Can you introduce Réseau Canopé?
Réseau Canopé is an operator of the Ministry of National Education, whose mission has evolved significantly over the last few decades. In the past it was about publishing educational resources for teachers. Our facility was of course heavily influenced by the mass adoption of transmedia and the digital revolution.
In March 2020, 15 days before confinement, I was appointed General Manager to lead a major transformation of Réseau Canopé into a provider of continuing education for teachers and in particular their training in and through digital technology. Recent events have allowed us to launch these new missions very quickly with the launch of Canotech, May 1sttime Platform of free online resources that has been a real hit with teachers.
The other function, as our name suggests, is the network. Réseau Canopé consists of a headquarters and offices in all departments: the Ateliers Canopé. These are local places for teachers to continue their education but also have access to a certain number of educational resources, advice and support to carry out their projects or develop their professional skills.
This autumn, the Réseau Canopé site offers an offer specially designed for new teachers.
We wanted to fully fulfill our mission of supporting and educating teachers for life. We have proposed to the Ministry and DGESCO to support the academic units hosting these new teachers by offering training, resources and online support: A web space for new teachers – Canopé Network ( reseau-canope.fr)
We developed this offer to respond very quickly to a rather specific issue this fall, namely tensions in teacher recruitment and a significant arrival of new teachers and contract workers at certain academies.
Therefore, it seemed interesting to us to propose, to support the training they receive in the academies, a practical offer that includes both advice on how to get started and short webinars of one or two hours with colleagues, in which they answer all their questions to a moderator can ask on a specific topic. For example, an online training webinar to organize a back-to-school meeting.
We also have a section on class management, class climate issues, benevolence, authority… And for the third part of our offer, we are interested in what, in popular education jargon, we call academic heterogeneity. The goal is to know how to respond to student diversity, for example, if you have a student with a disability in your class, if you have students with difficulties, etc. Inclusion is a pedagogical focus.
This offer is accessible online at national level and depending on the availability of teachers; it is completed in our workshops on the territory with personal training.
Can you give some examples of the resources that can be found there?
For example, we have a “7 tips for a good start to the school year” section. In future online training courses, we will also have “The Teacher’s Folder”, a training offer to quickly take over a class, integrate into the team of a new institution or get to know your workplace. You can also find benchmarks to succeed in your first few classes in college and high school.
More than 9,000 teachers have already attended this training room; 17 webinars are open with strong interest in, in order:
- the organization of back-to-school meetings with parents for successful co-education
- create the framework conditions for a good start in teaching
- the first steps in cycle 1
- the first steps in the profession
Will there be a back-to-school offer for all teachers?
Foster everyone’s success and fight school failure remains both a ministerial priority for this 2022 school year and a major theme for Réseau Canopé. You can also find webinars, class reports, testimonials and podcasts on this topic on our different platforms: CanoTech, online training site, [email protected]ère, self-learning platform, Extra class, podcast site and on the network -canope.fr
A series of books are also designed to help you live well at school: classroom management, educational relationships, needs of early school leavers, teaching worldly values, etc. The Canopé book series, entitled Living Well at School, combines both innovative hands-on experiences and current theoretical reflections and responds to the current concerns of the educational community.
Finally, I would like to insist on a highlight about the values of the Republic, since teaching Republican values is one of the foundations of education. With the Dgesco, we have designed a dedicated space where we offer keys to understanding the issues, tools, and training suggestions to share and bring Republican principles to life in the classroom. Specifically, we support teachers with a special offering of webinars and dedicated resources that will continue over time leading up to the Day of Secularism commemorating the assassination of Samuel Paty.
In November, December and January we will propose an evolution of our training offering for the challenges of ecological transition.