Maureen Smith’s career experiences extend from classroom teacher, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Education, Western University to Bilingual Program Officer at the Ontario College of Teachers which accredits university teacher education programs across Ontario. She has served on the board of directors and as President of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers Association (OMLTA), as a member of the research consortium for the Association Canadienne des professeurs d’Immersion (ACPI) and currently holds a position on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT).
Smith, in addition to the required university education degrees for teaching in elementary and secondary schools in Ontario, holds a Master of Education degree (Educational Policy) and a specialization credential for teaching French as a Second Language for both French Core and French Immersion. Her research includes a comparative study of the implementation of second language school models in both a centralized and de-centralized educational structure. Since 2005, she has focused on the implementation of the Common European Framework Referential for languages (CEFR), most particularly, as a DELF/DALF centre Director and teacher trainer and as researcher exploring the CEFR’s practical application in schools. She has been involved in several Ontario Ministry of Education projects (practical and research) for improving student plurilingual learner outcomes in Ontario schools. Maureen is fluent in English, French and Spanish.