Welcome Back from Team CLN, Notice to Members: CLN's 29th Annual General Meeting and more...
September 8th is International Literacy Day!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner:
“Reading the Past, Writing the Future”
International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
What a wonderful way to kick off our fall – celebrating 50 years of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day!
We have several new CALP staff members starting this month and to each of you – welcome to our network! We’re pleased you are joining our CALP team to support literacy and learning in communities across Alberta. All kinds of training, tools, resources and mentoring are available to you as you start your journey. Keep an eye on the CALP Portal - your virtual connection point to access information and stay connected with your colleagues. Whether this is your first day on the job or 9,251st – we’re here to support you!
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Literacy and Learning Symposium – just 18 more sleeps!
Lisa Dickner Executive Director
Notice to Members: CLN's 29th Annual General Meeting
The Community Learning Network's Board of Directors invites you to join us for our 29th Annual General Meeting at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, September 28th.
Our AGM will once again be hosted in conjunction with the annual Literacy & Learning Symposium, which will take place from September 26th - 30th at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.
Important Information About our AGM
All organizations funded through the Government of Alberta's Community Adult Learning Program are eligible to be member organizations of the Community Learning Network. There are no dues or fees associated with CLN membership.
For your CALP to be considered a Member in Good Standing, your organization must be a funded Community Adult Learning Program as of July 1st, 2016, and must have had a representative complete CLN's membership renewal survey. If you have not yet completed the survey, you can CLICK HERE to submit your CALP's renewal. If you are not sure if the membership renewal has been completed, or you have any additional questions, please contact the CLN at 1-877-485-4926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Each member organization in good standing is entitled to one vote on matters that are put before the membership. Under CLN's bylaws, voting privileges are granted to member organizations, not to individuals.
If more than one person from your CALP will be in attendance, please delegate one person to act on behalf of the organization for the purposes of voting.
Each CALP should receive the AGM package by direct email, sent to the primary contact person we have listed in our membership data. If you have not received this email by the end of today, September 7th, please contact the CLN at email@example.com.
The following documents are also available on the CALP Portal for members to review prior to the Annual General Meeting:
Request for Proposals: CALP Training Program Development
Alberta Advanced Education invests annually in a Professional Development (PD) system to give CALP staff (practitioners, coordinators, facilitators, tutors, and board members) the training, professional development, mentoring, supports, and resources they need to be successful in serving learners with literacy and foundational learning needs.
Last year, Advanced Education convened the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC), to seek advice from partners, who have an interest in the continuum of adult foundational learning, on current and future investments in the CALP PD system. PDAC identified a number of priority areas, where the CALP system would benefit from enhanced training and curriculum, including:
Literacy and Foundational Learning program development
Indigenous learner needs
English Language Learner and newcomer support
Learner Support Services
Board governance and program administration
CLN, working closely with Advanced Education, is pleased to announce this Request for Proposals to develop a ½ - 1 day training program designed to meet the needs of CALP staff in one or more of the Priority Areas.
Proposals must be focused on addressing the professional development needs of CALP staff, and must include a focus on, and demonstrated knowledge of, community-based adult learning.
The RFP process includes two phases. First, interested parties are invited to submit a Concept Paper to the Community Learning Network no later than 12:00 pm (noon) on October 1st, 2016.
Concept Papers will be screened by a review panel to determine if the applicant has met all of the mandatory requirements. Concept Papers not meeting all mandatory requirements will be rejected without further consideration. Concept Papers passing initial screening will be presented to PDAC in a format determined by the review panel to determine priorities. Applicants whose Concept Papers are identified as top priorities will be invited to submit full proposals.
Full proposals will then be accepted by the Community Learning Network until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on December 9, 2016.
For detailed information on this Request for Proposals, please log in to the CALP Portal HERE to download the complete Requests for Proposals for CALP Professional Development Projects. If you have any additional questions, please contact Lisa Dickner, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-877-485-4926.
New Resources for CALPs: Learner Support Services
The new CALP guidelines now refer to Learner Support Services. What are these services? Are you already providing learner supports? Do you need help defining and delivering these services?
A pilot project involving five CALPs and two post-secondary institutions has just developed a “How to Guide for Delivering Learner Support Services” and a “Practitioners' Toolkit” which are downloadable through the CALP Portal. The pilot project team will be presenting at this year's Literacy and Learning Symposium and will be available to answer all of your questions. Learn how five CALP’s increased their working relationship with their CCI, community, and learners through learner support services.
If you are looking for innovative solutions for your learners and ways to create a more vibrant learning environment then these documents are a MUST READ!! Log in to the CALP Portal HERE to access these great new resources.
Literacy & Learning Symposium 2016 - Registration Deadline September 16th
Registration for the 2016 Literacy & Learning Symposium will be closing on Friday, September 16th!
Once again, CLN is working with the Centre for Family Literacy to co-host this annual professional development and networking event. We are sure 2016 is going to be another great event. We're excited that we have already surpassed the number of registrations from 2015, but there is still space available. Make sure you don't miss out!
To register online, and for more information on the program and special events, just click the Symposium 2016 tab on the CALP Portal navigation menu.
CALP Database 2.0 Now Online
Over the last year, CLN has invested in updating the CALP Database in order to support your programs in the collection and management of course and learner data, and to help make rolling up your outcomes-based measurement and evaluation data for the CALP final report a little bit easier.
The newly updated CALP Database is available free of charge to any funded Community Adult Learning Program. If you are interested in learning more about this web-based application, and if it may be a good fit for your organization, you can start by checking out this recorded webinar from June 29th. CALP Database - Overview and Orientation to 2016 Updates.
Odette Lloyd from the CLN office in Edmonton will also be at the Cracker Barrel at the Symposium later this month to answer any questions you may have.
If you are interested in getting access to the CALP Database, please contact us at email@example.com to request a login for your organization.
Quote of the Day
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”