Posted:24 January 2018
Author: Odette Lloyd, Community Learning Network
Found in: CALP Training
As many of you know, the Community Learning Network staff includes some of us based at the provincial office in Edmonton, while the rest of our team works remotely from different locations around the province. Throughout the year, we keep in touch through regular online staff meetings, phone calls and email. Last week, however, CLN staff were joined by the Professional Development Specialists from ECALA and Calgary Learns, and the CALP team from Advanced Education for a series of meetings, connecting and building community of practice.
On Wednesday, we focused on cross-training, sharing and communities of practice. First off, Rebecca Still, RSS for West-Central, walked us through an activity she has developed to help CALPs understand how their programming fits into the Literacy and Foundational Learning categories for the CALP grant (pictured here). Terri Peters, Professional Development Specialist for Calgary Learns, walked us through an activity to help us build our facilitation skills using differentiated learning strategies. Differentiated learning as a technique allows you to give learners lots of options to suit different learning styles and levels of comfort with content. Next up, Emily Robinson Leclair, RSS for the South, shared about the small study groups that have been taking place in that region. The study groups have been a combination of face-to-face and online learning, focussed on “Adults as Learners”. To round out our sharing, Cheryl Lovstrom, RSS for Central, also gave us an update on the learnings CLN trainers have gained through the pilot and early delivery stages of A.L.L. in Family Literacy.
In the afternoon, we were joined by Advanced Education to discuss upcoming changes to the CALP Logic Model, and implications the proposed changes would have for the system. We talked about what the anticipated training and support needs will be for the CALP system, when the renewed Logic Model, CALP application and CALP report forms are released.
On Thursday, CLN staff discussed upcoming trainings, spring regional meetings, and Symposium planning. We’ve had great input to the Symposium program from a broad range of partners this year, and are planning some changes to the conference format, based on your feedback. I think you’ll like what you see when registration opens in March.
Then on Friday morning, the CLN staff and board had a morning of joint meetings. We started out the morning by providing an opportunity for staff and board members to get to know each other a little bit better. We each shared a little about our own learning journeys, and how each of us came to be involved in CALP.
One of the highlights of the morning was a presentation from Lori St. Cyr, CLN’s Indigenous Liaison and the newest member of our staff. Lori shared with us about the history of the Metis in Canada, in Alberta, and even her own family.
Taking this time together, connecting with our partners and spending time with the team from Advanced Education was definitely time well spent. Team CLN is excited and ready for the busy spring ahead!