New CALP Basics e-Learning Now on Portal, New Workshops coming in 2021 and more...
“There is divine beauty in learning…To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps.” ~ Elie Wiesel
I had other plans and ideas of how I wanted to grow after I finished my upgrading and none of those involved becoming a teacher. I always loved helping people with their life and learning goals and didn’t realize that was what CALPs provide for communities. In fact, I wasn’t even aware of what a CALP was. I was strongly encouraged to drop a resume off to Deena at Hinton Adult Learning in the latter half of 2012 by a former teacher. It took me until January 2013 to build the confidence needed to actually see that what I had to offer was an asset to the community, so I sent a resume off to Deena. At that point in time, I figured my learning journey was over and I was going to work now. I had the requirements to be a tutor and I was satisfied with that for a career. I was in for a grand wake-up though, because as you know, we never stop learning. Lifelong Learning has now become a favorite mantra of mine.
Since joining CALP in 2013, I have pursued many learning opportunities as they arise. I have become an experienced staff member due to my love of learning of everything adult learning related. So when I joined the CLN family as a Board member in September this year, I felt I was ready to rise to the challenge. I know I am going to learn immensely from my fellow knowledgeable Board members.
Attending my first hybrid Board meeting, I sat in awe at how intelligent and unruffled each of these wonderful board members present themselves. Each member brings with them unique life experience and a love of learning. The safe space for the meeting was created naturally with no judgment or arguing over differences with opinions. The professionalism displayed from each member really represents how dedicated our team is to adult learning communities around Alberta. I am motivated by this board and am thrilled to be able to work alongside and learn from each of them during my term.
A little holiday wish to each of you:
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most." ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton
May each of you receive that light of love during the season and beyond.
Stephanie Brown Essential Skills Coach, Hinton Adult Learning CLN Board Director
We have just published a brand new e-Learning - CALP Basics.
As a reminder, the CALP Portal Microlearnings take a topic and organize it into bite-sized chunks that provide CALP staff with the core essential components. Examples include Outcomes-based Measurement and Evaluation for the Community Adult Learning Program and CALP Financial Management. Each of these Microlearnings encourage self-directed learning and rapid real world application.
The new CALP Basics e-Learning focuses on specific content of the CALP Guidelines:
Literacy and Foundational Learning
As you work through this e-Learning you will meet Cal P. Our own Val Rathjen (East-Central RSS) breathed life into the definition of adult foundational learner provided by the CALP Guidelines. Cal P. serves as a visual reminder that Community Adult Learning Programs truly are learner-centered.
To view all e-Learnings posted on the Portal, you must log in and then click on the e-Learning tab on the top. If you do not have a Portal account please go to https://calp.ca/user/request.
New Workshops coming in 2021
CLN is pleased to welcome back Terri Peters, tlp Training, for a series of workshops focused on adult literacy learners. Click on the training title to go to registration page.
The best literacy instructional strategies focus on both meaning and print.
During the workshop, you will practice tried and true techniques from your literacy library resources: Answers May Vary Guidebook, Creating Learning Partners, Rising to the Reading Challenges of Adult Learners: Practitioner’s Toolkit, etc.
Then we will combine these literacy instructional strategies with effective facilitation techniques that work face-to-face and online.
This wraparound approach means you will meet learners’ literacy needs and enhance your instructional practice. Now that’s a win-win.
Thursday, February 11th - 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Upcoming Trainings and Connections Cafes
Register for the following upcoming Trainings and Connections Cafes in December and January!! Click on the name of the training to get to the registration page directly.
Regional Connection Cafes
Grab a coffee, bring a question, share a success or challenge, stay for five minutes or settle in for all ninety. These monthly Connections Cafes are an opportunity for you to connect with CALP staff in your region.
ICYMI: Chance to win a $500.00 gift card for your organization – CLN Training Evaluation Surveys
Last week, CLN sent out an email to everyone who registered in our training and PD events between March and June of 2020.
As many of you know, CLN is funded by the Government of Alberta to provide free and subsidized professional development opportunities to the CALP system. As part of our funding agreement with Alberta Advanced Education, we are required to report on the impact and outcomes of the PD opportunities we provide to the system, in alignment with the CALP PD System Logic Model.
As part of this evaluation process, we ask participants who attend our training events to complete evaluation forms at the end of a training event, which provide us with immediate outcomes information.
Three times a year, we send out a follow-up survey, where we collect intermediate outcomes evaluation data, where we ask you to give feedback on whether you have integrated PD learnings into your CALP practice, and whether the PD has helped increase your confidence in your role.
These surveys take less than two minutes to complete.
This spring, as we “pivoted” to more online PD opportunities in the face of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a large decrease in the number of evaluations we usually collect at face-to-face training events.
And we get it! Filling out surveys was not at the top of anyone’s priority list in the early months of the pandemic response.
However, as we move forward in the “new normal”, CLN must still be accountable for our grant activities, and that means we need to hear from you! This is why, when you register for a CLN training event, we ask you to commit to participating in the evaluation process.
We ask that you complete our brief survey for each CLN PD opportunity you participated in this spring between March and June of 2020. The trainings have been broken into groups, to keep the surveys manageable, so you may have received up to 3 survey links from Odette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not sure which trainings you attended, you can go to the "My Learning Plan and Training History" menu under the Training and Events tab on the Portal to see your registrations:
The deadline to fill out the survey(s) and be entered to win $500.00 from Staples has been extended to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 2nd.
If you did not see the email(s) in your inbox, with the links to the surveys, please check your junk/spam folder. If you still can’t find the links, and would like to complete the survey(s), please email Odette directly at email@example.com and let her know which training(s) you attended so she can send you the correct survey link(s).
This Month's Spotlight
This month’s Spotlight highlights a brand new resource developed for CALP staff by CALP staff (carya, Calgary) with the support of the PD Development Grant. The Gathering to Learn Field Guide is a practical and relevant resource that highlights the knowledge gained through the research process and points to helpful strategies and resources for each stage of the learning pathway.
You can find it on the CALP Portal so you can take a look before you receive your copy in the mail soon!
The project examined four key stages of a learning pathway:
What’s involved in finding a learning opportunity.
Understanding what attracts potential learners to it.
Unpacking the elements of becoming engaged in learning.
Examining the key ingredients of retaining them.
Key highlights from the Gathering to Learn project include:
How we gather matters
Relationship opens doors and is the pathway to all other doors
Learning together changes the way we see things and the way we see ourselves
Risk and courage are present in each stage of the learning pathway
In 2018, the Gathering to Learn team could not have imagined how very timely this resource would be as the provincial system works even harder to find, attract, engage and retain adult foundational learners in the midst of a global pandemic.
*This Month's Spotlight is a new feature in CALP Connections highlighting monthly news, interesting facts or timely happenings in the world of adult literacy from Alberta or around the world. If you have something to submit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header This Month's Spotlight.
Season's Greetings from CLN
We know that this year will be a different holiday season than previous years, with limits on family gatherings and little to no travel, but we hope that you are able to take this time to reflect on the past year and are able to to focus on all that you are grateful for.
On behalf of the CLN Board and Staff we hope that you all have a joyous and rejuvenating holiday. We look forward to reconnecting with you in 2021!
Please note the CLN office will be closed from Thursday, December 24th, 2020 to Friday, January 1st, 2021.
Quote of the Day
"Each day brings new life, new strength, new dreams and new hope. May you find courage, confidence and hope to reach out for your dreams."
– Lailah Gifty Akita
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