TRACK A Sessions

Date: Wednesday, September 25

Time: 9:00am – 10:20am


Choice of 9 sessions:

  1. Rethinking Numeracy – Training your Numeracy Tutors (A1 - B1) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)  FULL
  2. Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A2 - D2) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)
  3. Teaching the reading skill taught in the NorQuest College Voting Module with learners who are at lower levels (A3)
  4. CALP Guidelines 101 (A4 - B4) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  5. Tech Talk (A5 - D5) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)
  6. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6 - H6) - Two Day Certificate Training (Part 1 of 8)  FULL
  7. Learning Disabilities 101 – Serve the LD Adult Learner with Confidence (A7 - B7) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  8. Maximizing Learning through Planning and Goal Setting (ESL-focused) (A8 - D8) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)
  9. Indigenous Learning - Creating Safer Spaces (A9 - D9) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

Rethinking Numeracy – Training your Numeracy Tutors (A1 - B1) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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Rethinking Numeracy – Training your Numeracy Tutors (Half-day session)

Numeracy teaching is different from teaching literacy or school mathematics. To meet the challenging demands of an adult numeracy program, there is a need for numeracy tutors to have access to appropriate training. This workshop will provide instructional strategies and practices for numeracy tutors  to help learners to learn, improve, practice and retain the skills that are important and useful to them.

Presenter:

Monica Das has worked in the field of adult education for many years with special emphasis on Numeracy. She has a background in Non-profit management and is a strong believer of lifelong learning.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a clear understanding of what numeracy is and how it is different from Mathematics
  • Participants will learn how to address and evaluate learners’ prior attitudes and beliefs regarding math and how to deal with mathematically anxious adults. They will learn strategies on how to incorporate visual, hands-on and other activities during tutoring
  • Participants will gain information and receive resources that will help them maintain existing or develop new numeracy tutor training or design professional development opportunities for tutors to have a strong tutor base

Session Threads:  Numeracy, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Learner-centred Assessment, Tutor Training

Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A2 - D2) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (Full-day session)

This session will provide insight and tips regarding financial responsibilities for CALP Administrators and Senior Staff. Topics will include financial tasks specific to CALP organizations including revenue and expense transaction entries, source document requirements, reconciliations, budgets/reports to the board including actuals vs budget as well as grant reporting requirements.

Presenter:

Lisa Rohr is an excellent communicator who has had the opportunity to work with a number of CALP programs. Her experiences owning small businesses and working with larger organizations/non-profits allow her to provide unique business services.

Learning Objectives:

  • This session will focus towards Program Administrators, who are currently tasked with the role of their organization’s financial records and responsibilities. Information will also be useful to board members (specifically in the Treasurer role) who work closely with these individuals or would like to better understand the organization’s financials. Learning objectives will include:

               o   Things to do or ask for monthly/yearly including revenue and expenditure transaction entries, reconciliations, budget reporting including                     actuals vs budget, GST rebates and more

               o   Reports to share with boards and how to help board members and staff read a financial report

               o   General tips on aligning budgeting practice with grant reporting

               o   Reports required by Advanced Education

  • Participants will complete paper exercises that will assist them in learning to understand the basic accounting cycle requirements. They will practice identifying what types of accounts within their Chart of Accounts will be required to manage their accounting and financial reporting responsibilities.  Participants will also view a demonstration of the QuickBooks software specific for use within CALPs
  • A detailed handbook will be provided to each participant. They will receive tools and resources for managing  bookkeeping responsibilities such as sample Chart of Accounts listings and sample data files for both Sage (formerly Simply Accounting) and QuickBooks company file set-ups.

 Session Threads: Operations/Management, Budgeting & Finances, Board Development, Tools and Resources

Teaching the reading skill taught in the NorQuest College Voting Module with learners who are at lower levels (A3)

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Teaching the reading skill taught in the NorQuest College Voting Module with learners who are at lower levels (80-minute breakout session)

Using the first 50 pages of the Voting Module, this session will demonstrate how to use these materials with learners at various reading levels. This session will give practical experience that you can bring back to your tutors and the learners they work with. This will provide tutors with direction while working with learners on reading comprehension.

Presenters:

Glen McCalpin has worked for NorQuest College for 20 years and has been teaching and developing materials for foundational math courses up to grade 10 Math. He teaches online asynchronous courses and understands the challenges of self-paced learning. He is the main contact person responsible to support CALPs with NorQuest’s foundational literacy and numeracy materials and the Foundations for Learning Programs.

