Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
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
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
Setting and Maintaining Professional Boundaries for ESL Providers (90-minute breakout session)
Participants will learn about compassion fatigue and how to set and enforce realistic expectations regarding their commitments to help and serve learners. We will also identify mindfulness practices and explore reflection strategies to support healthy boundaries.
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.
Alexandra Marshall has been teaching ESL for over 12 years. She has worked as a CLB assessor, and is now a Rural Routes advisor to northern Alberta.
Session Threads: English Language Learning, Newcomer Supports for English Language Learners, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Tutor Training, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Read & Write 101 – Everything You Need to Know (90-minute breakout session)
This interactive session will introduce practitioners to the Read & Write app - a resource that will help build their skills, knowledge and ability to design learning activities for their learners. Practitioners will have time to explore and experience all this app has to offer. Additional useful apps for adult learners will also be shared. The Read & Write app can be used with both Apple and Android devices. This resource can help build the practitioners skills, knowledge, and capacity to customize and design activities that best suit their learners. Additional useful apps for the adult learner will also be shared.
Tracey Earl-Wolfe is currently a Family Literacy Facilitator at the Lloydminster Learning Council, a mother of three, and has taught at the elementary, high school and college level. She has 15 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer in the family literacy field. Tracey shares the knowledge and skills she has gathered as a lifelong learner.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Basic Digital Skills, Essential Skills, Learner Support Services, Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Learning Disabilities, Tutor Training
HR 201 – Human Resources for the Non-HR Professional (Half-day session)
Practitioners who have taken HR 101 will enjoy this next level human resources (HR) management session to deepen their exposure to HR principles and applied management.
Barb Read is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Registered Professional Recruiter with a generalist background that spans all functional areas of HR. She brings expertise in recruitment and selection, employee orientation, policy development, compensation, performance management, investigations and employee relations.
Session Threads: Human Resources, Community Capacity Building, Board Development, Coaching & Modeling Strategies
Becoming Trauma Informed (Half-day session)
There are very high rates of trauma among people experiencing learning difficulties and life challenges. Ensuring that agencies provide trauma-informed services is crucial to supporting an effective learning environment. This session will offer a number of resources and tips to help agencies become trauma-informed The session will touch on areas including evidence-based best practices, understanding who you are serving, empowering clients in their programming, and understanding how communications can be adapted to overcome cultural and linguistic differences.
Susan Brandt brings an extensive variety of experiences serving in private counseling practice with Street Level Consulting in Calgary. Her foundation in psychology, nursing, social work, spirituality and creative arts enhances her ability to help individuals and groups of people with a variety of difficulties through counseling, workshops and education in a creative and clinically sound manner.
Session Threads: Trauma-Informed Practices, Mental Health & Learning, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces
Engaging Indigenous Learners (Half-day session)
Participants will gain increased knowledge of some of the historical and current contexts of Indigenous education in Alberta and Canada as a whole; and will explore what it means to develop a culturally responsive learning space. In particular, participants will look at the importance of: building trust, acknowledging the traditional, embracing diversity in learning, promoting calmness and understanding, inviting the community in, and using local resources.
Glenn Mitchell has served at Northern Lakes College for 11 years, where he currently works as Dean, Business and Academics, but says his greatest accomplishment will always be his wife and two children.
Eddie Sargent became the principal of a school in Northern Alberta shortly after graduating. In 2014, Eddie joined Northern Lakes College as Chair, Academic Upgrading and during this period Academic Upgrading has been the fastest growing program at Northern Lakes College.
o Describe some of the historical and current contexts of Indigenous education in Alberta and Canada
o Identify the importance of building trust and ways to promote trust with indigenous learners
Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Learner Support Services, Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, Community Partnerships and Engagement