Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Choice of 9 sessions:
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.
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.
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
Session Threads: Operations/Management, Budgeting & Finances, Board Development, Tools and Resources
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.
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.”
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 (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.
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)
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.
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.
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 (Full-day session)
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.
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.
Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Learner Support Services, Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners
Building Your Team from the Ground Up (Half-day session)
How do organizations avoid costly turnover? We will discuss how to retain staff right from the start, through recruitment and hiring, to support and recognition. This workshop will explore some of these processes with practical and meaningful tips and tools to build the best team.
Jeralee Konschuh is the Program Manager at the Centre for Family Literacy. She has 15 years of experience in a variety of roles including facilitator, educator, program developer and volunteer and staff manager. Although her favourite role to date is mom to her 2-year-old daughter.
Session Threads: Board Development, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Human Resources
Multicultural Marketing: Connecting with Others on Social Media (90-minute breakout session)
Participants will learn key multicultural marketing and social media tactics that connect them with their audience both online and offline. This interactive workshop will focus on how messaging, content, and strategy will increase brand awareness and engagement with your organization.
Mary Malott has been working in marketing for over 10 years. Her expertise in content marketing, social media, branding, engagement, and video development have helped many organizations find their voice and connect with their audiences on a more meaningful level. Born and raised in Edmonton her family immigrated to Canada from the Philippines. As a visible minority, there is one thing her parents taught her early on--education opens the door, it is up to you to step forward.
Session Threads: Marketing and Social Media
Using the Foundational Numeracy Initial Assessment and Modules (Half-day session)
Do the learners you work with want their GED, but aren’t ready yet? Gain experience using the Initial numeracy assessment. Use the modules effectively to support foundational learners to meet their goals. After this session, you will learn how to use the materials and be able to share your knowledge with your tutors.
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.
Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Numeracy, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Learner-centred Assessment, Tutor Training
UP Skills for Work for practitioners: ABC’s free soft skills-focused workplace literacy program explained (90-minute breakout session)
In this 90-minute session, ABC's Programs Specialist will guide participants through a sample UP Skills for Work workshop, where the participants take on the role of the learner and the practitioner. Using one of the workbooks from the soft skills suite as the basis for the workshop, facilitation tips and tricks related to specific activities will be highlighted in the context of a sample workshop. The free online practitioner training will be embedded into the interactive workshop and active discussion will be encouraged.
Allison Nichol Longtin is the Programs Specialist at ABC Life Literacy Canada. She has served in a number of roles during her 3 years at the national non-profit. In her current role, she wears many hats, ranging from program management, curriculum writing to program development and facilitation. She loves getting out of the office and into the communities, where ABC's free adult and family literacy programs are running, and meeting with literacy and learning folks.
Session Threads: Workplace Literacy, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Tutor Training