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October 4, 2016

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

December Networking
December 1, 2016

Deadline Program & Initiative Grant Applications for July 2017/June 2018 programming
January 16, 2017

Final report due for 2016 programs
January 23, 2017

REMINDER: don't forget to RSVP for our October 13 event.

Date: Thursday, October 13
Location: CNIB, 15 Colonel Baker Pl NE, Calgary (map)
  • 9AM - 12PM: Recognizing Indigenous Literacy: Foundational Learning for Indigenous Adults
  • 12 - 1 PM: Resource Fair
  • 1 - 3:30 PM: Community Consultation
More info & RSVP:      RSVP deadline = October 6!!
See you there!! 

Are you looking for ideas to help struggling learners?

The CanLearn Society has received funding from Calgary Learns to develop a Practitioner’s Toolkit to support reading instruction for adult learners with suspected learning disabilities.  It is estimated that at least 30% and as many as 60% of adults in literacy and adult foundational learning programs have learning disabilities (LD). The Toolkit will assist instructors to understand an adult leaner’s strengths and needs and to connect this understanding with appropriate intervention focusing on practical strategies to build confidence, overcome negative self-perceptions, increase motivation/engagement of learners and strategies to improve reading skills.

To assist with this work, CanLearn is inviting practitioners to participate in two ways:
  • Completing a survey about practice in the field:
  • Participating in a focus group to review materials and provide feedback.  The focus group will meet three times over the coming year. 
For more information about the focus group, please contact Anne Price 403-686-9300x110,

IFL mentorship - case study is due October 31

Thanks to the Calgary Foundation grant, we were once again able to support many organizations this year with the Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) project. In addition to various workshops, we were able to send out our mentors to 9 different organizations to help them integrate foundational learning into their programs.

Just a friendly reminder to those who received mentorship this year: your case study is due October 31. You should have received your case study guide in July, but in case you didn't get it or if you need help, please contact Terri Peters or Nicky Peeters.

LOLA Profile - Learning Communities: Humanities 101

St.Mary’s University staffSince 2009, the St. Mary’s University campus has been home to Humanities 101. Learners in this unique program have faced poverty, immigration, violence, negative educational experience, addictions, homelessness, and other interruptions to learning. They meet two days a week for four months, where history, culture, and the arts come alive through storytelling and the lens of multiple perspectives. Field trips to the theatre, art galleries and museums—a first visit for many—round out their learning experience.

The Humanities 101 program provides a safe, welcoming and innovative learning approach, all while removing the barriers these students would face elsewhere. Tuition and textbooks are free. Transit tickets are supplied. Childcare is covered. Volunteer tutors are available for extra help. A hot, nutritious meal is shared around a community table before each class.

During celebrations at the end of each semester, student after student comes forward to speak about the life-changing and profoundly positive effects they’ve experienced because of Humanities 101. Graduates have gone on to degree studies, further course work, employment and meaningful volunteer roles.

We applaud the tremendous dedication of Dr. Tara Hyland-Russell, who has been a driving force in creating and sustaining Humanities 101, as well as the St. Mary’s faculty and larger student body that have rallied around the program to ensure it stays. Each year, students raise thousands of dollars, and students and faculty line up to volunteer their time and expertise.

Social change is at the heart of Humanities 101, giving learners real hope for the future. This model learning community is a true cause for celebration!

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