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August 28, 2014

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


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IFL Orientation Session
September 23

2015 Program Funding
Application deadline
October 1

2014 Program Funding
Final report deadline
January 23, 2015

Integrated Foundational Learning
is back!! 

Create greater success for your adult learners!

Calgary Learns has a unique professional development opportunity for your staff. Our Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) program will help you integrate literacy and essential skills practices into your programs to enhance learner success.

Including literacy and essential skills practices in your programs will help learners understand and use your program content better. The IFL program has 5 workshops which will help you integrate literacy and essential skills into your programs.

The program includes:
  • Training Workshops
  1. Intro to Literacy & Essential Skills
  2. Intro to Facilitation Skills
  3. Advanced Facilitation Skills
  4. Measurement & Evaluation
  5. Plain Language
  • Mentorship from a literacy specialist (limited number available)
  • Customized workshops on literacy and essential skills for your organization, if you are chosen to receive a mentor.
Join us at an orientation session on September 23rd to learn more about:
•    benefits of the Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) program
•    new flexible format
•    new application process
•    opportunity for free mentorship

To RSVP for our orientation session, please go to our website:

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 AM
Where: Fort Calgary, James O.Wilson Gallery, 750 - 9 Avenue SE
Who: Senior Managers, Program Coordinators, Facilitators

“Working with a mentor in the program provided the personal guidance that enabled me to not only to improve our program, processes and paperwork, but it also allowed me to strengthen our message in the community.” – Previous IFL participant

Funded by

2015 Request For Proposals is now open!! 

Calgary Learns supports its member organizations to provide foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians with financial barriers. Foundational learning refers to the basic skills and competencies adults require in order to participate fully in life. These skills include the ability to participate as neighbours and citizens, have satisfying employment and to pursue further learning. Funding is made possible through the support of Alberta Innovation & Advanced Education. October 1, 2014 is the proposal deadline for 2015 programs (to run January to December 2015).

For more information, visit our website:

where you will find:
  • 2015 Request For Proposals (RFP)
  • Application Guidelines
  • Course List & Program Projections template
  • Budget template
  • Declaration & Authorization page
  • Overview of decision making process
If you have any questions after reviewing these documents, please contact Jeannie.

LOLA Highlight - Community Learning Champion

In April 2014, during our Life Of Learning Awards event, Roberta Kuzyk-Burton won the LOLA in the Community Learning Champion category. 

Roberta Kuzyk-Burton is a specialist in career services at the Calgary Public Library. For more than ten years she has been a tireless advocate for the unemployed and underemployed in Calgary, helping job seekers from many cultures and walks of life. Her efforts have resulted in an impressive array of programs and services, and also in strategic and collaborative partnerships with other agencies looking to help Calgarians improve their employability.

Roberta is very responsive to each learner’s needs. She takes pride in her ability to take complex data and present it in a clear and meaningful manner to a wide variety of learners. In 2012-2013, Roberta participated in Calgary Learns’ Integrating Foundational Learning (IFL) project, which resulted in the development and delivery of new staff training workshops at the Library. Roberta organized the workshops and co-led a workshop on teaching technology to adults. Over 80 Library staff participated, increasing their capacity to serve adults at foundational levels of learning.

A volunteer career coach noted, “So often, Roberta is working behind the scenes to give people more options and avenues to success.” She strives to offer up-to-date learning opportunities based on trends in job search, career networking and the labour market.

Roberta’s extensive experience in assisting people to develop their skills has made the Library’s slate of career programs one of the most comprehensive among large urban public libraries in the USA and Canada.

Roberta Kuzyk-Burton accepting the award from Linda McKay-Panos, President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education

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