TRACK C Sessions

Date: Wednesday, September 25

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Choice of 9 sessions:

  1. Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A2 - D2) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  2. Tech Talk (A5 - D5) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  3. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6 - H6) - Two Day Certificate Training (Part 3 of 8)  FULL
  4. Maximizing Learning through Planning and Goal Setting (ESL-focused) (A8 - D8) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  5. Indigenous Learning - Creating Safer Spaces (A9 - D9) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  6. Building Your Team from the Ground Up (C1 - D1) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)  FULL
  7. Multicultural Marketing: Connecting with Others on Social Media (C3)  FULL
  8. Using the Foundational Numeracy Initial Assessment and Modules (C4 - D4) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  9. UP Skills for Work for practitioners: ABC’s free soft skills-focused workplace literacy program explained (C7)  FULL

Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A2 - D2) - Full-day session (Part 3 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

Tech Talk (A5 - D5) - Full-day session (Part 3 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 3 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)

Maximizing Learning through Planning and Goal Setting (ESL-focused) (A8 - D8) - Full-day session (Part 3 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 3 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

Building Your Team from the Ground Up (C1 - D1) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn strategies to retain staff, starting at recruitment, training, supervision, and recognition
  • Participants will explore practical tools to use along the way
  • Participants will gain confidence in their hiring, supervision and management practice

Session Threads: Board Development, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Human Resources

Multicultural Marketing: Connecting with Others on Social Media (C3)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why is multicultural marketing essential for your organization?
  • Why is social media important for your organization?
  • How is the ethnic demographic in Canada changing market strategies?

Session Threads: Marketing and Social Media

Using the Foundational Numeracy Initial Assessment and Modules (C4 - D4) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Practical use of the Initial Numeracy Assessment and how to use the Numeracy modules effectively with learners
  • Practice scoring an initial assessment and learn how to place learners with the numeracy assessment
  • Gain the ability to assess learners’ numeracy skills and use the numeracy materials to meet learner needs

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 (C7)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will discover the UP Skills for Work suite of soft skills-focused workbooks/workshops through active participation in a sample workshop where they will learn facilitation techniques related to the program
  • Participants will play the role of learner and practitioner as they work activity-by-activity through one of the UP Skills for Work workbooks, testing out the material first-hand as a learner
  • Participants will come away from this interactive workshop with hands-on experience of a free, adult literacy and foundational life skills program they can bring into their community. An understanding of the program's flexibility and how it can be adapted to suit their unique situation.

Session Threads: Workplace Literacy, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Tutor Training