TRACK D Sessions

Date: Thursday, September 30

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am


Choice of 5 sessions:

  1. Understanding and Working with your Board of Directors (D1) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  2. Making Technology Fun, Approachable and Accessible for Foundational Literacy (D2) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  3. Surfing a Tidal Wave of Adversity (D3) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  4. Creative Break - practical, interactive art ideas for classroom breaks (D4) - 60-minute Breakout Session
  5. Interrupting Bias: Calling in vs Calling out (D5) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Understanding and Working with your Board of Directors (D1) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Understanding and Working with your Board of Directors (D1) - 60-minute Breakout Session

What takes place inside an agency’s board meeting is often a mystery. Once a month or so, the volunteers making up the board of directors meets to review performance and provide guidance and leadership to the organization. If staff are on the front lines, how does the board really know what is going on inside the agency? How can staff communicate effectively with the board so that the best information is being seen and considered before governance decisions are made? What has to be done to build a positive board-staff relationship?

This workshop provides an overview of what board governance responsibilities are and how staff can build a strong relationship with their board. Participants will come away with clear actions that can be taken to better understand and work with their board of directors.

Presenter: Dr. Keith Seel, CVA, was the Dean of Foundational Learning at Bow Valley College. Prior to that he ran the Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University with research activities in public policy and board governance. He is the editor of two major textbooks for nonprofits: Volunteer Administration - Professional Practice and Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada.

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to provide CALP staff with general information on what board governance is, how it functions and how staff can contribute to a positive board-staff relationship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about: 1. What is board governance 2. What is the role of the board 3. What is the role of staff 4. How is a positive board-staff relationship built
  • Participants will learn about: 1. The 4 domains of governance 2. The linkages between those domains and staff roles 3. The components of a positive board-staff relationship that staff can act on
Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Board Development

Intended Audience:

  • CALP Staff / Board Members
  • Any level of experience

Making Technology Fun, Approachable and Accessible for Foundational Literacy (D2) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Making Technology Fun, Approachable and Accessible for Foundational Literacy (D2) - 60-minute Breakout Session

This session will share teaching tools and sample lessons to increase the educator’s library of virtual learning and technological resources with a focus on making the lessons accessible and fun for low-literacy learners. It will also emphasize how the flexibility and resiliency of facilitators and learners helped to overcome the learning barriers. 

Presenters:

Golshid Pourviseh is the Pebbles in the Sand Team Lead at Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. Pebbles in the Sand is a program for learners at the foundational level. She has more than five years of experience in ESL education. 

Afra Shirazi is the Facilitator with the Pebbles in the Sand program at Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. Afra has 11 years of experience working with culturally diverse ESL literacy learners as a Facilitator in Pebbles in the Sand program.

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to share teaching tools, ideas, and sample lessons with a goal of giving educators who work with low literacy learners more options in helping their students learn virtually and gain a stronger grasp of technological skills. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how experience, knowledge and flexibility of teachers and learners can be an asset to develop cost-effective ways to teach low-literacy learners. They will also learn how to apply available technological resources
  • Participants will take away ready-made lesson plans and teaching resources to meet different levels of foundational learners
Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Digital Technology, Tools and Resources, Facilitation Skills, Instructional Strategies


Intended Audience:

  • Adult Literacy Practitioners
  • Any level of experience

Surfing a Tidal Wave of Adversity (D3) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Surfing a Tidal Wave of Adversity (D3) - 60-minute Breakout Session

At some point in our lives we have faced adversity. How did we manage to move forward? How have we thrived? We are currently all immersed in the same Tidal Wave of adversity; the global COVID-19 pandemic. How is it affecting us and how are we able to become more resilient and emerge from this experience as stronger, more connected, and self-aware human beings? How can we use this renewed sense of self to improve the lives of others around us? This session explores how each of us are experiencing the same situation and how each of our experiences are different. We will look at how to specifically channel our diverse energy to create better connections to both ourselves and to others.

Presenters:

Diane Story is a co-founder of FluidStory and a longstanding Red Cross volunteer and recipient of the Order of Red Cross and has inspired individuals and groups nationally and internationally to grow and learn through collaboration. Diane has her M.Ed. in Adult Education and is a practicing Trauma Life Coach, a Global First Aid Trainer of Trainers, Psychological First Aid Master Instructor trainer and a former classroom teacher in both the public and private systems. She maintains that connection and the resulting synergy empower the individual, and believes passionately in our collective potential to improve the world that we live in. 

