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March 18, 2015

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

IFL workshops
March 31, April 7, 14, 21 & 28

Annual General Meeting &
Life Of Learning Awards

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Community Consultation
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Initiative Funding

Every spring, Calgary Learns accepts applications for one-time grants to address emerging learning needs and new approaches in adult foundational learning. Initiative grants support research, curriculum development and/or piloting of new programming. This year the Initiative grant maximum is $20,000. 

Proposal deadline: June 1st. For details and application forms, visit our website.

Ensure your initiative is a fit-call before starting your application
We strongly encourage anyone with an innovative idea to give Jeannie Finch a call prior to beginning a proposal.  As our long-time Grants Coordinator, Jeannie welcomes the chance to discuss your idea and offer advice regarding Calgary Learns’ funding mandate and process.

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 Jeannie at our office to preview your draft Initiative proposal during the week of May 18 through 22. Contact Jeannie to arrange a meeting and email her a draft of your proposal 4 to 5 days prior to that date. 

Jeannie can be reached at 403-266-6444, ext 2 or

Learn - Celebrate - Support

Additions to your to-do list:

Sign up for the Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) workshops. Workshops start March 31.

RSVP if you'd like to attend our Life Of Learning Awards (LOLAs). If you have a ticket, you have to activate it by sending in your RSVP. Seating is limited.

Join us and support further innovations in this field to address the needs of adult learners. Let's have some fun and run (walk) with us in the Calgary Marathon or consider donating directly to this cause. Our charity challenge code is 88899.
[RUN/WALK]          [DONATE]

Join Our Team: Aboriginal Liaison

Recently, Calgary Learns received additional funds to start a granting stream for Aboriginal Literacy and Foundational Learning in Calgary. As we design this granting stream, we will be working closely with Aboriginal leaders and educators to determine needs and ensure funds are allocated effectively.

Are you looking to be part of a meaningful project? Do you have in depth knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and traditions to share? Do you enjoy building things from the ground up? If so, Calgary Learns is looking for you to join our small yet nimble team through this contracted Aboriginal Liaison position. Application deadline is March 26, 2015.

Uncovering What Matters: Impact Evaluation

Mini-Conference organized by the Calgary Public Library

In the public sector it is our job to design, develop and maintain services & programs that are impactful and meaningful for the people we serve. Information is power, and evaluation the most powerful weapon we have. Effective evaluation allows us to convey the impact and the value of our work to the community, to our funders and our stakeholders. It is more than just counting numbers, but a system through which we can prove and improve the way we make our towns and cities better places to live. Evaluation is a powerful tool for any organization, and a true act of leadership from those who adopt and champion it.

But what does good Impact Evaluation look like? How do we do it successfully? Where do we start, and how do we work evaluation into our already-busy schedules?

Join us at Calgary Public Library on May 4th for our Spring Mini-Conference as we answer these questions and more. Learn about the value of qualitative data, how to design meaningful evaluation, and how to communicate value to your stakeholders.

Message Board

Further Education Society (more information on their website)
  • Mar 31-April 2: Literacy and Parenting Skills (LAPS) Workshop
  • April 15-17: Literacy and Parenting Skills Workshop (LAPS)
  • April 22-24: English as a Second Language LAPS Workshop (ESL-LAPS)
  • April 22-23: Group Works Workshop
  • Apr 23-24: Basic Financial Literacy Workshop 
Literacy Alberta
  • Looking for some lightly use furniture? Check out what Literacy Alberta has to offer: pictures of furniture. First come, first serve. Contact Literay Alberta if you are interested in having one or more of these items for your organization: Ava Morasch at 403-410-6775 or email
  • Literacy Alberta has workshop or meeting space open to the public to use. There is no charge for the space. The space holds about 15 people comfortably, has a kitchen and free parking space. We are accessible by public transit as well. Available Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm.  To book please contact Ava at or Lorraine at
Community Learning Network
  • Employment Opportunity: Regional Support Staff (application deadline March 20)
    The Community Learning Network is seeking five highly self-motivated individuals to act as full-time Regional Support Staff for the Community Adult Learning Program. There is one position available in each of 5 geographic regions within Alberta. More information.

If you have any classes, funding, professional development, award opportunities, and/or (non-fundraising) events, that you want us to promote, please fill in our promotion request form.
Please note: we will only promote activities that are relevant to adult foundational learning in Calgary and we will post them at our discretion.

If you have informational article to share in our newsletter that will benefit the adult foundational community, please contact Nicky.

In case you missed it

Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop:
  • Read Forward (RF) is a reading assessment tool designed to be used with adult literacy learners (
  • The Alberta Reading Benchmarks (ARB) are a set of standards that measure reading ability in adults (
  • ERA helps reduce e-waste through reuse, recycling and donation of refurbished equipment to Canadian charities @DonateRecycleIT
  • RESOURCE: Do you have students working on their driver's test? Literacy Alberta's Clear Language Driver's Guide
  • Calgary Public Library is delivering library cards and early literacy information to children at Calgary's daycares. Whether your child is four days old, or four years old, it’s not too early or too late to help him or her develop early literacy skills!
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