Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
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
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
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
Teaching Reading Through Language Experience (C2) - 90-minute breakout session
Language Experience Approach is a method that teaches reading through the learner's own stories. It is a wonderful tool for tutors to use with non-readers. It is scalable, and easily grows along with the learner's reading ability. This teaching method will be reviewed and modelled, and all participants will be invited to take part in developing language experience stories and building learning activities to go along with each story.
Marci Bulloch’s background includes facilitation, program coordination, community development and curriculum development. Her early years in the field were spent teaching in a correctional facility in the north, which deepened her understanding of the impact of limited literacy and essential skills. Marci is currently a Program Manager with Decoda Literacy Solutions in BC.
Purpose: To explore and review how easy and effective the Language Experience Approach is.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learning Activities, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Tutor Training, Instructional Strategies
Gathering To Learn (Half-day session)
The Gathering to Learn session is a way for CALP staff to explore, share, and learn from each other the many ways that Adult Foundational Learners find their way to a learning opportunity, what gets them in the door and what keeps them there. We will unpack the barriers to learning, discovering what helps and what adjustments make a difference. Participants in this interactive session can expect storytelling, sharing, group dialogue, and our greatest hope - Inspiration from each other!
Corinne Zimmerman, Shauna Pivarnyik, Bo Masterson & Tanya Nichol
The Gathering to Learn team is a multi-disciplinary group of women who have facilitated groups and workshops in communities in a variety of settings in Calgary and abroad. We work together on a Community Development team at Carya, a non-profit organization in Calgary, inviting, creating, and developing opportunities for people to build stronger lives and stronger communities.
Purpose: The purpose of this session is to share, reflect and equip CALP staff with helpful ways to enhance the learning experience for Adult Foundational Learners, from that first initial contact to being an involved witness to a learner’s successful completion.
Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces
NO ONE WAY: Teaching Methods, Adult Learner Motivation and "Why We Teach" (C7-D7) - Half-day session
This session will be an orientation for some, a chance to reflect on practice for others, and an opportunity to discuss experiences and acquire new skills. Part one will focus on three proven teaching methods, part two on recent research on engaging and motivating literacy learners, and part three will explore teaching our own philosophies --"why we teach." Group discussion and discussion on social media following the Symposium will be highly encouraged.
Allan Quigley was inducted into the Adult Education Hall of Fame in 2012 and he has received multiple awards for his work in adult literacy. He began teaching in Northern Saskatchewan in 1972 and in Fort McMurray in 1973-75. He helped found the Saskatchewan College system, later administered ABE/ESL with the Saskatchewan government and, now retired, published extensively with Penn State then St. Francis Xavier University.
Purpose: To build teaching skills and encourage ongoing reflective practice.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Essential Skills, Foundational Learners and Learning, Foundational Life Skills, Community Capacity Building, CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs, Learner Support Services, Learning Activities, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Workplace Literacy, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Facilitation Skills, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, Learner-Centred Assessment, Tutor Training, Instructional Strategies, Human Resources, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, Programming Needs Assessment and/or Evaluation
The Spectacular Race - Offering Amazing Programs (C8-D8) - Half-day session
Loosely based on the popular reality show, our race begins with participants exploring the logistics of setting up a literacy and learning program. The journey continues by examining facilitation strategies that create safe, learner-centred and responsive programs.
Kim Chung is Co-Executive Director at the Centre for Family Literacy. She has been with the Centre for over 16 years in different front line and leadership roles and is passionate about the work being done. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Centre’s family and adult literacy programming, workshops and training.
Purpose: This session will help CALP staff understand the processes involved in setting up programs, as well as facilitation strategies to make their programs effective for the learner.
Session Threads: Facilitation Skills, Instructional Strategies
Classroom Management (C9) - 90-minute breakout session
During this session, participants will have an opportunity to explore five factors that influence a well-managed classroom as well as apply techniques into their own practice.
Alana Johnson resides in Southern Alberta. Alana worked as an ESL literacy instructor for Taber and District CALP before joining NorQuest College as a Rural Routes advisor. Alana also has expertise in essential skills.
Purpose: To add new tools to the inventory of classroom management skills.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, English Language Learning, Foundational Learners and Learning, Learning Activities, Newcomer Supports for English Language Learners, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Facilitation Skills, Instructional Strategies