Open Letter from Board Chair Pat Cochrane
To: French Immersion Principals, School Councils and Parents
From: The Board of Trustees
As you are aware, in January 2001, the Board of Trustees requested that the French Immersion Development Team (FIDT) be established to formulate a system commitment and plan for French Immersion in the Calgary Board of Education. This team and their mandate was in response to requests from both South and North of the Bow French Immersion Pathfinding Teams as well as the Chinook Park/Kingsland Pathfinding Team to have a system accommodation plan for the placement and location of French Immersion programs in CBE schools.
On October 2, 2001, the FIDT's work was presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. It has articulated a vision that provides a system where every student has an opportunity to become bilingual; developed guiding principles to facilitate decision-making on program excellence, growth, access and equity; identified six goals necessary for a successful strategic plan of action and identified actions and strategies for a five year strategic plan. Please see the attached board reports.
The Board agreed
to further the work of the team by approving the following
It is now the work of the Board of Trustees to review, discuss, and debate the impacts of developing governance policy that supports the proposed vision, guiding principles, and goals. We can support the intent and directions of the report in principle, however we will need to ask and answer some tough questions about costs within the broader context of other initiatives and needs within the system.
We are committed to show system support for French Immersion programs by asking Administration to develop a draft plan to locate programs in order to provide excellence, equity, and access to quality learning experiences in French Immersion programs. Our board has been committed to public involvement and will continue to involve, inform and dialogue with principals and parents as we move along in this discussion.
On behalf of the
Board of Trustees, we would like to take this opportunity
to thank the individual members of the French Immersion Development Team
as well as
parents, teachers and principals who provided important feedback and
contributed to the Board reports. We will provide an update after November
2001 and look forward to a continued dialogue. In the meantime, please
The Report consists of the core document, plus 4 attachments. Each of these can be downloaded as PDF files by clicking on the links below.
Vision Statement (attachment 1)
Guiding Principles (attachment 2)
Goals (attachment 3)
Strategic Plan (attachment 4)
You can show your support for the report by contacting your CBE Trustee:
Wards 1&2 Gordon Dirks
Ph: 294-8121 Fax: 294-8282
Banff Trail, Varsity Acres Elementary
Wards 3&4 David Pickersgill
Ph: 294-8263 Fax: 294-8282
Highwood, Mayland Heights, G.P. Vanier Jr. High, King George Elem., Greenview Elementary
Wards 5&10 Lynn Nishimura
Ph: 294-8261 Fax: 294-8282 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Edwards Junior High
Wards 6&7 Carole Oliver
Ph: 294-8265 Fax: 294-8282
Branton Jr. High, Westgate Elem., William Aberhart Sr. High,
Wards 8&9 Pat Cochrane
Ph: 294-8123 Fax: 294-8282
Fairview Jr. High,Western Canada Sr. High
Wards 11&13 Nancy Close
Ph: 294-8120 Fax: 294-8282
Central Memorial Sr. High, Elboya Elem./Jr. High, Kingsland Elem., Chinook Park Elem., Bishop Pinkham Jr. High, Willam Reid Elem.
Wards 12&14 Sharon Hestor
Ph: 294-8241 Fax: 294-8282 email@example.com
Andrew Davison Elem., Kingsland Elem.