TRACK C Sessions

Date: Wednesday, September 29

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm


Choice of 5 sessions:

  1. How to Build Trust and Connection Online (C1) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  2. Building Critical Thinking Skills in English Language Learners (C2) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  3. FASD and the Adult Learner: Success Through Understanding (C3) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  4. A Closer Look at Ongoing Assessment (C4) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  5. Staying Warm: A Guide to Allyship in Action (C5) - 60-minute Breakout Session

How to Build Trust and Connection Online (C1) - 60-minute Breakout Session

How to Build Trust and Connection Online (C1) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Do you feel disconnected from your clients and team when communicating online? Is it taking longer to build a connection and establish trust with the people you interact with? You aren’t alone. Join us for our live, online webinar to learn advanced tools and tangible skills to build trust and connection online faster.

Presenter: Leah Coss is on a mission to change the way we value and educate people in society. In order to prepare today’s kids for a future filled with Artificial Intelligence, Technology, and ongoing Change, she has built platforms and education methodologies that promote the development of Essential Human Skill Development in children and youth.

Purpose: To help build trust and connection online.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn advanced tools and tangible skills to build trust and connection online faster 

Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills 

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Staff / Adult Literacy Practitioners / Family Literacy Practitioners / Volunteer Tutors
  • Any level of experience

Building Critical Thinking Skills in English Language Learners (C2) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Building Critical Thinking Skills in English Language Learners (C2) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Developing critical thinking skills helps English language learners enhance their communication. Through intentional critical thinking tasks, instructors can help learners, expand their vocabulary, strengthen their accuracy and fluency and use language for different purposes in a variety of contexts. During this engaging and interactive workshop, participants will explore what critical thinking is, strategies and tips for helping learners develop these skills, as well as practical communicative activities instructors can use to foster learner’s critical thinking.

Presenter: Alana Johnson has been active in English language learning for 15 years. She currently works with the NorQuest Rural Routes Initiative, and is a Southern Alberta co-chair for the ATESL board.

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to share with participants how they can help their English language learners develop critical thinking skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how critical thinking development benefits learners as well as ways to embed these skills into their lesson activities
  • Participants will take away strategies for developing critical thinking skills, as well as activities to use with their learners
Session Threads: Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL) - English Language Learning


Intended Audience:

  • CALP Staff / Volunteer Tutors
  • Any level of experience

FASD and the Adult Learner: Success Through Understanding (C3) - 60-minute Breakout Session

FASD and the Adult Learner: Success Through Understanding (C3) - 60-minute Breakout Session

This session will focus on understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the strategies of learning for the adult with FASD. With or without a diagnosis, these individuals require special support and methods of teaching that accommodate this disability in order to achieve success.

Presenter: Jen Willes is a Registered Nurse and FASD Educator in Central Alberta.

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, as well as how to best teach to the strengths of the individual
  • 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: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Learning Disabilities, Learner Support Services


Intended Audience:

  • CALP Staff / Adult Literacy Practitioners / Family Literacy Practitioners / Volunteer Tutors
  • Any level of experience

A Closer Look at Ongoing Assessment (C4) - 60-minute Breakout Session

A Closer Look at Ongoing Assessment (C4) - 60-minute Breakout Session

This is a hands-on session that builds on the CALP e-Learning on Assessment. Topics covered include: why we assess our adult foundational learners, types of assessments, creating an assessment tool, examples of assessment activities, and what to do with the information we collect from assessments.

Presenters:

Leanne Rempel is a Grants Liaison at ECALA and is pursuing her PhD in Language & Literacies Education with the University of Toronto. She is passionate about creating positive experiences for adult language learners.

Wendy Peverett has been working in the literacy field for over 20 years. During that time, she has done frontline delivery, program planning, facilitating, training and is currently the Professional Development Specialist for ECALA. Having the right tools for the right job is one of her passions and being part of a vibrant, well-informed community is another.

Marnie Rempel Friesen is a Grants Liaison at ECALA. She has worked as an ESL instructor, a family literacy facilitator and an English language assessor. She is passionate about helping others find fulfillment in life and learning. 

Purpose: The purpose of this session is for educators (facilitators, instructors, tutors, program managers, etc.) to explore ongoing assessments for their learning opportunities and learn how to implement ongoing assessment.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Differences between types of assessments. How to create a relevant assessment tool. Example assessment activities to integrate into learning
  • A collaborative example of a tool. Knowledge of when and why to use it
Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Learner-centered assessment 

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Staff / Adult Literacy Practitioners / Family Literacy Practitioners
  • Any level of experience

Staying Warm: A Guide to Allyship in Action (C5) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Staying Warm: A Guide to Allyship in Action (C5) - 60-minute Breakout Session

In this webinar, participants will forge a clear and tangible understanding of how to be a good ally to Indigenous peoples. To help bring that clarity, Naheyawin will explore the diverging worldviews of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the tools used by Indigenous peoples for millennia, and how society frames allyship in our contemporary era.

Presenters:

Hunter Cardinal is an actor as well as co-founder and director of story at Naheyawin. In 2019, he was recognized as Edmonton’s Best Actor and awarded a place in Edmonton’s esteemed Top 40 Under 40 class of 2018. When he isn’t welcoming people into ancient worldviews, he can be found baking or adapting his favourite songs to the mandolin. 

Jacquelyn Cardinal is co-founder and managing director of Naheyawin. She has received an Esquao Award for Achievement in Business, a place in Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 class of 2018, and a SHEInnovates Award from the UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change. She is an award-winning playwright and loves exploring her passion for film and emergent technologies. 

Purpose: To gain an understanding of how to be a good ally to Indigenous peoples.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about approaches to Indigenous allyship through action, courage and humility, and meaningful change

Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development – Indigenous Learning and Learners

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Staff / Adult Literacy Practitioners / Family Literacy Practitioners / Board Members / Volunteer Tutors
  • Any level of experience