Janelle Therien has worked at NorQuest College in a variety of capacities; from foundational to high school English, foundational maths, curriculum development and online development and delivery. She has experience working with under-resourced learners and has found passion in this area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to apply the reading skills used in the Voting Module with learners using a variety of materials
  • Participants will gain practice applying the reading skills to a variety of reading materials
  • Participants will be able to train their tutors on using the reading skills with their learners

Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learning Activities, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Tutor Training

CALP Guidelines 101 (A4 - B4) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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CALP Guidelines 101 (Half-day session)

CALP-funded organizations all work towards the same vision: Changing lives through adult foundational learning in connected communities. This introductory workshop demystifies the CALP Guidelines to give you clear information about CALP programming, operational and financial requirements. With a strong understanding of the CALP Guidelines and requirements, your CALP will be well positioned to make the greatest impact in the lives of adult learners in your community. CALP Guidelines 101 is an introductory workshop for new CALP staff, board members and staff looking for a refresher in the CALP Guidelines.   

Presenters:

Corrie Rhyasen Erdman is the Training Manager with the CLN. She is a strong advocate for adult foundational learning who brings multiple perspectives to the CALP system. Having worked as a literacy coordinator, Corrie has first-hand experience implementing the CALP Guidelines. In her previous role as a Regional Support Staff, she coached many CALP staff and boards on applying the Guidelines. 

Lori St. Cyr is the Métis & Indigenous Liaison with the CLN. She started her learning path in the CALP world, as a CALP coordinator/facilitator in her home community of Peavine Métis Settlement. Lori feels she is lucky to have found her special place in the CALP world. She is well versed in the CALP Guidelines and enjoys coaching and mentoring CALP staff across Alberta.

Session Threads: Operations/Management, Literacy & Foundational Learning (LFL)

Tech Talk (A5 - D5) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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Tech Talk (Full-day session)

An interactive training session for facilitators of technology in the CALP system. Participants will gain an understanding of common concepts, structures and navigational methods found across different technology tools that include but not limited to tablets, phones and computers. Participants will be able to transfer this knowledge to enhance existing classes or design new ones that better address the rapid changes occurring in the world of technology.

Presenters:

Dadye Teschl has worked for Literacy for Life Foundation for 13 years in a variety of positions and duties. She has a strong background in technology, family and adult literacy.

Virginia Tyler empowers people to self-learn. She focuses on techniques and concepts rather than specifics and step-by-step instructions. Her philosophy is, “If you know how to read the map, you can find your way.”

 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have knowledge and understanding of the technology today allowing them to enhance existing classes or design new ones that better address the rapid changes occurring in the world of technology
  • Participants will have strategies to aid their learners with problem solving in technology, helping their learners become more independent
  • Participants will receive current, relevant resources/methods such as the flipped classroom”, gamification, E-mobile learning that will support their work in building skills in their learners

Session Threads: Literacy and Foundational Learning, Basic Digital Skills, Learning Activities, Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies

Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6 - H6) - Two Day Certificate Training (Part 1 of 8)

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Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (Two-day Certificate Training)

This 2-day training workshop aligns with the Government of Alberta Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) Guidelines and is intended to give CALP-funded practitioners fundamental knowledge for supporting adult foundational learners in communities across Alberta.

Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning takes a hands-on approach to exploring strategies for creating meaningful learning experiences for adults in CALP-funded programs. Participants will come away with practical strategies and resources to start using right away.

This training will also provide the opportunity for new and seasoned CALP-funded practitioners alike to participate in a collaborative learning environment, which fosters building and strengthening CALP communities of practice.

Attendance for both full days is required to receive a certificate.

Presenters:

Emily Robinson Leclair is the South Regional Support Staff with the CLN. She loves facilitating the Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning training. This 2-day workshop is an exciting opportunity to share and build her understanding of adult foundational learning with other CALP staff.  She looks forward to this shared learning and connecting!

Rebecca Still is the West-Central Regional Support Staff with the CLN and has over 20 years experience in adult learning. Rebecca has first-hand experience as a tutor and coordinator for adult and family literacy programs.  She is passionate about supporting adults on their learning journey, whether they are a practitioner or a foundational learner.

