Regional Meetings and Face to Face Training, CLN Launches Microlearning Feature on the CALP Portal and more...
Meet the CLN Board: Lil Radley
When I started in Read On, the adult literacy program at Lethbridge Public Library, I knew that this was the job for me! Working in adult literacy is all about learning, helping others to learn, and engaging with people. It continues to be so. Dr. Seuss said it all, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
I’m now on another learning journey going to new places as a member of the CLN board. Joining the CLN board last fall has provided me with new experiences, opportunities to meet new people, and to keep learning. If I can help you, please let me know!
Lil Radley, Director CLN Board
Lil is the Literacy Services Coordinator at the Lethbridge Public Library.
The Community Learning Network is excited to host a series of Regional Meetings and face-to-face training on the CALP Portal this spring. These meetings will be a great opportunity for Community Adult Learning Programs and our system partners and stakeholders to come together for collaborative learning, professional development and networking.
Be sure to log in to your CALP Portal account and go to the Events tab for more details, and to RSVP.
Please note: If you are unsure which meeting or training to attend, please contact your Regional Support Staff.
The deadline to RSVP is two weeks prior to each event. Log in to your Portal account to confirm that you will be attending.
CLN Launches Microlearning Feature on the CALP Portal
Microlearning is an innovative way to quickly acquire new skills and knowledge, at your own pace and in your own time. Any topic can be stripped down to the core essential components, and organized into bite-sized pieces that allow for self-directed learning and rapid real world application. The goal is to deliver the critical 20% of available information on a topic that will give you 80% of the quick-win results.
Microlearning is designed to be easy to digest and to deliver new learnings that you can start using right away.
We’re excited to introduce you to our first microlearning workshop, which has been developed specifically to support the Community Adult Learning Program. This workshop will explore Outcomes-based Measurement and Evaluation, in the context of the CALP grant, and will provide you with tools, tips and resources to report on the work you do.
The first microlearning workshop CLN has developed is designed to support CALP staff and practitioners in Alberta to better understand the Outcomes-based Measurement and Evaluation Framework that is part of the Community Adult Learning Program Guidelines. The workshop was developed through a process of interviews with CALP staff in the field, consultation with subject matter experts and research on promising practices related to Outcomes-based Measurement and Evaluation. We are grateful to the CALP practitioners, Government of Alberta representatives and other system stakeholders who have contributed to the creation of this workshop in order to ensure that it is relevant and practical to you.
Throughout the workshop, you will find plain language definitions of some key terms, tools and templates you can adapt to use for data collection in your organization and three original videos, providing great overviews of the what and why and how of Outcomes-based Measurement and Evaluation in the context of the Community Adult Learning Program. Here's a quick taste of what you will find under the e-Learning tab in your "My Portal" account!
In the coming year, we look forward to launching four additional workshops to support you in the important role you play in our communities!
Registration Now Open for the Training Institute
The focus of the Training Institute is to provide certificate training for Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) staff. We offer both standard models and advanced training, in a one-stop-shop, so practitioners can fill their schedules during the week with a combination of required trainings.
Dates: Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 6, 2016 Location: Deerfoot Inn, 1000, 11500 – 35 Street SE, Calgary, AB
Introduction to Family Literacy (pre-requisite training)
Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (Pilot Session)
Books for Babies
Books Offer Our Kids Success (B.O.O.K.S.)
Literacy and Parenting Skills (LAPS)
Magic Carpet Ride
Rhymes that Bind
Advanced Certificate Training Opportunities
Basic Facilitation Skills
Beyond the Basics – Books for Babies
Beyond the Basics – Rhymes that Bind
Building Blocks for Admin
Starting or Inheriting an ESL Program: Steps to Success
Call for Nominations: Council of the Federation Literacy Awards
The Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Award was established in 2004 by Canada’s Premiers to recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy for each province and territory. Any Alberta organization that demonstrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy for the benefit of learners.
Recognition will include a medallion, certificate, formal presentation at the annual Literacy & Learning Symposium, and public promotion on Advanced Education and the Council of the Federation Secretariat’s websites.
The 2015 winner of this award was Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association (TDCALA). Working collaboratively with community partners, the Association offers 36 community-based programs and projects that use a holistic approach to service delivery in areas including settlement and integration, literacy and language training, employment support and bridging programs, civic engagement and community development. To learn more about TDCALA, you can check out their website at http://taberadultlearning.com/.
In 2016 Alberta will present an award to a community organization that demonstrates excellence in providing or developing literacy programs, services, or projects that benefit learners.
Featured Resource: Measurement and Evaluation for the Community Adult Learning Program (recorded webinar)
On February 23rd, Lindsay Manz and Meghan Horosko presented this webinar. After a brief overview of the CALP Logic Model and CALP Outcomes-based Measurement & Evaluation (OME) Framework, staff from Advanced Education walked through the 2015/16 CALP Measurement and Evaluation Guide. This Guide is intended to be a comprehensive tool to help CALP-funded organizations better understand the “Why?” and “How?” of collecting CALP outcomes measures.
We know a number of CALPs were unable to attend, so we are happy to make the recording available to you as a featured resource on your "My Portal" dashboard (CALP Portal login required).
CALP Portal Pro Tip: Save Your Search
Sometimes you search for Resources, and love the results you find on the CALP Portal so much that you want to be able to come back later to the same list of results. Now you can! Every time you do a search, you will see a button above the list of matched results that will let you save the search.
You can give the list a name that makes sense to you, and next time you log back in, simply click on your “saved search”.
This is just one of the many new features and improvements we've made to the CALP Portal over the past few months, thanks to your thoughtful feedback and input!
Webinar March 16th: First strategic Thinking... Then Strategic Planning
In this session you will explore the importance of strategic thinking and what it means to be truly “strategic” before you begin the typical planning process. You will also come away with tips on how to build ownership and commitment, resulting in a plan that is closely followed, versus one that collects dust!
Please note the change of date for this webinar.
Date: March 16th, 2016
Time: 11:30 - 1:30
The Community Learning Network is proud to continue our long-standing collaboration with Alberta Culture and Tourism to be able to bring this learning opportunity to the CALP community at no cost.
Registration is open now, under the Events tab on the Portal!