Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 9:00am – 10:20am
Choice of 9 sessions:
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)
Working Faster, Working Safer – New Workplace Materials for CLB 1 & 2 (Full-day session)
Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES) will introduce their latest set of materials, which combines language development, essential skills and workplace culture. These materials were developed for CLB 1 & 2 learners and include a workbook, a facilitator guide and 10 animated videos. This workshop will provide a hands-on look at how to take the materials back to your programs and use them.
Susan Oguchi is a consultant with AWES. She is a sought-after presenter, engaging participants with storytelling and real-life examples from Canada and abroad. Her passion lies in working with individuals who struggle in their communities or at work because of language and essential skill gaps.
Sessions Threads: English Language Learning, Essential Skills, Learning Activities, Newcomer Supports for English Language Learners, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Workplace Literacy, Tutor Training
Meet the CALP Database (Half-day session)
This half-day session will be a hands-on “Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) workshop. You will learn about the features and functionality of the CALP Database, and how your CALP can make the best use of this system to manage learner and program information, as well as to collect and compile data required for the CALP Final Report to Advanced Education, including demographics, programming and evaluation outcomes and measures.
Odette Lloyd is the Communications Specialist with Community Learning Network. She began her journey with CALP when she joined the CLN team in 2010. She is passionate the work being done by CALPs and other system partners to help foundational learners meet their goals. Odette believes strongly in the power of outcomes-based measurement and evaluation to tell our system’s story, and is equally dedicated to helping CALP staff find strategies to collect, manage and report on evaluation data in meaningful ways. Odette is the CLN’s lead for the CALP Database and the CALP Portal, and is always interested in finding new ways technology can support CALPs in their roles.
Session Threads: Digital Technology, Tools and Resources
Tips & Tools for Successful Conversation Groups (Half-day session)
This half-day session explores the ways conversation groups can benefit learners. It identifies best practices for listening and speaking and offers a wealth of ideas and tips for making your conversation group a success.
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.
Session Threads: English Language Learning, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learning Activities, Newcomer Supports for English Language Learners, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Tutor Training
Teaching Computing Essentials – Tools & Strategies (Half-day session)
Business IQ Training's 4-part Computing Essentials Series is a popular course offering teaching adult learners relevant digital technology skills. Topics in this series include Computer Basics, Using Files & Folders, Internet & Email Basics and working with Pictures and Facebook. The presenters will demonstrate instructional strategies for teaching technology skills and will introduce the learning resources available to CALP organizations through Business IQ Training.
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/nonprofits allow her to provide unique business services.
LynnAnn Swerda has been an instructor with Business IQ Training since 2010. She instructs many of the basic computer skills classes that Business IQ has to offer and assist with much of the courseware development for these subject areas.
Session Threads: Basic Digital Skills, Learner Support Services, Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies
CALP Essentials for Family Literacy Programs (Full-day session)
Are you a new family literacy practitioner in a CALP-funded program? Or are you a trained family literacy practitioner who is curious about how family literacy programming can reach adult foundational learners while supporting learning for the whole family?
In this participatory training, CALP-funded staff will learn what family literacy programming is, why it is well suited to the needs of adult foundational learners and their families, and which practices support effective CALP-funded family literacy programs. To support your program in aligning to the CALP Guidelines, you will also gain an understanding of the programming requirements for family literacy programs as outlined in the CALP Guidelines.
Before you attend the training, read “CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs” page from the CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs Operations elearning on the CALP Portal at: https://calp.ca/e-learning/?workshop=128&page=3
Cheryl Lovstrom is the Central Region Support Staff with the CLN. She is a passionate coach who believes in the power of family literacy programs to support adult learning. As a former CALP coordinator, Cheryl is excited for the renewed focus on adult learning and now assists CALPs to reach out through family literacy programs in their communities.
