This initiative had 2 objectives:
- To conduct research to inform higher-potential recruitment strategies and test these strategies using collaborative partnerships and pilot projects.
- To develop a guide for English-language school boards that supports the effective recruitment and hiring of FSL teachers. The FSL Teacher Recruitment Guide for English-Language School Boards is a resource for English-language school boards in Canada.
FSL Teacher Recruitment Guide for English-Language School Boards
The Recruitment Guide is intended to provide human resources (H.R.) professionals, program superintendents/directors, curriculum leaders, communications officials, and information technology (I.T.) specialists with specific strategies that have been used in school boards across Canada. The strategies in the Guide are informed by research conducted as part of the initiative to produce a comprehensive list of higher-yield strategies for recruitment and hiring of FSL teachers across Canada.
This video looks at the research related to the recruitment and hiring of FSL teachers and introduces several promising practices:
Mobilizing Knowledge from the FSL Labour Market Partnership – Case Studies from Ontario School Boards
This case study report provides insight into how 5 school boards have been collaborating with OPSBA to revisit components of their FSL teacher recruitment, hiring, professional support and retention plans. Their work is documented here as case studies in order to support other school boards who are experiencing similar challenges in their recruitment, hiring, professional support and/or retention of FSL teachers.
Guiding Questions to Review Boards’ Websites Re: Promoting Employment Opportunities for FSL Teacher
This resource assists school districts who wish to review and potentially modify their existing websites to showcase FSL job opportunities and related application processes. For more information about the practical use of this resource please refer to the FSL Teacher Recruitment Guide for English-Language School Boards.
Pathways to Employment
This resource identifies the pathways available for individuals interested in pursuing FSL teaching in Ontario.
This strategy refers to ensuring that we continually value, engage and build capacity of our existing FSL staff:
Our future FSL teachers are students in our classrooms today. This section includes resources and supports to encourage core/basic, extended and French Immersion students to remain in FSL programs to graduation and to consider a career in FSL education through:
Specialist High Skills Major
The new Non-Profit Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Education French as Second Language (FSL) stream is being offered for the first time in the 2022-23 school year. It encourages Grade 11 and 12 students in core/basic, extended and French Immersion programs to pursue a career in FSL education.