Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) / Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones
Putting Data to Work
The CSBA and the FNCSF, in collaboration with the CASSA, the RNDGE, and the CLÉ, have partnered in the development of a nationwide technology framework allowing easy access to reliable standardized data from across Canada. This automated, scalable, pan-Canadian and sustainable database will help to better identify the extent of the shortage of French-language and French minority teachers in immersion and second-language programs across the country. In addition, the data will be used to inform decision-making in matters of recruitment, mobility and retention of French teachers. School system administrators, governments, professional associations and advocacy groups recognize the importance of addressing the shortage of French teachers and the challenges of recruitment and retention. These shortages impact FSL and FML programs in every provincial/territorial setting in Canada. While many stakeholders have gathered information independently to examine this issue, there remains a lack of standardized quantitative data to support coherent and cost-effective teacher recruitment and retention strategies at the local and national levels.
Main takeaways (learnings)
- It is interesting to include teachers of FSL programs and Francophone teachers in minority settings. Although school boards in both languages recruit from the same pools of professionals, the fact remains that they are all experiencing the effects of shortages. We need to work together to make data-driven decisions. It's a win-win situation.
- It would be a good idea to bring together all stakeholders (universities, government sectors and associations) to discuss the reality of school systems and the impact of teacher shortages on them. This reinforces the need to undertake nationwide data collection.
- The use of infographics has helped publicize the project and its activities to target audiences across the country. This is an effective way of explaining activities, encouraging participation and leading interested parties to consult reports and studies via hyperlinks.
- Avoid duplication of effort
- Put a more precise figure on the shortage
- Present a more complete picture of what's happening in the field on a national scale
- To better answer critical questions related to shortages and hiring.
- Facilitate recruitment of teachers from abroad
- Facilitate workforce planning for school boards in terms of recruitment
- Share data on new teachers (e.g., certification requests, international departures or requests from other provinces)
- Sharing data to present a more global picture of the situation (e.g.: resignations within the first 5 years in the profession)