During this webinar, Kim and Natalie will share a variety of strategies and tools that educators (and parents) can implement both at home and in school to support students enrolled in French as a Second Language programming. We will discuss the importance of creating a systematic, explicit, cumulative and multi-sensory literacy program in French while offering science based ideas and resources that can be implemented and incorporated into your current literacy program. We want you to have the tools necessary to support all learners in your classroom so that they can achieve success in reading, writing and spelling.
Kim Lockhart is a French Immersion, elementary Student Support Teacher (SST) with the Limestone District School Board in Kingston, Ontario. She graduated from Trent-Queen’s Concurrent Education Program in 2000, with a double major in French and Biology. In 2015, Kim earned her Master of Education degree from Queen’s University. She focused her research on evidence-based instructional practices that support students with reading difficulties in French Immersion Programs and developed a resource for parents: “Supporting and Inspiring Your Child with Reading Difficulties in the French Immersion Program”. In 2020, Kim received her Associate level, Orton-Gillingham certificate, and most recently, worked with the International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch to facilitate workshops for educators and parents of dyslexic children across Ontario. Kim volunteers her time with the Learning Disability Association of Kingston (LDAK) and is a strong advocate for parents of students
Natalie George is a french immersion educator with the Limestone District School Board. Natalie graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor in Child and Youth Studies in 2004 and a Bachelor of Education in 2005. Natalie received her Orton Gillingham associate training in 2018 from Fundamental Learning in Toronto, Ontario and is currently enrolled in a Multisensory Math Training with The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Centre in Rockville, MD. Natalie is a consultant with Dyslexia Canada where she works to advocate for children and families with dyslexia across Canada. Natalie has received her FSL Specialist and Special Education AQs and is registered with the Ontario College of Teachers. Natalie volunteers her time as a board member with Youth Diversion – a local non-profit supporting at-risk youth and is a volunteer mentor with the Rise – a charity that provides people with a history of mental health or addictions a path forward toward sustained self-employment.