Session Threads: Literacy & Foundational Learning (LFL)

Learning Disabilities 101 – Serve the LD Adult Learner with Confidence (A7 - B7) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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Learning Disabilities 101 – Serve the LD Adult Learner with Confidence (Half-day session)

Many of the adult learners CALPs serve may have diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disabilities (LD). Your CALP can stop the cycle of failure for this underserved and misunderstood population! Learn how to identify and serve adults with learning disabilities with confidence.

Presenter:

Karen Plourde started her career with a B.Ed. and an endorsement in Deaf Education. She has worked as a CALP coordinator for 7 years in Slave Lake. Karen has over 30 years’ experience teaching adults in Alberta with emphasis on effective learning strategies and advocacy for adults who struggle with academic learning, often due to undiagnosed Learning Disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • In this session, you will learn about:

               o   LD Identification - how to identify a CALP learner with a disability - what to look for

               o   Assessments - formal and informal

               o   LD Types - dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing, phobias, spatial deficits

  • Participants will role-play some scenarios with simulated exercises
  • Participants will leave with a broader understanding of:

               o   The types of learning disabilities and the impact on academic learning

               o   The components of a successful approach to success  

               o   Your role as a CALP practitioner uniquely situated to positively impact learners

 Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learner Support Services, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Learning Disabilities

Maximizing Learning through Planning and Goal Setting (ESL-focused) (A8 - D8) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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Maximizing Learning through Planning and Goal Setting (ESL-focused) (Full-day session)

This full-day workshop will develop skills and best practice awareness regarding planning for instruction, goal setting for learners and implementing task-based language teaching. Task-based language teaching is the method that aligns best with learner-centred teaching and learner autonomy.

Presenters:

Alana Johnson has been active in English language learning for 13 years, as an instructor, workplace essential skills specialist and professional development facilitator. She has been with the Rural Routes program for the last 4 years and enjoys connecting with tutors, instructors, and program coordinators to help build capacity in their communities.

Jacky Rivas began her career working in Adult Education roles, later serving as the Executive Director for the Community Adult Learning and Literacy Council in Grande Prairie. Jacky is an advisor with Rural Routes, where she continues to support ESL programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to help their students set goals for their own learning, how to plan for instruction in a way that supports assessment and further planning. Participants will learn the basics of task-based teaching
  • Participants will develop a short lesson plan for their own group of learners. They will work through a goal setting exercise and practice identifying and planning to teach a task
  • Participants will leave the session with templates for lesson planning and an understanding of how good planning makes instruction easier. They will have a guide to goal setting as well as an understanding of the uses and value of student goal setting

Session Threads: English Language Learning, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learning Activities, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Learner-centred Assessment, Tutor Training

Indigenous Learning - Creating Safer Spaces (A9 - D9) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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Indigenous Learning - Creating Safer Spaces (Full-day session)

Smudging Notification: Smudging is an Indigenous tradition, which involves the burning of sweetgrass, sage and/or cedar. Sage and cedar smudges produce a very strong and distinct aroma but the smoke associated with them are minimal and last a very short time. A smudge is burned primarily for purification and to help create a positive mindset.

Community Learning Network (CLN) is notifying all individuals who have sensitivities to scents or smoke, that smudging may cause reactions. This notification is within the Scent Free Environment standards that CLN upholds.

 

This session will explore the issue of culture and its implications on Indigenous Learners in the CALP model.  We explore concepts such as cultural bias and history while exploring specific strategies that will help facilitators create learning spaces and opportunities that will more effectively meet the needs of Indigenous learners.

Presenters:

Kelly Schram has been active in the CALP program for almost 20 years working in ESL and with low income and Indigenous learners. She has been committed to strategies and community development initiatives that reduce barriers to clients who are isolated from regular programming.

Georgina Supernault is a devoted Kokum who has worked with CALP initiatives and as a community service provider and educator for over 15 years. She has worked as a community advocate for her community and recently has been an active member of the PDAC committee and the CLN Board.

Dave Matilpi is an Elder in the Peace River area, educator, artist, native dancer and a residential school survivor. He has worked as an educator, advocate, and Elder for the Peace Regional Outreach Campus, Peace River Corrections as well as serve in an advisory capacity for initiatives on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, K Division, and on provincial Truth and Reconciliation initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore Indigenous Learning Principles
  • Introduce how to better involve Indigenous communities in CALP learning spaces
  • Learn specific strategies providers can use in their classrooms and learning opportunities

Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Learner Support Services, Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners