"Education is not about knowing things or taking lessons but about being able to use three lingos: those of the head, the heart, and the hands... learning so that you can think about what you feel and do, can feel what you think and do, and can do what you feel and think” - Pope Francis

Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO) and Ontario Principals' Council (OPC), in partnership with Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA), have developed two fully online Leadership Modules for French as a Second Language (FSL) professional learning. 

  • Catholic Leadership and French Immersion Teacher Retention K-12: Strategies that Make a Difference
  • Leading the FSL program in Catholic Secondary Schools

These modules are designed to encourage school administrators and education leaders to explore innovative and evidence-based practices and strategies that can aid French Second Language Programs. These modules help to build a compendium of effective strategies to support Catholic school administrators' understanding of the French Second Language Program, including French Immersion and its unique needs.

Some things to consider as you engage in these modules:

  • You may work through these modules as a self-directed learning experience, setting your own pace and accessing it how you see fit. 
  • You may want to consider completing these modules with other principal colleagues.  A small group can discuss how the content reflects what is happening in their schools.
  • All materials required to complete these modules are included within the four content sections.
  • Each module is designed to take approximately five hours to complete. You can exit and return to your current learning section as you need to.

Note: While the content in this course is mainly focused on the roles of Vice-Principal and Principal, they support all education leaders - positional or not. The current module is provided in the Ontario context; please refer to the glossary for clarification.

Suggested readings enhance the learning experience. There are various Learning Journal Reflections and actionable items throughout the course for you to consider. The time you spend thoughtfully responding to reflection questions will support your development as an effective Catholic school leader. 

Learning Library professional resources are embedded throughout the course to extend your understanding. A complete listing of professional resources is provided here.


Learning goals:
  • Identify and implement strategies to improve French Immersion teacher retention through inclusive practices and equity education
  • Consider unique leadership challenges and opportunities that affect French Immersion instruction in your Catholic school



Learning goals:
  • Identify and implement strategies to support French programs at the secondary level.
  • Develop confidence by discussing strategies to assist in French programs' sustainability and continued growth in the face of competing leadership challenges.
  • discover resources that help to plan professional development opportunities for Core French teachers, and 
  • Consider unique leadership challenges and opportunities that affect French instruction in Catholic secondary schools.