pursue solutions to fill those needs.