Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
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
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
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
Day of Potential - Foundational Learning Program (G2) - 90-minute breakout session
Ever wondered how to truly connect with and empower the Adult Foundational Learner? The Pincher Creek CALP team invites you to experience a day in the life of their Potential Best foundational learning program, through the eyes of a Learner. This is an experiential opportunity that will walk you through our team’s best practices based on our learning over the past ten years. Begin with stepping in the front door of our CALP, participate in that first conversation, move on to the Foundational Learning Program, Tutoring Services, Indigenous Specific supports and then onward to further learner-centered goals. You will leave with the "Inspiration for Growth" Potential Best resource book, as well as your own Dream Board for what you see yourself creating in your own CALP environment.
The Pincher Creek CALP team is made up of Monica Sczyrba Davis - Executive Director, Annie Steward - Learner Services Coordinator, Lucille Provost - Indigenous Learning Liaison and Shannon Jackson- Learner Centered Instruction Specialist. Each team member brings unique history and skills to the field of Adult Learning. What they all have in common is the desire to help themselves, each other and their clients to move forward on their learning journey.
Purpose: To provide a plan to create ongoing and relevant Foundational Adult Learning Programming specific to the needs of each unique CALP.
Session Threads: Adult Literacy, Foundational Learners and Learning, Foundational Life Skills, Learner Support Services, Learning Activities, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Coaching & Modeling Strategies, Indigenous, Metis and/or Inuit Learning and Learners, Community Partnerships and Engagement
HR - Leadership & Conflict Resolution (G3-H3) Half-day session
According to research conducted, employees spend on average 2.8 hours/week in conflict, which – when unresolved – leads to absenteeism, stress leaves, mistakes, decreased productivity, employee turnover and many more negative effects. This highly interactive workshop will teach you how to resolve and/or manage workplace conflict so you can manage this risk and prevent losing valued employees.
Julianna Cantwell is the President of JUNA Consulting Inc., a strategic human resources consulting practice that helps organizations improve individual and group performance. Specializing in learning & development for over 20 years and communications for more than 15 years, Julianna logs over 100 days a year speaking and facilitating learning.
Purpose: To help leaders successfully manage and resolve conflict in their work environments.
- Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
- Identify current conflict situation and develop strategies to successfully manage those relationships using the tools learned in this workshop
- Participants will take away a Conflict Styles Assessment; Conflict Resolution Planner
Session Threads: Human Resources
Effective Intercultural Communication (G7-H7) - Half-day session
This interactive session intends to examine the concept of culture, the effect culture has on one's personal and professional life, as well as the role that our cultural biases play in our communications with others. It will equip the participants with practical tools to reflect on their practices and achieve effective intercultural practice.
Elli Dehnavi holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and is a university teacher and public educator. She has developed educational resources and training programs and has managed community-based research projects on Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Equity, and Human Rights. Elli also works as the Executive Director of the Centre for Race and Culture, a non-profit organization that promotes intercultural understanding and racial equity.
Purpose: To increase the participants' capacity for effective intercultural communication.
Session Threads: Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Community Partnerships and Engagement, Human Resources
FASD and the Adult Learner: Success through Understanding (G8) - 90-minute breakout session
This session is designed to increase the understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) within a learning environment.
Jen Willes is an FASD Educator for Prairie Central FASD Association. She has a background in Obstetrical Nursing, Prenatal and Lactation education. Jen speaks throughout central Alberta on the topic of FASD sharing prevention messaging and training professionals, families and caregivers in strategies to improve care to those with FASD.
Purpose: We will answer the questions, "What is FASD and how does it affect learning?" A variety of learning strategies will be discussed as well as conversation around the importance of environment for these learners.
Session Threads: Community Capacity Building, CALP-funded Family Literacy Programs, Learner Support Services, Learning Activities, Tutoring in Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL), Facilitation Skills, Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Learner-Centred Assessment, Learning Disabilities, Trauma-Informed Practices, Mental Health & Learning, Instructional Strategies