Creation of Franco-Quebec schools: a transatlantic partnership for success

This is how three duets of Franco-Quebec schools were born, the result of an association between three French schools and three Quebec schools:

  • Léo-Lagrange Primary School in Villers-Cotterêts (France) and Trésor-du-Boisé School in Saint-Laurent (Quebec);
  • Soissons Elementary School (France) and Saint-Laurent Laurentides School (Quebec);
  • Eugène-Corette Primary School in Saint-Quentin (France) and Katimavik School in Saint-Laurent (Quebec).

In a common desire to promote exchange, exchange and mutual enrichment, the French and Quebec ministries have commissioned the Amiens Academy and the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Services Center, respectively, to establish this unprecedented cooperation. School cooperation is envisaged in a collaborative approach, adapted to the respective specificities and needs.

For example, twin schools:

  • will work on virtual exchanges between classes, in particular through robotic programming projects;
  • they will transform their internal regulations into a code of conduct organized around the values ​​of the twinned schools;
  • will lead a joint reflection on flexible classes and the implementation of learning according to the needs of students.

Ministers wanted Franco-Quebec schools to take an avant-garde approach in their approach to issues close to Franco-Quebec cooperation: early childhood education, continuing education for teachers and managers, management and collaborative teaching. , benevolent pedagogy. It is also important that students on both sides of the Atlantic benefit from the best teaching practices in French and Quebec. Similarly, it is also hoped that faculty and management staff will be able to enrich their internships by fostering academic success through contact with their fellow foreigners.

Franco-Quebec schools offer a new, innovative and dynamic framework for educational cooperation between France and Quebec. New Franco-Quebec schools should also see the light of day in the near future.

Quotes:

“The France-Quebec partnership is a priority for me to cooperate. It is a source of inspiration that holds great potential for innovation in our education systems. Together with Quebec Minister Jean-François Roberge, I am committed to strengthen and deepen this privileged relationship by launching joint initiatives to work together to improve the quality of education for students in France and Quebec and to strengthen our Franco-Quebec friendship that we are creating and which I wish the greatest success “.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports (France)

“Over the last few years, I have seen the deep friendship and close collaboration between Quebec and France, especially in the field of education. Today I am proud to confirm that thanks to the work of our respective teams, what only The idea for the autumn of 2020 has come true, and I am very happy about it. These first Franco-Quebec schools will be the center of rich exchanges, from which our young people, in addition to being trainers of their It will also contribute to its success and will be a great time for school staff to share. I would like to thank all those who made this initiative possible and wish them a long life! “

Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education (Quebec)

Highlights:

  • The six schools welcome specific clients who create their share of challenges, and each of the Franco-Quebec schools has a distinctive action plan. Indeed, some schools are located in privileged areas and others in less privileged areas. Some schools have a majority of immigrant students. The pairing between French and Quebec schools is done so that the clientele is as similar as possible and the associated challenges can be discussed among the partners.
  • Located in the Hautes-de-France region (northern France), the Amiens academy covers the departments of Somme, Oise and Aisne and brings together more than 350,000 students (nursery and primary school, schools and institutes) .
  • The Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Service Center is located in the Montreal area. It serves more than 70,500 students and has 102 schools.
  • The Amiens Academy and the Marguerite Bourgeoys School Services Center will be the pilot academies for a new co-teaching initiative through short periods of teacher exchange that should begin in the fall.

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