Wendy Peverett is the Professional Development Specialist at ECALA. She has been in the field of family and adult literacy as a program developer, facilitator, mentor and trainer for over 20 years. Being the recipient of the Ruth Hayden Family Literacy Practitioner Award in 2016 is a highlight in her career.
Session Threads: Literacy & Foundational Learning (LFL), Family Literacy
Understanding and Working with Adult Learners (Full-day session)
Understanding adult learners, their learning preferences, and possible challenges they may face, helps you to deal more effectively with them in a learning environment. This session provides an overview of adult learner characteristics, learner preferences, active learning, and strategies for motivating and engaging adult learners. It will provide you with tools to support and engage adult learners in your capacity as a CALP coordinator.
Amy Saitz has worked with adults for many years as educational support, teacher, and program chair. She has a B.Ed. in Adult Education, a M.Ed. in Distance Education, and believes learning is a shared experience.
Mike Pickles, Chair of Academic Upgrading at Northern Lakes College, is an educator, speaker and published author. Mike hopes participants walk away with strategies for motivating and engaging adult learners.
o Identify and explain adult learner characteristics and preferences
o Describe and/or employ a variety of active learning strategies that help adults learn
o Explain how motivational and instructional strategies can be used
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learner Support Services, Learning Activities, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Learner-centred Assessment
How to Have a Supportive Conversation: Basic Mental Health Helping Skills for Front-Line Staff (Half-day session)
People who work or volunteer in teaching and learning environments often come across learners who are experiencing emotional distress. Few receive any formal support or training on how to respond. Fortunately, everyone has the capacity to learn some very straightforward conversational skills in order to have helpful and supportive conversations with people in distress!
Based on training and tools used at the University of Alberta, such as the Community Helpers Program and our Identifying and Helping Students in Distress workshop, this session will Introduce participants to a simplified six-step "how to have a helping conversation" set of practices, teach some of the markers of mental health distress, and encourage front-line educators to contemplate what reasonable helping boundaries are for them.
Jason Murray is a psychologist, and for the past 12 years has worked at the University of Alberta in Counselling and Clinical Services (CCS). He currently is the Director of CCS. Throughout that time Jason has presented to, or trained, thousands of students and faculty on resilience, positive psychology, identifying mental health issues in students, and how to have helping conversations.
Session Threads: Trauma-Informed Practices, Mental Health & Learning
Cognitive Behavioral Learning Strategies and Evidence-Based Teaching Methods (Half-day session)
This session will focus on practical techniques and teaching methods that can be used in the classroom that will help improve learning outcomes for individuals with mental health barriers. Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder all present unique challenges to learners and educators.
Cognitive behavioral learning strategies will help overcome these challenges and are applicable to all learning environments as approximately 30% of Canadians are diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lives. Even those not diagnosed with a mental illness can experience high levels of stress, fatigue, and financial problems that can all lead to well documented neurological changes that have a significant impact on learning processes. This session will describe how these mental health diagnosis and stressors change the structure and function of the brain and will focus on evidence based teaching methods that will help overcome these learning barriers to improve educational outcomes.
Steve Skakum has a Master’s in Social work and is currently the Manager of the mobile mental health outreach program in the Maskwacis First Nations territory. Steve has spent the past 30 years working in education, counselling, First Nations health, program planning, and integrating networks between mental health services and educational programs. He has been an active advocate lobbying for policy change for improving health and education outcomes for First Nations and marginalized communities. .
Jackson Heraid is an RN, paramedic and currently the community initiatives manager for the Maskwacis Ambulance Authority. He works as a mental health therapist for regional mental health crisis response teams in central Alberta, as well as a facilitator for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, teaching mental health first aid certificate courses. For the past 15 years Jackson has held numerous roles in emergency services, public health, addictions treatment, curriculum development, and mental health programming.
Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Family Literacy for CALPs, Learner Support Services, , Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, , Learning Disabilities, Trauma-Informed Practices, Mental Health & Learning