TRACK D Sessions

Date: Wednesday, September 25

Time: 2:50pm – 4:20pm

Choice of 9 sessions:

  1. Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A2 - D2) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)
  2. Tech Talk (A5 - D5) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)
  3. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6 - H6) - Two Day Certificate Training (Part 4 of 8)
  4. Maximizing Learning through Planning and Goal Setting (ESL-focused) (A8 - D8) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)
  5. Indigenous Learning - Creating Safer Spaces (A9 - D9) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)
  6. Building Your Team from the Ground Up (C1 - D1) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)
  7. Using the Foundational Numeracy Initial Assessment and Modules (C4 - D4) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)
  8. Incorporating Cool Digital Technologies into the Classroom (D3)
  9. Email Efficiency & Smartphone Savvy (D7)

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


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 4 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.


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 4 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.


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 4 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.


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 4 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.


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 2 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.


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

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


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

Incorporating Cool Digital Technologies into the Classroom (D3)

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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.

Note: Be sure to bring a laptop, tablet, or Smartphone to the session.



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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be introduced to a curated selection of digital tools and resources, including Kahoot, Mentimeter, Padlet, Quizlet, and a variety of open educational resources that are simple for instructors to set-up and incorporate in the English language classroom
  • Participants will have an opportunity to create language-learning activities using a variety of free, simple-to-use digital tools and resources
  • Participants will take away a set of great ideas for incorporating digital tools into their practice

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 (D7)

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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!

Learning Objectives:

  • This interactive hands-on session will save you 30 minutes a day = 3 weeks a year, giving you:

               o   Solutions to manage your work while maximizing your personal time 

               o   Techniques to convert unproductive time into focused work 

  • Set-up your email and smartphone to do exactly what you want and need:

               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

  • Leave this session with your technology customized to your unique requirements, instantly saving you time to live your passion!

Session Threads: Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Marketing and Social Media