Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 9:00am – 10:20am
Choice of 9 sessions:
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
Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (E1, F1, G1, H1) - Full-day 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.
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.
Sessions Threads: Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Community Partnerships and Engagement
Foundations for Learning to Read (E2-F2) - Half-day session
This workshop will address foundational reading skills for ESL teachers to use in their classrooms while teaching reading comprehension skills.
Eman Ghanem is a second language teacher, teacher trainer and language assessor supporting literacy and CLB programs.
Purpose: Raising awareness among literacy teachers about the required skills in the language classrooms.
Sessions Threads: Adult Literacy, English Language Learning, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL)
Goal Setting for ESL Learners (E3) - 80-minute breakout session
Participants will learn how to support learners in setting achievable learning goals that integrate all four language skills. We will also explore realistic goal setting for tutors and instructors to help them identify learner success and achievement.
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.
Purpose: Goal setting is used as a summary of information about a learner's future goals and provides a way for instructors to get to know their learners, including their real-world needs, and is used to inform planning and teaching throughout the course.
Session Threads: English Language Learning, Foundational Learners and Learning, Newcomer Supports for English Language Learners, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Facilitation Skills, Learner-Centred Assessment, Tutor Training, Instructional Strategies
Adult Literacy and Learning (A.L.L.) in Family Literacy Programs (E4, F4, G4, H4) - Full-day session
This full-day training has been developed for staff of CALP-funded organizations who offer, or plan to offer, family literacy programs in their community that they would like to align to the CALP Guidelines. This “how-to” course helps practitioners learn planning strategies to teach adult literacy and foundational learning skills with learners. In this participatory training, CALP-funded staff will gain an understanding of adult literacy strategies and learn how to teach adult foundational skills while engaging the whole family. Materials and strategies learned in the training are transferrable to all literacy and foundational learning areas.
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: CALP-funded staff will gain knowledge, skills and confidence to provide family literacy programs that support Literacy and Foundational Learning in adults within a family context.
Session Threads: CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs, Learning Activities, Adult Literacy
Creating Learning Partners (E5, F5, G5, H5) - Full-day session
This 1-day training will give CALP staff the understanding, tools and resources they need to begin training contracted instructors, facilitators and volunteers to work with adult literacy learners and support foundational learning in their community. This session will focus on Creating Learning Partners (CLP), which is a comprehensive training manual developed by literacy practitioners for Alberta's literacy and learning programs.
Emily Robinson Leclair - The Creating Learning Partners resource was sitting on her desk when Emily began her journey into adult literacy. She built her very first tutor training agenda using its contents and continues to rely on the wealth of knowledge and experience provided within its 13 units. Her vision for 2020 is that the Creating Learning Partners manual experiences a resurgence over the next decade!
Purpose: Participants will learn the key steps, activities and strategies for delivering effective, engaging and relevant training for contracted instructors, facilitators and volunteers.
Note: Please note, this training includes the content previously offered by Training Your Tutors (one-day face to face workshop or online Study Group).
Session Threads: Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Tutor Training, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Facilitation Skills
Increase Tech Efficiency & Reduce Stress! (E7-F7) - Half-day session
Who should attend? Everyone who wants to increase Tech Efficiency & Reduce Stress. AKA everyone who uses email, has a smartphone, works in an office or works alone, interacts with others and uses the internet!
You’re probably managing an overflowing inbox, trying to work on-the-go so you don’t miss a thing, attending meetings that could deliver greater value, while addressing ever-more demanding clients. No wonder you sometimes go home wondering what you accomplished.
Karen Turner - Symposium 2019 participants said: “Please bring Karen back, and give her more time! We covered a few time-saving tips, but we want more, a lot more!” Since 2001 Karen has helped 18,000+ working professionals turn wasted effort into productive time with less stress and greater satisfaction.
Purpose: Join us for critical time saving tips to maximize today’s technology in our current work environment to Increase Tech Efficiency & Reduce Stress.
This interactive hands-on session will address your work challenges and save you 90 min a day = 9 weeks a year, giving you:
Set-up your office and technology to do exactly what you want and need:
Participants will leave this session with technology customized to their unique requirements and their work management habits updated so they can Increase Tech Efficiency & Reduce Stress, saving them 90 mins a day to live their passion!
Session Threads: Basic Digital Skills, Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills, Instructional Strategies, Marketing and Social Media
Using the New Foundational Numeracy Materials (E8) - 80-minute breakout session - REPEAT 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
Creating Safer Spaces - Indigenous Learning in the CALP Model (E9, F9, G9, H9) - Full-day 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 very 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 explore the issue of culture and its implications on Indigenous Learners in the CALP model. We explore concepts such as cultural bias and history while exploring specific strategies that will help facilitators create learning spaces and opportunities that will more effectively meet the needs of Indigenous learners.
Kelly Schram has been with the Community Adult Learning Program as a Coordinator, Facilitator and now Executive Director for 20 years. She is committed to strategies and community development initiatives that reduce barriers to clients who are isolated from regular programming.
Georgina Supernault is a devoted Kokum who has worked with CALP initiatives and as a community service provider and educator for over 15 years. She has worked as a community advocate for her community and recently has been an active member of the PDAC committee and the CLN Board.
Dave is an Elder in the Peace River area, educator, artist, native dancer and a residential school survivor. He has worked as an educator, advocate, and Elder for the Peace Regional Outreach Campus, Peace River Corrections as well as serve in an advisory capacity as for initiatives on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, K Division, and on provincial Truth and Reconciliation initiatives.
Purpose: Exploring Indigenous learning principles.
Session Threads: Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Instructional Strategies, Community Partnerships and Engagement