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Books for Babies (Medicine Hat 2017)

Date: May 01, 2017

Region(s): South

Location: LEARN Community Adult Learning Council, Medicine Hat, AB

Registration for this training is now closed. Trainer: Darren Hinger, Centre for Family Literacy Books for Babies is a family literacy certificate training developed by the Centre for Family Literacy. The Books for Babies program is for families with young children (under 1 year) that encourages the sharing of books. This training provides information on delivery of a 4-week series of parent sessions. In these sessions parents learn: Why we read to babies, How to choose books for very young children, Different types of books to choose, and Other resources available within communities to families.  In the training, time will be spent on types of books to share and how to share them; also discussion on early child development. As well there will be a focus on facilitation skills, administration details and promotion of the program to participants, funders and partners. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (A minimum of 8 participants is required to run this training.) Fees (includes materials, snacks and lunch) CALP, First Nations College and CCI Staff: $50.00 Other Organizations: $100.00 Note: Pre-registration is required; space will not be reserved without payment. To register, please complete the online registration form and submit payment by credit card. For more information, contact Emily Robinson Leclair, Regional Support Staffsouth@calp.ca403-801-7278 Cancellations and Refund Policy Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations later than two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a credit to be applied to another training opportunity coordinated by the Community Learning Network within the current fiscal period (July 1st to June 30th).  

Strategies for Teaching Grammar

Date: May 05, 2017

Region(s): North

Location: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society

Description: This workshop will help participants gain fluency and confidence when addressing grammar topics. Participants will explore the advantages and limitations of grammar instruction. They will be exposed to a wide variety of strategies and resources as they learn to plan lessons that contextualize grammar into other language skills, provide for focused practice, and provide opportunities to apply what was learned.  Outcomes: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: Decide what aspects of grammar to teach Access useful resources online Plan grammar lessons that: Raise awareness, present the structure, provide opportunity for focused practice, provide opportunity for using the structure in communication(speaking/writing), and provide correction and feedback. Location: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society9625 Prairie RoadGrande Prairie, AB, T8V6G5 Register with: Crystal Nedohin Fowler, EAL/ELL/IELTS Program Managercrystal.nedohin-fowler@gppsd.ab.ca Phone: 780-539-6077Fax: 780-539-6073Hours:Mon-Thu 9:00-4:00

Pragmatics (Soft Skills)

Date: May 05, 2017

Region(s): North

Location: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society

Description: In this workshop, participants will learn what pragmatics is and how to incorporate pragmatics into their ESL classes. They will also be exposed to useful resources for teaching pragmatics. Outcomes: Learn about the newest online resources for teaching pragmatics to EAL learners Apply strategies to integrate pragmatics into your lesson plan Adapt activities and tasks to your teaching context (CLB 3+) Location: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society9625 Prairie RoadGrande Prairie, AB, T8V6G5 Register with: Crystal Nedohin Fowler, EAL/ELL/IELTS Program Managercrystal.nedohin-fowler@gppsd.ab.ca Phone: 780-539-6077Fax: 780-539-6073Hours:Mon-Thu 9:00-4:00

An ESL Toolkit of Educational Games and Activities - Lethbridge

Date: May 06, 2017

Region(s): South

Location: Lethbridge Public Library

Explore over 55 Educational games and activities you can use to make your ESL classes more fun. You will learn how to use them to reinforce grammar, thematic vocabulary, and the found skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Lunch and snacks will be provided.  Limited to 25 people. To Register: Please call Elizabeth Entz 403-320-4977 if you wish to attend. Location:Community Meeting Room,Lethbridge Public Library810 5 Ave S. Lethbridge

