Literacy & Learning Symposium 2021 (Virtual) Launch - Register Now!

Pat Halewich, Community Learning Network

1 0 18 May 2021

The Community Learning Network (CLN) is excited to launch online registration for our second virtual (online) Literacy & Learning Symposium and registration is now live at:

When? Tuesday, September 28 – Friday October 1, 2021

Where? Online

What’s on the Symposium 2021 Agenda?

Professional development and training for CALPs including:

  • Opening & Closing Keynote Presentations
  • *New – Let’s Connect Lounges (interest-related topics)
  • (16) Breakout Sessions to select from
  • *New Energizer Presentation
  • *New Meet-the-Author Sessions (join a Book Club in June and meet the author for a Q&A at Symposium)
  • Meet-the-Expert Sessions

Featuring What’s New at Symposium 2021

Symposium Theme and Image

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A little more whimsical than in past years…and our keynotes will bring us light and uplifting messages, hope for the future, building community, and messages of resilience in sense of moving forward.


Let’s Connect Lounges (Interest-related topics):

  • All Creatures Great & Small
  • Creative Corner
  • Get Your Groove On
  • Mind, Body & Soul
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Places We Will Go
  • What are you binging?

Breakout Session Topic Threads include:

  • Mental Health & Trauma-Informed Learning
  • Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL) - Skills for Learning
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces
  • English Language Learning & Newcomer Supports
  • Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills, Instructional Strategies
  • Learning Disabilities, Learner Support Services
  • Learner-centered assessment
  • Indigenous Learning and Learners
  • Board Development

Keynote Presenters:

  • Opening Keynote: Back by popular demand, Alexandra Samuel
    Topic: Learning to love remote learning
  • Closing Keynote: Dr. Rumeet Billan
    Topic: Redefining Resilience

Energizer Presenter:

  • Melanie Levenberg
    Get ready to experience a movement break like no other! Melanie Levenberg is here to energize your body and inspire you to infuse more playfulness and fun into your everyday life. Let’s roll with it!

Meet-the-Author Sessions:

Readers often have questions about a narrative or the author of a book they just spent a few weeks reading, but rarely do they get the opportunity to ask them. This session will give readers and authors an opportunity to interact and to share their love of books!

Choose one of our pre-selected books and join a Book Club in June, read the book during the summer, and then attend a Book Club with your peers in early September to talk about the book, and finally attend the Meet-the-Author session to meet the author of the book you chose.

Authors will facilitate sessions and will answer some of the questions you’ve always wanted to know, such as:              

  • How would you describe yourself as an Author?
  • In which genre do you write?
  • What inspired you to write the Book Club book?
  • Where do you like to write?
  • What is your favorite time of day to write and why?
  • Are you a ‘plotter’ or do you start writing without much prior preparation?
  • What is the most enjoyable thing you’ve found through writing?
  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve done or experienced to help create a scene or plot?
  • What other publications do you have?
  • Tell us about your most recent book.
  • What are you currently working on?

Authors will get a chance to share insider info about their books, and engage in lively discussions with the audience during a Q & A session (with a Chat Moderator from our team). Everyone is welcome. Let the conversation begin!

Authors include:

  • Richard Van Camp
    Book: Gather
  • George Couros
    Book: The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
  • Timothy Caulfield
    Book:  Relax, Dammit! A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety

Exploring the Virtual Event and a *New Hub & Spoke Model

At this year’s virtual Symposium we will be exploring a new model for virtual and in-person engagement called the “Hub & Spoke” model:

 Hub and Spoke

The basic elements are:

  • Hub – We will again be working with a video production company, Encore Canada, and we will be livestreaming from their studio in Edmonton. This will be the main “hub” (center stage) and will be the home base to some of the presenters; content comes from the “hub”.
  • Virtual Event Platform – Chime Live We will again be using Chime Live, which combines high quality video streaming in an attendee platform to deliver engaging events online. Chime Live has attendee networking and engagement features and brings remote presenters and attendees together in an interactive format.
  • Spokes – We will be asking CALPs if they would like to host and/or attend some in-person satellite locations and in the form of micro-communities/micro-events. Attendees can gather as a group with one or more CALPs or as a single CALP to form a “spoke”. A minimum of 6 people can be considered a “spoke”.
  • Individual Attendees - Can join individually on the Chime Live virtual event platform and/or join virtual breakout rooms at scheduled times; Q & A and chat options will also be available
  • Virtual bridges will connect the “hubs”, “spokes” and “individuals”
  • Hosts will bring “hubs”, “spokes” and “individuals” together and interpret key takeaways and distribute to audience members
  • Timed breaks in the program will allow “spokes” to have conversations off-line – Spoke Facilitators at each “spoke” will take discussions to a new level

Note: Look for more info about becoming and/or joining a spoke coming in June!

Come join us to learn and connect at Literacy & Learning Symposium 2021 (Virtual)!

For more information, please contact:
Pat Halewich
PD & Events Specialist (Symposium Event Lead)
Community Learning Network


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