TRACK D Sessions

Date: Thursday, October 1

Time: 9:00am – 10:15am


Choice of 4 sessions:

  1. Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (A2-D2) - 2-part session (Part 2 of 2)
  2. Gathering to Learn: Strategies for Opening the Doors to Learning (C1-D1) - 2-part session (Part 2 of 2)
  3. LES as a Poverty Reduction Strategy (D3) - 75-minute breakout session
  4. Online & Remote Learning (D4) - 75-minute session

Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (A2-D2) - 2-part session (Part 2 of 2)

Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (A2-D2) - 2-part session

You've seen the acronym. What does LGBTQ2S mean? What’s with all the rainbows? If it doesn't affect me, why should I care?

This casual and entertaining workshop breaks down the confusing terms, provides a safe space for you to ask questions, and gives you the opportunity to really find out what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ2S community.

Come join us and learn the skills and tools you'll need to fight discrimination and make the world a little friendlier for all Albertans.

Presenter:

B Adair has experienced the realities of coming out as a gay, transgender man in rural Alberta and facilitates training to increase knowledge and improve diversity and inclusion practices. He’s worked with educators, healthcare practitioners, students, community organizations, and religious groups to bridge the gaps and eliminate stereotypes and stigma.

Purpose: Talking about hot issues can be tricky and uncomfortable. This workshop provides a safe, non-judgemental learning environment for participants to feel comfortable and confident learning and asking questions about the queer community.

Learning Objectives:

  • This engaging and interactive workshop will cover basic LGBTQ2S knowledge, inclusive language and how we can all combat oppression and marginalization. We'll discuss the importance of acknowledging privilege and how intersectionality connects us all
  • We will learn how to be better allies to the queer community by taking part in a combination of visual images, group discussions, fun activities, and even an arts and crafts project!
  • Participants will leave this session with better awareness of the disparities LGBTQ2S folks face every day. You'll be armed with the tools, skills, and confidence you need to stand up against discrimination and hate, and most importantly, everyone leaves with a smile

Sessions Threads: Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Community Partnerships and Engagement

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Operational Staff, CALP Program Staff, CALP Program Facilitators / Instructors, CALP Board Members, CALP Volunteer Tutors, CALP Executive Directors / Senior Staff / Managers
  • Any level of experience

Gathering to Learn: Strategies for Opening the Doors to Learning (C1-D1) - 2-part session (Part 2 of 2)

Gathering to Learn: Strategies for Opening the Doors to Learning (C1-D1) - 2-part session

How we gather matters. 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 of a goal or dream.

CALP Staff will gain understanding of what it takes for a participant to find a learning opportunity, walk in the door, stay, and continue on their learning pathway. This understanding will come from the rich stories and data that our CALP communities across Alberta (both learners and staff) shared with us during a CLN funded research project called “Gathering to Learn”. 

The workshop will take place over 2 days. Our first workshop will focus on Finding and Attracting learners, and our second workshop, on Engaging and Retaining learners. Participants will explore common barriers and triumphs learners face at each stage of the journey and discover the key things that really make a difference for the learner. In doing so, they will take away ideas that can be tailored specifically for their own learning environments, communities and contexts. Participants will also make connections with other CALP staff in the session as a result of our shared experiences and stories, thus expanding their own networks of support and community. 

Presenters:

Corinne Zimmerman & Shauna Pivarnyik

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.

Session Threads: Foundational Learners and Learning, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Operational Staff, CALP Program Staff, CALP Program Facilitators / Instructors, CALP Volunteer Tutors
  • Any level of experience

LES as a Poverty Reduction Strategy (D3) - 75-minute breakout session

LES as a Poverty Reduction Strategy (D3) - 75-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.

Presenter:

Richard Harvey is the Frontier College Regional Director for Western Canada.

Purpose: To inform participants of the Report’s key findings & recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Resources, best practices, report outcomes
  • Listen to presentation
  • Knowledge of key resource to support grant writing & collaborative program delivery

Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Essential Skills, Foundational Life Skills, Community Capacity Building, Community Partnerships and Engagement, Programming Needs Assessment and/or Evaluation

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Operational Staff, CALP Program Staff, CALP Program Facilitators / Instructors. CALP Volunteer Tutors
  • Any level of experience

Online & Remote Learning (D4) - 75-minute session

Online & Remote Learning (D4) - 75-minute session

ABC Life Literacy Canada is thrilled to present a breakout session focusing on Online & Remote Learning. While a shift toward online and remote learning has long been on the minds and radars of many, the abruptly changed landscape has added increased urgency. Literacy organizations have moved quickly to adapt. As some communities return to face-to-face program delivery, what would a hybrid or blended approach look like? And how can online and remote learning continue to support communities and individuals with barriers to more traditional in-person settings? Together we'll explore some of the best practices from across the country and discuss important questions around online and remote learning, in the past, now and in the future. 

Presenters:

Allison has had the pleasure of serving the literacy community as a member of the ABC Life Literacy Canada team since early 2016. Serving in a variety of roles over the past four and a half years, Allison currently works as a Programs Manager, managing workplace, cultural, digital and family literacy programs.  

Paul Bishop is a Community Coordinator at ABC Life Literacy Canada. He works with community literacy organizations across Western and Northern Canada to coordinate the delivery of ABC's programs. His work focuses in particular on financial literacy, soft skills, digital literacy and cultural literacy.

Intended Audience:

CALP Program Staff, CALP Program Facilitators / Instructors, CALP Volunteer Tutors, CALP Executive Directors / Senior Staff / Managers
Any level of experience