A. To create a francophone zone in every school
The diffusion of francophone education is facilitated in part by creating robust, appealing, and convivial francophone environments within schools. The objective is to provide all schools within the network of French dual language programs the resources to open a francophone zone in their library.
B. To adapt pedagogical resources to school needs
One of the major challenges teachers in bilingual programs face, regardless of their pedagogical approach, is the availability of resources in French that are adapted to American curricula.
It is also important to note that it will be a priority to develop and update digital resources at a time when teaching resources are rapidly diversifying, and tools such as tablets and interactive whiteboards are occupying an increasingly important role in the classroom. The French Embassy continues to work with the French Ministry of Education to make online pedagogical resources available in the U.S.
C. To provide professional development resources
Professional development for teachers is an essential factor for the enduring success of these programs. Targeted training allows teachers to not only reflect on their classroom experiences, but also to stay updated on trends in the field.
Each summer, ten American teachers will be selected to participate in trainings in France and in the United States. The Centre de Linguistique Appliquée, CLA, based at the Univer¬sité de Franche-Comté hosts training sessions in teaching French as a foreign language that will focus on bilingual teaching methods. CARLA, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition housed at the University of Minnesota, hosts Summer Institutes for teachers.
D. To support bilingual program school administrators
The final element of support provided for the network of French bilingual schools in the U.S. relates to the training of school administrators (heads of bilingual tracks and school directors).
The success of this educational model rests not only on the professional engagement of teachers, parents, and students, but also on the dedication of school administrators.
. This support is facilitated in part by Label FrancEducation, which organizes a bi-annual seminar in Paris for school directors aimed at identifying and exchanging best practices.
. Every other year, specific workshops will be offered as part of the International Con¬ference on Bilingual Education, organized by CARLA at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, in alternate years, a national meeting will be organized by the Educa¬tional Affairs Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.