Wendi Napier is one of the co-founders of FluidStory. Wendi is a seeker of connection. She has a holistic approach to wellness and design and as a facilitator and a Psychological First Aid Instructor, Wendi listens and encourages you to be your best self. She has experience in Crisis Intervention and Communication and Applied Suicide Intervention (ASIST) skills. As a successful business owner for over 12 years Wendi inspires others to find life balance in their workplace and in their work spaces. She is passionate about interpersonal relationships; her gentle manner draws you in and her expertise keeps you engaged. 

John Napier’s superpower is to lead, and lead by example. With over 25 years of experience with Red Cross, primarily in Aquatics, John has enjoyed building and training many strong teams and believes that it is the challenges that confront us that provide us with the greatest growth. In addition to a Diploma in Recreation Management, John is a Psychological First Aid Master Instructor Trainer, a Lifeguard Instructor, Aquatic Program Course Conductor and Leadership Facilitator. As a co-founder of FluidStory, John is constantly seeking connections and opportunities to collaborate to help build healthier and more resilient communities. 

Purpose: To help participants recognize that there is diversity in adversity and that we can all benefit from tools, strategies and honest conversations to help us become more resilient. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about: Tools and strategies to become more resilient. Self-advocacy and self-awareness and how to build on personal strengths to navigate adversity… *Self care
  • Recognize that we all need to take care of ourselves and that we CAN successfully navigate adversity with the right tools and awareness. (Literal takeaways: Worksheet as a follow-up for self-care. Tools and strategies that work for them)
Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Mental Health

Intended Audience:

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

Creative Break - practical, interactive art ideas for classroom breaks (D4) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Creative Break - practical, interactive art ideas for classroom breaks (D4) - 60-minute Breakout Session

A Creative Break provides an opportunity to use the right side of your brain and gets your hands moving. This interactive session engages participants in art warm-up activities that can be applied to any classroom. Creative Breaks can be used as classroom transitions, ice breakers or to help reduce student’s stress. 

*NOTE: Supplies needed for the session include paper, pencil, colored pencil crayons

Presenter: Meghan Ostertag (B.F.A., B.Ed.) has a passion for art and being creative. She has taught art at various levels from children to adults. Currently, she is the Bonnyville CALP coordinator and Portage College CALP supervisor.

Purpose: To demonstrate Creative Break art techniques allowing participants to be creative.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn 4-5 practical Creative Break art activities to integrate in the classroom
  • Participants will learn that Creative Breaks are interactive, beneficial and can be integrated into any classroom
Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Instructional Strategies 

Intended Audience:

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

Interrupting Bias: Calling in vs Calling out (D5) - 60-minute Breakout Session

Interrupting Bias: Calling in vs Calling out (D5) - 60-minute Breakout Session

It’s a moment most people will recognize: A student or colleague has said something biased or promoted a stereotype. There’s a ripple through the classroom or workplace, but the speaker hasn’t noticed. Perhaps students look to you expectantly, and you know the statement can’t go unaddressed.

Are you looking for opportunities to build a human rights culture in your workplace or classroom to counter hatred, bigotry, fear-mongering and intolerance? One way to do this, is to call people in rather than calling them out. Doing so prepares individuals for civic engagement by encouraging a sense of hope and possibility. This training will discuss calling-in techniques that allow all parties to move forward. It’s a concept created by human-rights practitioners to challenge the toxicity of call-out culture. Calling in is speaking up without tearing down. Calling in is not for everyone or every circumstance. Also, calling in is also not a useful response to those who intentionally violate standards of civil conversation.

Presenter: Jacqueline Rivas is a Latina Diversity & Equity specialist who has facilitated, trained and conducted inclusion processes for public, private, and not-for profit organizations. She creates space for dialogue by providing an energetic and warm environment.

Purpose: This training will discuss and introduce participants to calling in vs calling out then discuss techniques that allow all parties to move forward.

Learning Objectives:

  • In conversations and debates about social justice issues, insisting someone take responsibility when they say or do something hurtful — regardless of their intent — is a common way to protect vulnerable communities and individuals
  • Participants will take away techniques and gain knowledge and understanding around calling in/calling out
Session Threads: CALP Staff and Volunteer Development - Inclusion, Diversity and Safer Spaces

Intended Audience:

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