Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 9:00am – 10:20am
Choice of 9 sessions:
Know Your Learner's Brain (A1, B1, C1, D1) - Full-day session
A brief description about Educational Kinesiology and how these exercises are important for the brain and how they can build a learner's confidence to be a life long learner. A key set of 5 exercises are taught, learned and experienced throughout the session. This session is hands on, engaging and allows the participants to experience the Train Your Brain program using the suggested movements. It adds the FUN back into learning and gives tutors/educators the tools to understand why people learn the way they do.
Liana Bohn has studied and taught Educational Kinesiology to all ages for the past 18 years. She is currently studying how the brain learns how to read and incorporating this information into a program she has developed called Train Your Brain. Train Your Brain is a combination of physical and mental exercises, which allows the learner to reprogram the brain to suit his/her learning style.
Purpose: To help tutors and adult educators understand how their brain and body work together to learn and retain information.
Session Threads: Learner-Centred Assessment, Tutor Training, Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Foundational Life Skills
"It's not you, it's me." Knowledge Transfer / Succession Planning (A2- B2) - Half-day session
To emphasize the importance of and practical guide to Knowledge Transfer / Succession Planning for Managers, Directors, Operational Staff, Board Members.
Mona Crocker is currently the Executive Director of Rocky Learning Centre. She is an Adult Education Instructor/Facilitator and has taught the following: NAIT, RDC, RCLC, Bridges to Employment; Rocky Mountain House (2000-2007), Keyano College, Fort McMurray (1984-1987), Adult Upgrading (INAC), Fort Providence, NWT (1981-1982). And she’s had a lot of fun along the way!
Purpose: To define differences between Knowledge Transfer and Succession. To discuss planning strategies. To share practical planning tools.
Session Threads: Succession Planning
Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A3, B3, C3, D3) - Full-day session
This session will provide insight and tips regarding financial responsibilities for CALP Directors and Administrators. 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 works with Business IQ Training. She has over 10 years of experience instructing accounting and financial skills as well as skills for computer literacy and competency. Lisa is an excellent communicator who has had the opportunity to work with a number of CALP programs offering unique educational services.
Purpose: Increase understanding of financial responsibilities and CALP grant financial reporting responsibilities.
Session Threads: Operations/Management, Budgeting & Finances, Board Development, Tools and Resources
CALP Essentials for Family Literacy Programs (A4, B4, C4, D4) - Full-day session
Are you a new family literacy practitioner in a CALP-funded program? Are you curious about how family literacy programming can reach adult foundational learners while supporting learning for the whole family?
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.
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.
Purpose: In this participatory training, CALP-funded staff will learn what family literacy programming is, how well suited it is to the needs of adult foundational learners and their families, and which practices support effective CALP-funded family literacy programs.
Session Threads: CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs
CALP Guidelines 101 (A5 - B5) - Half-day session
CALP-funded organizations all work towards the same vision: Changing lives through adult foundational learning in connected communities. This introductory workshop demystifies the CALP Guidelines to give you clear information about CALP programming, operational and financial requirements. With a strong understanding of the CALP Guidelines and requirements, your CALP will be well positioned to make the greatest impact in the lives of adult learners in your community. CALP Guidelines 101 is an introductory workshop for new CALP staff, board members and staff looking for a refresher in the CALP Guidelines.
Emily Robinson Leclair is fond of saying that she carries a copy of the CALP Guidelines with her wherever she goes. This guiding document provides CALP staff with both the direction and flexibility to support adult literacy and foundational learners in their communities. Her vision for 2020 includes a pocket sized version of the Guidelines!
Lori St. Cyr is the Métis & Indigenous Liaison with the CLN. She started her learning path in the CALP world, as a CALP coordinator/facilitator in her home community of Peavine Métis Settlement. Lori feels she is lucky to have found her special place in the CALP world. She is well versed in the CALP Guidelines and enjoys coaching and mentoring CALP staff across Alberta.
Purpose: Participants will gain an understanding of the purpose and role of the CALP Guidelines in CALP operations and program delivery.
Session Threads: Operations/Management, Literacy & Foundational Learning (LFL)
Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session
This 2-day training workshop aligns with the Government of Alberta Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) Guidelines, and is intended to give CALP practitioners knowledge, skills and strategies that will help them be successful in their roles. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (IAFL) takes a hands-on approach for exploring how to engage and support adult foundational learners in our communities. This training will also provide the opportunity for new and seasoned CALP practitioners alike to participate in a collaborative learning environment, which fosters building and strengthening CALP communities of practice.
Note: Attendance for both full days is required to receive a certificate.
Cheryl Lovstrom is the Central Region Support Staff with CLN. She draws from her prior experience in the CALP system and her enthusiasm for adult foundational learning to help staff and facilitators understand CALP-funded programming. Cheryl is passionate about lifelong learning and believes in the power of CALP-funded programs to build foundational skills in adult learners.
Val Rathjen has been engaged in the community adult learning world since 2005. Her journey began as a Coordinator at Flagstaff Adult Learning for 10 years, and has continued as a member of the CLN’s Regional Support team. She has both operational and program experience along with years of working with learners in small town Alberta. Helping CALP staff acquire the skills and tools they need for success is her passion.
The purpose of this required training is for CALP staff to learn approaches and strategies for creating learner-centred programming for adult foundational learners that aligns to the CALP guidelines.
Session Threads: Literacy & Foundational Learning (LFL), Foundational Learners and Learning
Learning Disabilities 101 – Serving the LD Learner in a CALP Setting (A7-B7) - Half-day session
Most of the adult learners CALPs serve are LD. Your CALP can stop the cycle of failure for this under served and misunderstood population! Learn how to identify and serve adults with learning disabilities confidently with a CALP specific approach and effective strategies.
Karen Plourde started her career with a B.Ed. and an endorsement in Deaf Education. She has worked as a CALP coordinator for 7 years in Slave Lake. Karen has over 30 years’ experience teaching adults in Alberta with emphasis on effective learning strategies and advocacy for adults who struggle with academic learning often due to undiagnosed Learning Disabilities.
Purpose: Learn how to identify and serve adults with learning disabilities.
- Participants will learn about:
- Participants will role-play some scenarios with simulated exercise
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learner Support Services, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Facilitation Skills and/or Instructional Strategies, Learning Disabilities
Using the New Foundational Numeracy Materials (A8) - 80-minute breakout session
NorQuest College has developed more numeracy materials for the use by CALPs. These materials include Whole Numbers, Basic Decimals and Basic Fractions. Participants will learn how to use the materials and how learners can progress to the existing modules.
Glen McCalpin has worked for NorQuest College for 20 years and has been teaching and developing materials for the foundational math courses up to grade 10 math. He teaches online asynchronous courses and understands the challenges of self-paced learning. He is also the main contact person responsible to support CALPs with these foundational materials and the Foundations for Learning Programs.
Purpose: To become familiar with the new numeracy modules and how to use them with adult learners.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Numeracy, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Tutor Training, Instructional Strategies, Regional Stewardship and Post-Secondary Connections
LES as a Poverty Reduction Strategy (A9) - 80-minute breakout session
Frontier College is proud to present the 2019 National Research Report on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy. The report is the culmination of a national consultation with policy makers, national and regional literacy associations, service providers, researchers, poverty reduction organizations, and learners involved in literacy programming and poverty reduction programs across Canada.
Richard Harvey is the Frontier College Regional Director for Western Canada.
Purpose: To inform participants of the Report’s key findings & recommendations.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Essential Skills, Foundational Life Skills, Community Capacity Building, Community Partnerships and Engagement, Programming Needs Assessment and/or Evaluation