Literacy & Learning Symposium 2020 Launch - Register Now!

Posted: 2 March 2020

Author: Pat Halewich, Community Learning Network

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The Community Learning Network (CLN) is excited to launch online registration for the annual Literacy & Learning Symposium now live at:

Here are the Key Elements of Symposium 2020 and what you can look forward to seeing and being part of:

When? Tuesday, September 29 – Friday October 2, 2020

Where? DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton, 16615 - 109 Avenue NW, Edmonton

What’s on the Symposium 2020 Agenda?

Professional development and training for CALPs including:

  • Opening & Closing Keynote Presentations
  • *New - The Learning Lounge – Who’s Your Crew? Sessions
  • Regional Connection Sessions
  • (1) Two-day, (7) Full-day, (10) Half-day and (16) 80-90-minute Breakout Sessions to select from
  • Meet-the-Expert Sessions
  • Fireside Chat Room (see description below)

What’s new at Symposium 2020?

1) *New Symposium Theme and ImageLLS logo 2020

CLN developed a new Symposium design and image around the theme: “Lenses on Learning” for Symposium Participants.

What’s in our sights? Let’s try to look and see beyond! As CALPs, we know that there are many lenses through which we and our learners look at and see the world around us. Let’s explore and focus with some new “Lenses on Learning”!

We encourage you to join us to reflect on…

  • 20/20 vision – seeing clearer
  • focusing / re-focusing
  • magnifying new and different perspectives
  • looking to demystify adult learning

 2) *New The Learning Lounge – Who’s Your Crew

The Learning Lounge is a chance for you to do some informal, guided connecting and networking with like-minded people. Each room will focus on a specific group that you can personally relate to.

Who’s your crew for connecting and networking? Are you…

  • The Knowledge Keepers
    • Come spend some time with Elders from the community. Listen to the knowledge they are generously sharing with us, to help the CALP system build a stronger understanding of Indigenous and Metis ways of knowing and being, to better support Metis and Indigenous learners.
  • The Adventure Seekers
    • You know who you are! You are always looking for new programming ideas, and are willing to try something and see what happens. Join other CALP staff to talk about tried and true programs, and new ideas they are trying or developing.
  • The Bookworms
    • Come talk about your favourite resources. What are you reading or using for your own professional development? What tools, texts and tactics are most popular with the foundational learners in your programs?
  • The Creatives
    • Community partnerships are key to successful CALPs. And you might have partners in your community you just haven’t met yet. Come chat about innovative partnerships and collaborations that support CALP and community.
  • The Entrepreneurs
    • Are you exploring ways to find new funding sources in your community, your region, provincially or even federally? Thinking about tapping new markets or expanding your programming? Come learn and share about the opportunities for CALPs out there! 
  • The Freshmen
    • If you are new in your role with CALP, or this is your first Symposium, stop by to meet some other Freshmen, build connections, and lean on CLN Regional Support Staff to help you with any question(s) you have.
  • The Warriors
    • Have you been working in the CALP system for a while now? You’ve probably seen it all! Come chat with your colleagues about what you have learned along the way, share your secrets to success, and things you wish you had known when…

 3) *New Keynote Presenters

This year we are very pleased to bring you two keynote presenters, who will encourage us to explore and focus through a “diversity lens” and a “digital lens”.

Opening Keynote:

50 Shades of Beige: Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage

For fifteen years Tina Varughese worked with immigrants in her roles with the Province of Alberta’s immigration office as well as running her own successful relocation and settlement firm. She has been profiled in Alberta Venture Magazine as well as the Calgary Herald and is a contributing writer for the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, Calgary Real Estate News, and Home to Home magazine. In 2018 she was named one of Canada’s 10 Notable Speakers in Ignite Magazine. She is the President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Calgary) chapter.

Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask the questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask. Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. With two kids, five fish and one husband, she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.

Closing Keynote:

A new lens on digital literacy: Essential skills for lifelong learners

Alexandra Samuel is an independent data journalist and technology writer, and the author of Work Smarter with Social Media from the Harvard Business Review Press. She is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, the CBC, JSTOR Daily and The Harvard Business Review.

What are we doing again at Symposium 2020?

1) Community Connections Showcase

Again this year, we’re inviting a range of organizations to participate in the showcase, to profile their organizations and services to help you make community referrals and connections. You’re invited to stop by their exhibitor booths to learn more.

2) Symposium Planning Tools

Check out the Tab on the Symposium website:

Again this year, CLN has prepared tools to help delegates better navigate beforehand and while at Symposium:

  • Symposium Tipsheet (for advance planning) – Things to know when planning to attend Symposium 2020! This is ready and waiting for you. 
  • Symposium Attendee Survival Guide (on-site information – look for it in September!) – Things to know to help make Symposium 2020 a great experience!

3) Fireside Chat Room

Again this year, CLN is providing a unique element to add to your peer-to-peer networking opportunities. While at Symposium if you are looking for a quiet and informal place to connect, share and learn from one another, but do not want to leave it to chance, come to the Fireside Chat room in the SilverBirch Conference Centre – Room #4. This living room format meeting place is a flexible space where you can engage in purposeful networking in a cozy, private nook. The Fireside Chat room will be open throughout the Symposium.

4) Event App

Again this year, CLN is developing a Custom Branded App. In September you will be invited to download our event app, which will provide all the information, activities and entertainment that you as an attendee need for a great event experience. Our customized app will have personal agendas, schedules, maps, and new and exciting ways to connect with other attendees and more. Once ready, you will need to search for the Symposium app in your respective app store and then download it!

Come join us to learn and connect at
Literacy & Learning Symposium 2020!

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Symposium 2019 - Carya Calgary staff - CALP PD Project - Gathering to Learn

For more information, please contact:

Pat Halewich
Events Specialist (Symposium Event Lead)
Community Learning Network


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