Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 2:50pm – 4:20pm
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
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
Incorporating Cool Digital Technologies into the Classroom (90-minute breakout session)
This session will introduce a set of principles and practices for using digital tools and resources with English language learners of all proficiency levels. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to try a set of “tried and true” digital tools and resources that can be easily incorporated into the language classroom or one-to-one tutoring sessions.
Wendy Chambers is Founder of the Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional certificate program at NorQuest College. She has a passion for incorporating educational technologies into teacher training and the English language classroom.
Bonnie Nicholas teaches English to newcomers to Canada at NorQuest College. She integrates language teaching and learning with digital literacy in all her classes.
Session Threads: English Language Learning, Learning Activities, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Digital Technology, Tools and Resources
Email Efficiency & Smartphone Savvy (90-minute breakout session)
Who Should Attend? Everyone who uses email or has a smartphone! Whether you’ve taken a course or you’re self-taught, chances are you’re not getting the most out of your email program nor smartphone. Join us to learn little-known techniques that are unfamiliar to many digital gurus, but are essential for today’s technology.
Karen Turner clearly explains how to turn wasted effort into productive time. Session participants say: Karen is a very engaging speaker! She taught excellent time-saving skills - bring her back, but give her more time!
o Solutions to manage your work while maximizing your personal time
o Techniques to convert unproductive time into focused work
o Never again waste time opening the wrong app
o Type an entire email or text with just 3 keystrokes
o Reset defaults for speedy start-up and quick comprehension
o Effectively manage messages
Session Threads: Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Marketing and Social Media