Teaching Pre-Benchmark Learners ESL Rural Routes

Date: May 10, 2017

Region(s): West Central

Location: Devon Library hosted by Devon Adult Learning Council

This workshop is for participants who want to develop or enhance their ability to create the lesson plans based on the CLB competencies.  The steps the participants are shown will apply to any CLB level; however, this workshop is specific to creating lesson plans for pre-Benchmark CLB learners.  Participants will also have the basis for at least two series of lessons based on two different themes, with ideas shared by other groups on another seven themes. Location: Devon Public Library101, 17 Athabasca Avenue(Located in the Devon Shopping Centre) For more information, and to register: Lisa Szafron, CoordinatorDevon Adult Learning Counciloffice@devonadultlearning.ca

Storysacks (Consort 2017)

Date: May 11, 2017

Region(s): Central

Location: Consort AB

 Registration for this training is now closed. Storysacks Trainer: Wendy Peverett, Centre for Family Literacy Storysacks is a family literacy certificate training offered by the Centre for Family Literacy. Storysacks is a tool for supporting literacy skills in a range of settings, including family literacy programs, the classroom, children’s organizations, daycare centres, libraries, prisons and therapeutic settings. A Storysack is a large cloth bag, made by parents or other volunteers in the community, and contains a good quality picture book and supporting materials to stimulate reading activities. These include soft toys of the main characters, props and scenery relating to the story, a non-fiction book linked to the fiction theme, an audio-tape and a language game based on the book. Storysacks is a copyrighted program and the concept was created by British educator and author, Neil Griffiths. This training provides an overview of the Storysacks concept and how it can be used to involve parents and community members. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice in developing Storysacks ideas from available children’s books. Audience: Participants who take the Storysacks Facilitator training will be able to facilitate as well as coordinate the program. Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 27th 2017 (A minimum of 8 people is required to run this training.) Fees (includes materials, snacks and lunch): CALP, First Nations Colleges and CCI Staff: $50.00 Other: $100.00 Note: Pre-registration is required; space will not be reserved without payment. To register, please complete the online registration form and submit payment by credit card. You will receive confirmation by email when your registration has been successfully completed. For more information, contact: Cheryl Lovstrom, Regional Support Staffcentral@calp.ca403-598-1863 Cancellations and Refund Policy: Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations later than two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a credit to be applied to another training opportunity coordinated by the Community Learning Network within the current fiscal period (July 1st to June 30th).

Creating a Citizenship Preparation course

Date: May 11, 2017

Region(s): North

Location: Valleyview

Description: In this workshop, participants will explore the essential components of citizenship preparation courses for ESL learners. This workshop will discuss classroom models, course outlines, possible topics, eligibility and the application process, citizenship test preparation, and resources for students and facilitators. A booklet of related resources will be provided. Outcomes: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: Identify an appropriate classroom model  Plan a course outline for a citizenship preparation course  Describe and plan for essential topics related to citizenship  Access related resources Location:  Valleyview Community Learning Council5003 50 StreetBox 780Valleyview, AB, T0H3N0 Register: Christy Dalziel, Community Adult Learning Program ManagerValleyview Community Adult Learning Council780-524-4323vclc@valleyviewlibrary.ab.ca

Pragmatics (Soft Skills)

Date: May 11, 2017

Region(s): North

Location: Valleyview

Description: In this workshop, participants will learn what pragmatics is and how to incorporate pragmatics into their ESL classes. They will also be exposed to useful resources for teaching pragmatics. Outcomes: Learn about the newest online resources for teaching pragmatics to EAL learners  Apply strategies to integrate pragmatics into your lesson plan  Adapt activities and tasks to your teaching context (CLB 3+) Location: Valleyview Community Learning Council5003 50 StreetBox 780Valleyview, AB, T0H3N0 Registration: Christy Dalziel, Community Adult Learning Program ManagerValleyview Community Adult Learning Council780-524-4323vclc@valleyviewlibrary.ab.ca

Basic Facilitation Skills (Brooks 2017)

Date: May 16, 2017

Region(s): South

Location: Medicine Hat College – Brooks Campus, 200 Horticulture Road E., Brooks, AB

