TRACK D Sessions

Date: Wednesday, September 30

Time: 2:50pm – 4:20pm


Choice of 9 sessions:

  1. Know Your Learner's Brain (A1, B1, C1, D1) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)  FULL
  2. Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A3, B3, C3, D3) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)
  3. CALP Essentials for Family Literacy Programs (A4, B4, C4, D4) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)
  4. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session (Part 4 of 8)
  5. Gathering To Learn (C5-D5) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)
  6. NO ONE WAY: Teaching Methods, Adult Learner Motivation and "Why We Teach" (C7-D7) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)
  7. The Spectacular Race - Offering Amazing Programs (C8-D8) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)
  8. What are skills, tasks and complexity levels? (D2) - 90-minute breakout session
  9. Engaging Indigenous Learners (D9) - 90-minute breakout session

Know Your Learner's Brain (A1, B1, C1, D1) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to assess their students and share the key exercises with them to create a positive learning experience
  • Participants will assess their own learning profile, how to assess their students, and then teach the simple 5 exercises used for successful learning
  • Participants will be able to answer the questions: Why is my student struggling? What can I do to help them learn differently that best suits their needs?

Session Threads:  Learner-Centred Assessment, Tutor Training, Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Foundational Life Skills

Intended Audience:

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

Budgeting & Finances 101 for CALPs (A3, B3, C3, D3) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • This session will be focused towards Program Directors or Administrators who are currently tasked with the role of their organization's financial records and responsibilities. Information will also be useful to board members (specifically the Treasurer)
  • As the session will be delivered through interactive learning, participants will complete paper exercises that will assist them in learning to understand the basic accounting cycle requirements
  • A detailed handbook outlining all financial topic areas covered within the session will be provided to each participant. In addition, participants will receive tools and resources for managing their bookkeeping responsibilities such as a sample Chart of Accounts

Session Threads: Operations/Management, Budgeting & Finances, Board Development, Tools and Resources

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Board Members, CALP Executive Directors / Senior Staff / Managers
  • New staff

CALP Essentials for Family Literacy Programs (A4, B4, C4, D4) - Full-day session (Part 4 of 4)

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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?

Presenters:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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
  • Participants will explore how family literacy programs can build on the everyday ways that families use literacy in their home and community
  • Participants will take away a copy of the CALP Essentials for Family Literacy participant guide CALP Guidelines, as well as suggested resources and links for further learning

Session Threads: CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs

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

Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session (Part 4 of 8)

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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.

Presenters:

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.

Purpose:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of adult foundational learning, the priorities for CALP programming, and be introduced to strategies for creating relevant and effective adult learning experience
  • We will examine theory and practice-based approaches to enhancing adult learner engagement and success in CALP Literacy and Foundational Learning programs
  • Participants will take away a copy of the IAFL manual and CALP Guidelines, as well as suggested resources and links for further learning

Session Threads: Literacy & Foundational Learning (LFL), Foundational Learners and Learning

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 (C5-D5) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)

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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!

Presenters:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 share
  • This will be an interactive learning session with the intention to appeal to all learning styles and model ways that we can ‘gather to learn’. Participants can expect group dialogue at tables including stories, scenarios and brainstorming
  • Participants will take away a paper copy of the Gathering to Learn Field Guide that outlines strategies, stories and helpful resources of the many ways we gather to learn. Participants will explore common barriers and triumphs learners face at each stage

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

NO ONE WAY: Teaching Methods, Adult Learner Motivation and "Why We Teach" (C7-D7) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the pros and cons of several proven teaching approaches as well as explore their own goals and purposes and "philosophies" in their own practice
  • Participants will be invited to discuss the presentation and complete a learning contract for future reference in their practice
  • Participants will take away learning contracts and handout summaries of the three areas of the session, hopefully contacts with other participants

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

Intended Audience:

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

The Spectacular Race - Offering Amazing Programs (C8-D8) - Half-day session (Part 2 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn what to consider when setting up a program. For example, logistics such as choosing location, transportation, safety, partnerships and recruitment. Effective facilitation strategies to assist with things such as creating a welcoming space
  • During the session, fun challenge activities about the learning topics will be presented for participants to work through in small groups and come up with ideas to address each one. Once everyone has worked through all the activities, we will debrief
  • Participants will take away strategies and tools to: 1. help them understand and address the logistics of setting up a program. 2. facilitate learner-centred and responsive literacy and learning programs in their own community

Session Threads: Facilitation Skills, Instructional Strategies

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Program Staff, CALP Program Facilitators / Instructors
  • New staff

What are skills, tasks and complexity levels? (D2) - 90-minute breakout session

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What are skills, tasks and complexity levels? (D2) - 90-minute breakout session

This hands-on workshop will have participants analyzing workplace and program tasks to better understand the essential skills and the essential skills levels. Participants in this workshop need to come with a solid understanding of what essential skills are.

Presenter:

Susan Oguchi is a consultant with Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society. She is a sought-after presenter, engaging participants with storytelling and real-life examples in Canada and abroad. Her passion lies in working with individuals who struggle because of essential skill gaps, and with employers to close the gaps through training.

Purpose: To develop higher level understanding of essential skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to analyze tasks to determine the essential skills required and assign complexity levels to workplace and program-based tasks
  • Participants will work individually and in groups to analyze tasks
  • Participants will take away an understanding of workplace and program based tasks and how to analyze their complexity level

Session Threads: Essential Skills, Learning Activities, Workplace Literacy

Intended Audience:

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

 

Engaging Indigenous Learners (D9) - 90-minute breakout session

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Engaging Indigenous Learners (D9) - 90-minute breakout session

Smudging Notification: Smudging is an Indigenous tradition, involving the burning of sweetgrass, sage and/or cedar. Sage and cedar smudges produce a very strong and distinct aroma but the smoke is minimal and lasts a short time. A smudge is burned primarily for purification and to help create a positive mindset.

CLN is notifying all individuals who have sensitivities to scents or smoke, that smudging may cause reactions.

This session will provide insights to residential schools from a survivor who used her experience to teach others about the balance of life. Learn how to facilitate a circle process in the classroom finding unique gifts to utilize personal strengths in future activities.

Presenters:

Mary Moonias is a resident elder at Maskwacis Cultural College. Mary has a B.Ed and has been in the education field for many years.

Becky Cardinal Rattlesnake is the Literacy Coordinator at Maskwacis Cultural College.

Purpose: To share indigenous knowledge about historical impacts and how they affect learners from a personal perspective, in addition how indigenous peoples are experts in their own regions and why it’s important to honor the territories in the provincial boundaries.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about historical traumas, experts in their own regions, and circle process to create safe and supportive environments where everyone is valued and appreciated
  • Participants will engage in indigenous education
  • Participants will learn about the Circle process and information about residential schools

Session Threads: Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, Trauma-Informed Practices, Mental Health & Learning

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