TRACK G Sessions

Date: Thursday, October 1

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Choice of 9 sessions:

  1. Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session (Part 7 of 8)
  2. Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ2S Allyship (E1, F1, G1, H1) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  3. Adult Literacy and Learning (A.L.L.) in Family Literacy Programs (E4, F4, G4, H4) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  4. Creating Learning Partners (E5, F5, G5, H5) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  5. Creating Safer Spaces - Indigenous Learning in the CALP Model (E9, F9, G9, H9) - Full-day session (Part 3 of 4)
  6. Day of Potential - Foundational Learning Program (G2) - 90-minute breakout session  FULL
  7. HR - Leadership & Conflict Resolution (G3-H3) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  8. Effective Intercultural Communication (G7-H7) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)
  9. FASD and the Adult Learner: Success through Understanding (G8) - 90-minute breakout session

Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning (A6, B6, C6, D6, E6, F6, G6, H6) - Two-day session (Part 7 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 3 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

Adult Literacy and Learning (A.L.L.) in Family Literacy Programs (E4, F4, G4, H4) - Full-day session (Part 3 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 3 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

Creating Safer Spaces - Indigenous Learning in the CALP Model (E9, F9, G9, H9) - Full-day session (Part 3 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

Day of Potential - Foundational Learning Program (G2) - 90-minute breakout session

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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.

Presenters:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to create their own foundational learning program specific to their clients. More importantly, participants will learn how to create an atmosphere that inspires the learners internal desire to grow
  • Participants will experience a foundational learning program through the eyes of a barriered learner. They will then create a Dream Board to create their own Foundational Learning Program
  • Participants will take away tools, a resource book and ultimately the confidence to create their own programs to best serve their foundational adult learners

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

Intended Audience:

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

HR - Leadership & Conflict Resolution (G3-H3) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

- Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • Identify their natural conflict style and understand how others may perceive it 
  • Know how to adapt their conflict approach to suit each situation 
  • Describe the stages of conflict

- 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

Intended Audience:

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

Effective Intercultural Communication (G7-H7) - Half-day session (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the ways cultural biases and assumptions can lead to discrimination in their work and how to prevent it
  • Participants will use culturally-informed practices to guide their interactions for effective intercultural practice
  • Participants will take away practical tools to foster effective communication in working with diverse communities

Session Threads: Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces, Community Partnerships and Engagement, Human Resources

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

FASD and the Adult Learner: Success through Understanding (G8) - 90-minute breakout session

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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.

Presenter:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand FASD, it's physiology and subsequent strengths and challenges
  • Learn the effects of FASD on learning and executive functioning through discussion, examples and video samplings
  • To be able to discuss strategies designed uniquely for the learner with FASD and how environment plays a role in learning for these individuals

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

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