Registration for this training is now closed. Basic Facilitation Skills For Non-Profit & Government Organizations Presenters: Community Development Officers from Alberta Culture and Tourism Basic Facilitation Skills For Not-For-Profit & Government Organizations training workshop is hosted by Community Learning Network, partnered with professional facilitators from Community Development Unit, Alberta Culture and Tourism providing hands-on ‘learn while doing’ accessible instruction in the art of group facilitation. This is a practical, in-demand workshop that provides learning through instruction, discussion, small and large group work, practice and feedback. Are you a member, a volunteer or a staff representative for a not-for-profit or government organization? Are you, in your role with your organization, needed to plan and lead facilitated group discussions? Would you like your organization’s group meetings and working sessions to be carried out in a more “facilitative way”? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, your organization needs to have someone skilled in the art and science of facilitation! The 3-day workshop will include information in the following areas: Key Concepts of Facilitation What is facilitation? Competencies of a Successful Facilitator Process versus Content Designing Facilitated Sessions Methods and Processes Outcomes Tools and Techniques Using Icebreakers and Energizers Conducting Sessions & Understanding Groups Flip Charting and other Recording Methods Verbal and Non-verbal Communication Group Dynamics Facilitating Challenging Group Situations Facilitation Practice and Feedback Giving and Receiving Feedback  Small Group Facilitation Presentations ***PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is strictly for not-for-profit and government organization representatives and is not for individuals who provide or intend to provide fee for service facilitation, training, and/or consultation.  Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day with a 45-minute lunch break Audience: Intended for CALP staff who facilitate programs and educational opportunities for groups/clients/customers/individuals in communities. Materials Supplied: Each participant will be provided with a copy of “Facilitation at a Glance – Third Edition” Spiral Bound Booklet Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 2, 2017. A minimum of 16 participants is required to run this course. Fees (includes materials, snacks and lunch) CALP & Other Organizations: $175.00 Note: Pre-registration is required; space will not be reserved without payment. To register, please complete the online registration form and submit payment by credit card. For more information, contact: Emily Robinson LeclairRegional Support Staffsouth@calp.ca403-801-7278 Cancellations and Refund Policy: Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations later than two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a credit to be applied to another training opportunity coordinated by the Community Learning Network within the current fiscal period (July 1st to June 30th).

The Further Education Society of Alberta is offering Facilitator Training near you!

Date: May 23, 2017

Region(s): Central, South

Location: Further Education Society #100-5421 11th Street NE

The Further Education Society of Alberta is offering Facilitator Training near you!   Literacy & Parenting Skills (LAPS) During this 3 day training, you will learn how to facilitate the Literacy & Parenting Skills (LAPS) programs. This is a generic training that will equip participants to facilitate any LAPS program Including Aboriginal Literacy & Parenting Skills (ALAPS) and LAPS-ESL. LAPS is an innovative family literacy program designed to assist parents in building their literacy and parenting skills. Parents with low literacy skills learn strategies that enable them to help their children with their literacy skill development, while exploring parenting topics and working on their own literacy skills. DATES: May 23,24& 25, 2017 Tuesday & Wednesday 9 am- 4:00 pm Thursday: 9 am - 2 pm LOCATION:Further Education Society 100, 5421 11th St NE Calgary,  AB  T2E 6M4   **For more information or to register, please contact Shawna at 403-250-5034 or admin@furthered.ca Registration closes May 18, 2017

Managing Cultural Diversity

Date: May 26, 2017

Region(s): South

Location: Lethbridge Public Library

Join us as Lionel Laroche (keynote speaker at 2015 Literacy and Learning Symposium) talks to literacy providers, volunteer tutors, and those who work with immigrants about what we can do to bring immigrants and Canadians together.  Session will involves activities and a Q&A session. Culturally different people don’t just look different; they think and communicate differently because they are brought up in different ways. When culturally different people interact together, these differences often result in misunderstandings that lead to frustration, hurt feelings, rework, missed opportunities and unmet expectations. Using insightful diagrams, powerful anecdotes and experiential exercises, this workshop analyzes the root causes of cross-cultural misunderstanding in order to provide concrete, tried-and-tested solutions to turn cross-cultural challenges into a source of creativity and innovation. To Register: Please call Elizabeth Entz 403-320-4977 if you wish to attend. A donation to our local food banks gratefully accepted! We strongly encourage you to carpool as free parking is very limited. Location:Theatre GalleryLethbridge Public Library 810 5 Ave. SLethbridge Note: A similar session will be offered from 7:00 - 8:30 at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO). Admission will be a donation to the Lethbridge Food Banks.

