Nancy-Metz / Grande Prairie
On February the 27th, 2015, the partnership between the Académie de Nancy-Metz and a group of eight school boards in northern Alberta was made official at Collège Jean Moulin in Tomblaine, France (near Nancy). These eight school boards are clustered around the Grande Prairie French Language Resource Centre. Two Canadian management representatives travelled to France for the occasion: Ms. Lesley Doell, the Grande Prairie French Language Consultant and President of the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (CAIT); and Mr. Marcel Lizotte, Superintendent of the Northwest Francophone Education Region.
Students from Collège Jean Moulin met with students from Grande Prairie’s Alexander Forbes School via video conference.
Also present for this videoconference was Mr. Jean-Luc Strugarek, the academic director and inpector of education.
The two partners are working on partnerships between establishments (to promote English language-learning for French students and French language-learning for Canadian students), short- and medium-length student exchanges, observational tours for teaching staff, and opportunities for management personnel (establishment heads, inspectors, etc.) to exchange expertise.
This partnership was made official following discussions initiated in May 2013 (see background information below).
Les élèves du collège Jean Moulin, à Tomblaine, en visio conférence avec ceux de Grande Prairie (Alberta)
By the end of two days of intensive meetings and visits expertly organized by Lesley Doell, French Program Consultant in Grande Prairie and President of the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (CAIT), the two parties defined an orientation for their partnership and expressed great mutual interest in getting the partnership underway. Two types of joint actions were chosen:
1/ Teacher-oriented actions (job shadowing, teaching exchanges, and teaching missions in immersion or bilingual classes)
2/ Long-distance projects between establishments: in January 2014, eight months after the first visit, there are already three partnerships between establishments in place. On the French side, the schools currently involved are: the primary school in Houdemeont, Collège Jean Moulin (Tomblaine), and Collège Valcourt (Toul). There are still at least three schools in Grande-Prairie searching for a partner institution within the Académie de Nancy-Metz: as a result, we can already predict the creation of new inter-establishment partnerships.
Note: Alexander Forbes Edge School in Grande Prairie and Collège Jean Moulin in Tomblaine are involved in a European e-twinning program with Danish and Italian establishments. To our knowledge, this is the first Canadian establishment involved in an e-twinning project.