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May 19, 2015

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community

Special Edition

Join our Community Consultation

RSVP deadline is fast approaching!

We look forward to gathering with you for an important session to discuss a few upcoming shifts in Calgary Learns funding. These shifts are a result of revisions to the provincial operating guidelines that govern our learning grants. Join us for an interactive morning to learn more about these changes and provide valued input as Calgary Learns works to align our granting with these new guidelines.  

When:  May 26th, 2015, 9 am- 1:30 pm
Where: CNIB, 15 Colonel Baker Place NE, Calgary
Who: Program Leadership (coordinators, EDs)
What: Information, Input, Conversation and Lunch

This event  will include lunch. RSVP by May 21.
Ensure your voice is part of this conversation!

We still need your help!!

One of the province’s proposed changes is an increase in tracking of numerical data. Most of our sister Community Adult Learning Councils across the province provide direct programming and can easily accommodate this new tracking. As a granting council Calgary Learns does not work directly with learners, therefore we are negotiating with the province to clarify what data is valuable for us to request from funded programs.

In order for us to negotiate on your behalf, we need your help. We need to get a baseline of current data you track in your Calgary Learns-funded programs. Please complete the following survey by May 21 to show what you currently track. It should only take 5-7 minutes to complete:

PD Opportunity
LIFE = Learning Is For Everyone

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 possible as many as 60% of adults in literacy and foundational learning programs have learning disabilities.  In addition, an estimated 50% of individuals with LD also have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).
We, adult foundational learning practitioners, are not qualified to diagnose learning disabilities, but it is important for us to understand, recognize and support the unique learning challenges and needs of these learners.

Calgary Learns is pleased to partner with CanLearn Society to extend this training opportunity to the adult learning community.  Join Dr. Anne Price and Nada Jerkovic for informative and interactive sessions. 

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 LD and attention issues
  • A repertoire of skills 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 
Date(s): June 3 and June 10 (optional*)
Time: 9:30 AM - 4 PM
Location: CNIB, 
15 Colonel Baker Place NE, Calgary
Investment: Members $50 (June 3rd only), $75 (both days)
Non-Members $75 (June 3rd only), $125 (both days)

*will allow participants to have more breadth and depth
Offered through a partnership with:
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