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ILEA Winter Working Forum 2020

Greetings to all Institutional Members of ILEA!

The Winter Forum is almost upon us!!

We will once again focus on a few topics of interest for ILEA members to work on/discuss/plan action on. The Winter Forum tends to be focused on less items but more work time and group discussions than the Fall and Spring Forums.

Please see the agenda below. The meeting will be from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Friday February 28th, 2020. We are so very happy that the administration of the Peel District School Board has asked to host ILEA for this session and will be providing a working lunch for us all to enjoy. A big thank you to Mark Botnick and his school district who is coordinating the day!

The location information for February 28 is:

Room 123 at:

Adult Education Centre – South

100 Elm Drive West

Mississauga, Ontario | L5B 1L9

  1. 905-890-1010 | ext. 6635

Please email ILEA Exec and our host Mark Botnick to confirm attendance and any dietary requirements:


2020 Institutional Memberships are now due ($75 CAD per lead of language programs in your department/school/district). As PayPal is currently down online, you can send us a list of names with email addresses from your departments and we will be able to send you an invoice for your 2020 fees.


  1. Welcome and Introductions (Networking Coffee and Refreshments);
  1. Profile of the programs of the Peel District School Board’s programs (ILEA Winter Forum host);
  1. Updates, Information Items and Orientation to the Winter Working Sessions for 2020

 ILEA members will pick two of the three sessions as is the style of the Winter Working Forum. There will be two sessions offered. At the end of the sessions, we will come together and summarize, discuss and plan actions for the association. 

A. Session:  PD Needs for Language Educators

This session will review the key needs for professional development that is being felt across Ontario school boards in IIL but as well as other language programs. This session will give participants more time to determine the needs and share best practices for the provision of PD. In addition, participants will be asked to assist in ILEA advocacy efforts to secure grant sessions for IIL-E programs which are currently excluded from other grantable sessions under the Ministry.

B. Session:  Community Relations

Participants will have a chance to review, discuss and share strategies for building good community relations with programs that are both local and global. This will give ILEA a chance to also determine a set of guidelines that school systems need to consider when partnering with community associations, embassies/consulates, parent groups, international schools or education bodies.

C. Session: Sharing Administrative Practices 

(bring guidelines, procedures, staff handbooks and develop a list of key items that all school boards should know when running an I/IL-E/S program);

  1. Working Lunch;
  1. Summary of Group Work;
  2. Information for Next Meeting (Spring Forum) that will be hosted by the Wellington Catholic District School Board (thanks Lilliana!).

Look ahead and save the date for Spring Forum – Kitchener, June 1, 2020!! Topics: Curriculum Development; Language Alliances with Partner Organizations;

Luca Buiani


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