L.I.F.E. Training (Stettler)

Date: May 30, 2017

Region(s): Central

Location: Stettler Adult Learning Council

Registration for this training is now closed.   Professional Development Opportunity for Foundational Adult Learning Practitioners Learning disabilities affect at least 10% of Canadians. More than 50% of these experience difficulty in learning to read. Learning disabilities (LD) are recognized as a lifelong neurological disorder. It is estimated that at least 30% and possibly as many as 60% of adults in literacy and foundational learning programs have learning disabilities.Adult foundational learning practitioners are not qualified to diagnose learning disabilities, but it is important to understand, recognize and support the unique learning challenges and needs of these learners. By the end of the LIFE training, you will have: • A broader awareness of learning disabilities and their impact on adult foundational learners• Skills to recognize “red flags” in learners who may have an LD and attention issues• A repertoire of skill and practical tools to make your programs more responsive to the learners’ needs • Advocacy strategies to support learners with diagnosed or suspected LD or attention issues • Knowledge and skills to help learners move towards self-advocacy Two day LIFE training includes: Day 1: The Impact of Learning Disabilities on Adult Foundational Learning• How LD affects an adult’s daily life and learning• Red flags for possible LD• How to talk to learners about possible LD• Different kinds of LD• Instructional strategies and methods Day 2: Supporting Adult Foundational Learners with ADHD • How ADHD affects an adult’s daily life and learning• Signs and symptoms for possible ADHD• Accommodations and Coping Strategies• Instructional Strategies and Methods• Resources Training Facilitator: Anne Price, Ph.D., R. Psych. Director, Clinical Services, CanLearn Society Dates: May 30th and 31st, 2017 Times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (both days)   Deadline to Register: May 16th, 2017. A minimum of 8 participants is required to run this training.  Fees (includes materials, snacks and lunch): CALP Staff; First Nations College Staff; CCI Staff: $150.00Other Organizations: $300.00 Note: Pre-registration is required; space will not be reserved without payment. To register, please complete the online registration form and submit payment by credit card.  For more information, please contact:  Cheryl Hollidge Regional Support Staff403-598-1863central@calp.ca Cancellations and Refund Policy: Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations later than two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a credit to be applied to another training opportunity coordinated by the Community Learning Network within the current fiscal period (July 1st to June 30th).  

Books for Babies (Valleyview 2017)

Date: May 31, 2017

Region(s): North, West Central

Location: Valleyview AB

Registration for this training is now closed. Trainer: Wendy Peverett Books for Babies is a family literacy certificate training developed by the Centre for Family Literacy. The Books for Babies program is for families with young children (under 1 year) that encourages the sharing of books. This training provides information on delivery of a 4-week series of parent sessions. In these sessions parents learn: Why we read to babies, How to choose books for very young children, Different types of books to choose, and Other resources available within communities to families.  In the training, time will be spent on types of books to share and how to share them; also discussion on early child development. As well there will be a focus on facilitation skills, administration details and promotion of the program to participants, funders and partners. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (A minimum of 8 people is required to run this training.) Fees (includes materials, snacks and lunch): CALP, First Nations College and CCI staff: $50.00 Other (non-CALP agencies): $100.00 Note: Pre-registration is required; space will not be reserved without payment. To register, please complete the online registration form and submit payment by credit card. For more information, contact: Tanis Harms, Regional Support Staffnorth@calp.ca780-882-3388 Cancellations and Refund Policy Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations later than two weeks prior to the event are eligible for a credit to be applied to another training opportunity coordinated by the Community Learning Network within the current fiscal period (July 1st to June 30th).