Literacy & Learning Symposium 2020: Call for Presenters

The Literacy & Learning Symposium is an annual province-wide professional development event for Community Adult Learning Program literacy and foundational learning practitioners, partners and other community learning system stakeholders.

We are currently accepting proposals from presenters with knowledge, skills and wisdom to share. Our goal is to create a program that includes a variety of high quality, interactive learning sessions, delivered through creative and innovative methods to engage, strengthen and support the CALP system.

The deadline to submit your proposal is Thursday, December 5th, 2019, no later than 4:30 pm.

We are building a program that will include sessions and presentations from September 29th, 2020 to October 2nd, 2020, between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. The conference program will be a combination of full-day, half-day and 80-90 minute breakout sessions.

Key program threads include:

Literacy and Foundational Learning

  • Adult Literacy
  • Basic Digital Skills
  • English Language Learning
  • Essential Skills
  • Foundational Learners and Learning
  • Foundational Life Skills
  • Numeracy

CALP Programs and Activities

  • CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Financial Literacy
  • Learner Support Services
  • Learning Activities
  • Newcomer Supports for English Language Learners
  • Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL)
  • Workplace Literacy

CALP Staff and Volunteer Development

  • Board Development
  • Coaching & Modeling Strategies
  • Digital Technology, Tools and Resources
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces
  • Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Learner-centred Assessment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Trauma-Informed Practices, Mental Health & Learning
  • Tutor Training


  • Budgeting & Finances
  • Community Partnerships and Engagement
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Needs Assessment and/or Evaluation
  • Regional Stewardship and Post-Secondary Connections
  • Succession Planning
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Learning Objectives:

To be considered, sessions must be interactive learning formats and must have clear learning objectives. Session participants should walk away with knowledge of a tool, strategy or tactic that will enhance their ability to support adult learners.

Presenters will be asked to answer four questions to identify the session's learning objectives:

  • What is the purpose of this session?
  • What will the participant learn?
  • What will the participant do during the session?
  • What will the participant take away?

The answers you provide will be included in the published program information to help our Symposium delegates choose the sessions that will meet their individual professional learning needs.

Submission Guidelines:

Please be sure to review the submission guidelines and preview the online submission form before you complete your proposal. You will have approximately one hour to complete the form. Please ensure you have all the required information ready before you begin your submission.

Complete the “Call for Presenters” proposal online form and submit by Thursday, December 5th, 2019.

Only complete submissions will be considered.

Important Note: You will be logged out of the CALP Portal system after approximately one hour of inactivity. Be sure to submit your form within this time frame. Responses that are not submitted will not be saved, and you will need to complete the form again.

Your proposal must include:

  • Maximum 50-word biographical statement (for all presenters)
  • Presenter Photo(s) (print ready, good quality images with the following specifications: jpeg format, 300 dpi, high resolution)
  • Title of presentation - Please use plain language and choose a title that clearly reflects the content of the session
  • Session description - Your description should clearly identify the purpose of the session
  • Intended audience
  • Relevant thread choice(s)
  • Clear, concise learning objectives

The information you provide will be included in the published program agenda to help our Symposium delegates choose the sessions that will meet their individual professional learning needs.

Review Criteria:

  • How well does this presentation address the Professional Development needs and interests of the CALP system?
  • How engaging is the presentation likely to be?
  • What "tools" will delegates take away that will be practical and useful in their work and learning?

Benefits to Presenters:

  • Meeting space and *AV provided at no cost
  • Advertisement and acknowledgment on website and printed materials developed for the event
  • Breakfasts, coffee breaks and lunches during the Symposium will be provided at the hotel on the day you present
  • Presenting to a wide audience of literacy and learning practitioners across Alberta
  • We offer fair compensation for presenters
  • Lead presenters may be eligible to be reimbursed for one hotel room night, if needed, up to a maximum cost of the negotiated conference rate

Session Format:

Interactive Learning Session: These sessions focus on a single topic or program area and are designed to be interactive, and engage participants in collaborative, hands-on active learning associated with the topic. Ideally, participants will have an open discussion with an experienced expert. Must include interactive activities as a major portion of their overall session. Not intended as a lecture.

Sessions will be a combination of full-day (6 hours), half-day (3 hours) and 80-90 minute breakout sessions.

*Audio-Visual Equipment:

  • An LCD projector, a screen and a flipchart will be provided in breakout session rooms. Presenters must supply their own laptop and/or speakers, as well as any other presentation devices needed during the session.

  • Complimentary Internet access during the Symposium

  • Other audio-visual equipment can be ordered at the presenter’s expense (e.g., laptop, wireless mouse, additional flipcharts, etc.)

Notification of Proposal Acceptance:

Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance will be e-mailed to all lead presenters by January 24, 2020. Please ensure that your profile includes a valid e-mail and daytime phone number. Selected presenters will be provided with a package including a contract, the date and time of their session, and other pertinent details.

Lead presenters are responsible for notifying all co-presenters about presentation status and scheduling information.

Presenter Substitution Policy:

After the session is accepted for presentation, presenters are responsible for notifying Pat Halewich, Events Specialist, Community Learning Network by email at as early as possible and prior to the Literacy & Learning Symposium if for unforeseen circumstances they are unable to present.

Substitution of presenters must be approved by the Symposium Planning Committee. The Committee reserves the right to cancel the session, and/or assign it to another available presenter.

Symposium Registration:

Accepted presenters and co-presenters are required to register for the Symposium if interested in attending as a participant. Those presenters only coming for their session and not attending any other part of the Symposium will not be required to pay.


Pat Halewich
Events Specialist