Join former YRDSB French consultant and current FSL author Cathy Stanley — and award-winning FSL Superstar Gregg LeRock! — as they bring this exciting new nationwide FSL project to life. Sample and download one of ten comprehensive teaching Au Canada project units and experience first-hand the depth and value of a contemporary program that offers the flexibility of both classroom and online learning. Review the extensive teaching packages, available at four levels (Primary F.I., Junior F.I., Core Junior, Core Intermediate); ten expansive units of instructional strategies, student activity sheets, song videos with lyrics; two “Rendez-vous virtuel / Meet the Artist” sessions; and a professionally produced national culminating performance with Gregg LeRock and DJ Daveed. Motivate your students to think critically, engage in spontaneous conversations, connect to real-life situations, reflect on issues of equity, diversity, truth, and reconciliation, mental health and well-being, build confidence in their French language skills and cultivate a love of French music. And meet Gregg for a special guest performance! https://gregglerock.ca/
Lead curriculum author / Born and raised in Montréal, Cathy studied French at McGill University and l’Université de Nice (France) before completing her Master of Education degree at OISE, University of Toronto. As FSL Consultant for York Region DSB, Cathy created and presented professional development workshops at board, provincial and federal levels. She presented for the OMLTA (Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association), L’ACPI (L’Association canadienne des professeurs de l’immersion), ERGO (ESL/ELD Resource Group of Ontario), ETFO (Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario) and The Power of Literacy Through the Arts. Cathy is co-author of Gr. 1-12 AIDS awareness lessons for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, internationally available on the SLF website. More recently, Cathy published a national Core French Grade 8 Teacher’s Guides and Student Activities unit, C’est ma vie, distributed by Les Éditions CEC. She is currently a co-developer of teacher training materials and teacher trainer for the international high school Rosedale Academy. Her work for Le projet national Au Canada combines her passions for supporting teachers and motivating students in bilingual education, learning through the arts, instructional intelligence, supporting spontaneous conversations, critical thinking, and real-life connections.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Lettres françaises faculty, Gregg is an award-winning bilingual educator who has worked in collaboration with the education sector for the past 25 years. He started his education career in French Immersion with the Toronto District School Board. In his work as FSL Superstar ‘Gregg LeRock,’ he has led curriculum-based, multi-school French programs for more than half a million elementary students across Canada, receiving critical acclaim from students, teachers and French consultants. He has received two Juno nominations for his French-language recordings and has written curriculum-based songs and materials for major publishers which are featured in textbooks used by hundreds of thousands of elementary FSL students across Canada.
In addition to teaching songwriting workshops and courses at elementary, high school, college, and university levels, Gregg has led comprehensive, values-based songwriting projects for several school boards, co-writing songs with over 5,000 students, producing 20 full-length CDs, and including over 250 schools. These collaborative projects engaged students in themes of fairness, integrity, equity, well-being and mental health. Gregg’s partnership with York Region middle school students led to the creation and recording of the title song for “Hana’s Suitcase,” CBC Sunday Edition producer Karen Levine’s story that makes the story of the Holocaust accessible to children. The book and song have helped teachers and parents around the world to speak with children about the importance of tolerance and respect. Gregg’s Literacy Through Music: Character Education Songwriting partnership with York Region DSB was awarded the Promising Practices Award by the Character Education Partnership, Washington, DC, and his Literacy and Values Through Music: The Future We Want program with Peel DSB garnered accolades from teachers, administrators, students and their families, and from the Ministry of Education, for its promotion of equity in public education.
Gregg has led workshops and written articles for numerous professional arts and education organizations, including the Canada Council, Ontario Modern Languages Teachers’ Association, Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Contact, Showcase Alberta, the Songwriters’ Association of Canada and Today’s Parent. He has served as a judge for the JUNO Awards and was the featured performer for the Concours d’art oratoire, Canadian Parents For French’s national public speaking contest. Celebrated by CBC Radio as “the best songwriter you ‘never’ heard!,” Gregg has written topical songs for local and national radio programs, and created the Songs in the Key of Canada show which was featured nationally on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe for CBC’s Canada Day broadcasts. He performed an outdoor concert at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan to more than 10,000 Canadian and NATO troops with Blue Rodeo and Newfoundland’s Lori Anna Reid. Gregg’s collaborative charitable projects include the creation of the World Vision ‘WorldSong’ project for Peel DSB and Halton DSB schools, leading the Stephen Lewis Foundation ‘Voices for Africa’ project with York Region DSB schools and working as musical director for Camp Trillium, a year-round camp for kids and families dealing with childhood cancer.