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April 5, 2016

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Calgary Learns Celebrates
April 21, 2016 at Fort Calgary

Indigenous proposal deadline
NEW DATE: May 25, 2016
Initiative proposal deadline
June 1, 2016

Calgary Learns casino
July 27 & 28, 2016

Initiative Funding - call for proposals

Our funding call is now open! We welcome your new project ideas to support and enhance emerging learning needs in adult foundational learning. Initiative Funding and Indigenous Initiative Funding guidelines and application documents are ready for download.
  • This funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum  of $20,000
  • Projects focus on research, curriculum development, piloting of new programming and/or instructor skill development 
  • Projects must demonstrate community need and an innovative response
  • Piloted learning opportunities must be non-credit and part-time
  • Learners in piloted learning opportunities must have financial barriers
Initiative proposal deadline: June 1st  
NEW DATE: Indigenous proposal deadline: May 25th

Ensure your initiative is a fit – please call before starting your application
Initiative applicants: contact Jeannie 403-266-6444, ext 2
Indigenous Initiative applicants: contact Monique 403-266-6444, ext 4

Get feedback on your draft proposal – book a Proposal Preview
Proposal Previews are an opportunity to receive feedback on your proposal prior to submitting your final draft. We invite applicants to meet with grant staff at our office to preview your draft Initiative proposal. Contact us to arrange a meeting and email a draft of your proposal 4 to 5 days prior to that date. 
  • Initiative applicants: May 16 - 20 with Jeannie
  • Indigenous Initiative applicants: May 2- 6 with Monique 

Triple event on April 21

WHEN: April 21, 2016
WHERE: Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Avenue SE

1 – 2:30 PM    Indigenous Adult Literacy
  • PART I: David Bouchard will speak to the reality of Indigenous chances in the current educational situation, from the curriculum to evaluation, centered on one’s ability to read. Until today, Indigenous students have been at a crippling disadvantage. With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings, things can and should improve.
  • PART II: Investing in Indigenous Literacy and Foundational Learning for Indigenous Adults. We know that services and programs allocated to the Indigenous community are not always delivered in culturally meaningful and defined ways. The approaches to learning are different among Indigenous people, and the lack of literacy impacts individuals and families in the long term on multiple levels. Our overall learning objectives are to develop a culturally relevant model of “literacy” for Indigenous people; ensure that future-funded programs are delivering relevant, authentic and effective programs that address historical impacts; and co-create an investment strategy that is culturally and socially relevant which also meets the funding requirements of Calgary Learns.
  • PART III: Q&A and feedback from the audience

3 – 3:30 PM    Calgary Learns' Annual General Meeting
Hear about our year, elect our new Board, eat delicious food, mingle with your community!

4 – 6 PM    The LOLAs (The Life Of Learning Awards)
Keynote speaker: David Bouchard, who will talk about his work life as a Métis author and his dream of creating books in the Indigenous languages.

The LOLAs celebrate and honour the contributions and accomplishments in Calgary’s adult learning field. The LOLAs are presented to outstanding educators, programs, supporters and learners to recognize their dedication and spirit. They highlight the value of foundational learning and the differences education makes in our community.

Volunteers needed - Casino


Dear Calgary Learns members, supporters and partners,

Calgary Learns is holding a fundraising Casino on Wednesday July 27 and Thursday July 28, 2016 at Cowboys Casino. The proceeds from the Casino help Calgary Learns further support the Adult Foundational Learning Community.

We need several volunteers to fill day & night shifts on both days. If you are able to donate your time, please click HERE to volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, email Nicky

Thank you in advance!!

New Resources

Bow Valley College: writeforward - a new open-source literacy assessment tool
Bow Valley College just released writeforward, a brand new free literacy assessment resource designed to assess and strengthen writing skills and strategies for home, work and community. It is based on adult learning principles and current writing theory, and  is aligned with Canada’s Essential Skills framework. Check out its three Quick Start videos. You may also be interested in readforward. Also free, readforward is  an easy to use resource for assessing and strengthening reading skills and strategies. Both come with simple-to-navigate websites and user guides.
Rural Routes: Free online training for ELL teachers and volunteer tutors
Rural Routes is a long-standing provincial initiative with a mandate to strengthen delivery of English Language Learning in rural communities. They recently diversified service delivery to now include online learning opportunities through web-conferencing tools. The original Rural Routes PD workshops are adapted for an e-learning platform and pedagogy.
  • ESL Tutor Training
  • Assessment
  • Strategies for Teaching Grammar
  • Interactive Strategies for Teaching Speaking
  • Strategies for Teaching Pronunciation: Part 1 &2
  • Strategies for Teaching Reading (and vocabulary)
  • Strategies for Teaching Writing
  • Strategies for Teaching Listening
Feel free to access recordings of past online sessions from Rural Routes Online.
CanLearn Society: Training and tools on learning disabilities and ADHD 
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