TRACK E Sessions

Date: Thursday, October 1

Time: 9:00am – 10:20am


Choice of 9 sessions:

  1. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session (Part 5 of 8)
  2. Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (E1, F1, G1, H1) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)
  3. Foundations for Learning to Read (E2-F2) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  4. Goal Setting for ESL Learners (E3) - 80-minute breakout session
  5. Adult Literacy and Learning (A.L.L.) in Family Literacy Programs (E4, F4, G4, H4) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)
  6. Creating Learning Partners (E5, F5, G5, H5) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)
  7. Increase Tech Efficiency & Reduce Stress! (E7-F7) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  8. Using the New Foundational Numeracy Materials (E8) - 80-minute breakout session - REPEAT SESSION
  9. Creating Safer Spaces - Indigenous Learning in the CALP Model (E9, F9, G9, H9) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session (Part 5 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

Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (E1, F1, G1, H1) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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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.

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

Foundations for Learning to Read (E2-F2) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to develop reading lessons for their beginner level students
  • Participants will be engaged in developing short activities that will lead to a full reading lesson
  • Participants will take away a template for developing reading activities on their own moving forward

Sessions Threads: Adult Literacy, English Language Learning, Tutoring for English Language Learners (ELL), Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL)

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Program Facilitators / Instructors
  • Any level of experience

Goal Setting for ESL Learners (E3) - 80-minute breakout session

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to support learners in setting achievable learning goals
  • Participants will understand the importance of setting goals
  • By incorporating learner goal-setting activities into lessons, instructors help learners evaluate their own needs and interests and set achievable educational goals

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

Intended Audience:

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

Adult Literacy and Learning (A.L.L.) in Family Literacy Programs (E4, F4, G4, H4) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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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.

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: 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the role of CALP-funded family literacy programs in supporting adult foundational learning 
  • To understand how to use adult-focused literacy and foundational learning content within a program that is engaging to all family members
  • To participate in a research based learning approach – “I do, We do, You do”. Identify training and resources to learn more about planning and delivering effective family literacy programs
  • Participants will take with them a participant guide, templates, and links to further learning and resources

Session Threads: CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs, Learning Activities, Adult Literacy

Intended Audience:

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

Creating Learning Partners (E5, F5, G5, H5) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the key steps, activities and strategies for delivering effective, engaging and relevant training within their organizations.
  • Participants will draw on their own experiences and work together to explore the content and facilitation strategies outlined in the Creating Learning Partners manual.
  • Participants who complete this training will be able to facilitate their own training for new and experienced 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

Intended Audience:

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

Increase Tech Efficiency & Reduce Stress! (E7-F7) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

This interactive hands-on session will address your work challenges and save you 90 min a day = 9 weeks a year, giving you: 

  • Specific smartphone shortcuts to save time on-the-go
  • Clear email strategies to convert re-reading and re-shuffling time

Set-up your office and technology to do exactly what you want and need: 

  • Reduce interruptions and get more done
  • Adjust your office space to avoid ongoing aches
  • Turn low-value back-and-forth emails into high value exchanges

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

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

Using the New Foundational Numeracy Materials (E8) - 80-minute breakout session - REPEAT SESSION

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to locate and use the materials and how they will lead into the existing numeracy modules
  • Participants will get practice using the modules and develop skills on how to use them with their learners
  • Participants will take away the ability to locate and use the materials effectively with 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

Intended Audience:

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

Creating Safer Spaces - Indigenous Learning in the CALP Model (E9, F9, G9, H9) - Full-day session (Part 1 of 4)

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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.

Presenters:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore specific strategies providers can use in their classrooms and learning opportunities
  • Share interactive activities that incorporate indigenous learning principles such as discussions on bias, medicine wheel teachings, storytelling, sharing circle facilitation
  • Learn how to use specific principles to increase indigenous participation in their programs

Session Threads: Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Instructional Strategies, Community Partnerships and Engagement

Intended Audience:

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