Behind the Scenes: Planning the 2016 Provincial PD Events

Pat Halewich, Centre for Family Literacy

1 1 21 January 2016

As the New Year begins so does the event planning for our two key Provincial PD Events. Our priorities for both events include foundational learning, adult literacy, English language learning, basic computer skills, numeracy and other essential skills, and family literacy. We hope to have various presenters from across Alberta and Canada.

A lot of thought and careful planning goes into building the event programs to meet the PD needs of CALP staff and we take each of the following into consideration:

  • Evaluation of past events
  • Practitioner recommendations
  • Regional Asset Mapping
  • Awareness of current trends
  • New initiatives in field
  • Research projects
  • Suggestions from the CALP Professional Development Advisory Committee

The focus of the Training Institute is certificate training, therefore we try to offer standard models and advanced training in a one-stop-shop so that practitioners can fill their schedules during the week-long event with a combination of required trainings.

The focus of the Literacy & Learning Symposium is a variety of professional development opportunities from required certificate training to professional and personal development. Each year our Symposium Planning Committee oversees the planning of the Symposium from beginning to end and is responsible for development of the extensive program. Thank you to this year’s Symposium Planning Committee members in advance for your direction, insight and recommendations:

Jonna Grad, Executive Director, Centre for Family Literacy
Lisa Dickner, Executive Director, Community Learning Network
Lindsay Manz, Manager, Alberta Advanced Education
Odette Lloyd, Communications Specialist, Community Learning Network
Pat Halewich, Event Coordinator, Centre for Family Literacy

Both events are coordinated with the intent to meet the provincial professional development needs of CALP staff with a range of learning opportunities for new and experienced practitioners.

CLICK HERE for a handy one-page summary of both events, and what kinds of training and PD will be available at each one.


How You Can Help

We are currently seeking two inspiring Symposium keynote presenters. Please send any suggestions that you may have. A recommendation from someone who has heard a keynote firsthand is always appreciated! We value your input and are happy to hear from you.

And please check out the Symposium Call for Presenters recently added to the CALP Portal. We are eager to showcase the expertise and wisdom that exists within our system and we invite CALP organizations to share your experience and submit a proposal. Please also help spread the word and share the Symposium Call for Presenters with your networks and colleagues.

We will keep you posted through the CALP Portal as to how we are progressing with event planning. As always, we hope to provide two not-to-be-missed provincial PD events in 2016 and we hope that you will plan to attend!

For provincial PD event inquiries, please contact:

Pat Halewich, Event Coordinator
Centre for Family Literacy


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