Ministry of Education, Culture and Employment
Establishing Effective Recruitment and Retention Strategies for FML/FLS Educators
This two-year project includes four initiatives focused on teacher recruitment and retention:
1. Create an end-of-year survey for French as a second language (FSL) educators, then analyze the data collected to identify the reasons for the current attrition rate and evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment and retention initiatives;
2. Promote the FML teaching profession to encourage the retention of current teaching staff;
3. Provide professional learning opportunities that will increase the skills, confidence and sense of self-efficacy of FML and FSL educators; and
4. Increase the visibility of the Northwest Territories to out-of-territory FML and FSL educators in order to increase teacher recruitment.
These initiatives aim to:
1. Improve retention of FLS/FLM teachers by creating a relevant and effective support system, and by evaluating the effectiveness of initiatives in a more structured way.
2. Improve recruitment of FSL/FLM teachers by adapting recruitment strategies to future teachers and potential international educators.
Main takeaways (learnings)
- It's easier for school boards to send the survey to teachers because they have direct access to it.
- Exposing trainees to the realities of the Northwest Territories workplace helps recruit teaching professionals.
- For mentoring and language coaching.
- To benefit from the Quebec trainee program.
- For internships and mentoring.