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October 15, 2014

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Integrated Foundational Learning workshops
Start on Oct 28, 2014

December Networking 
December 9, 2-4 pm

Calgary Learns casino
Volunteers needed
January 1 & 2, 2015

Program Funding 2014
Final report deadline
January 23, 2015

PD Opportunity - Register today!!

Calgary Learns is thrilled to be able to launch our third offering of the Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) program again this fall. Workshops start October 28 - don't miss out!!

What is IFL?
  • IFL is a great PD opportunity for educators who work with adult learners at diverse learning levels, especially with learners who struggle in typical classrooms. 
  • IFL makes the content of your learning programs more accessible by helping instructors understand better how to match learning tasks to learners’ current capacity. 
  • To date, fifteen agencies and well over 100 staff have seen gains for their adult learners as a result of IFL. 
In addition to the five workshops, there is a wonderful opportunity to benefit from the expertise of a literacy and essential skills specialist. Organizations can choose how they would like to participate in the IFL program: workshop(s) only or workshops combined with mentoring.
Workshops (maximum of 3 people per organization):
* Each workshop is offered twice, at different times, days and locations in hopes of accommodating your busy schedule.

Cost: $20/workshop for members or $30/workshop for non-members. Not sure if your organization is a member? Check our 
list of members.
To sign up for the workshops, please click HERE.


The program also includes the benefit of being mentored by literacy and essential skills specialist. The mentorship includes:
  • Literacy and Essential Skills Mentor to support program
  • Customized workshops
The mentorship requirements are:
  • A minimum of 2 staff members (consistent) must attend all workshops (exception: the Intro to Facilitation course is for staff who have little facilitation experience.)
  • Apply for a mentor in November. There are 10 mentorships available.
  • Organizations will be notified in December if they will receive a mentor
  • Work directly with your mentor in 2015 for a minimum of 20 hours
  • Receive customized workshops from the IFL facilitator at your agency
  • Present your IFL experience at a conversation cafe and publish a case study
!! Calgary Learns Member Agencies who are chosen to receive a mentor will be reimbursed up to $200 for workshops attended !! Please contact us if you have any questions.

This IFL program is funded through the generous support of

Be Part of the Voice for Adult Foundational Learning

Join Calgary Learns and be part of a networking community with strategic connections, the collective ability to shape the learning landscape for foundational learners, and funding opportunities. Together we strengthen Calgary’s voice for adult foundational learning.

Join us
Calgary Learns is a membership based organization. All membership fees are used to provide events and resources for our members. We would love for you to join us in one of two ways:
To be part of this strategic network, simply select the type of membership you want, complete the form and send back to Calgary Learns along with a cheque for your membership fee.
Member Benefits

Calgary Learns supports its members by:
  • Advocating for foundational learners with government, funders and within our community
  • Offering shared learning and professional development opportunities
  • Providing networking opportunities to share best practices and resources
  • Providing funding opportunities
Members will also receive
  • One vote at our Annual General Meeting
  • Complimentary tickets to our Life of Learning Awards (the LOLAs)
  • The opportunity to participate in our Community Consultations
  • Complimentary tickets to our December networking session
  • Our newsletter “The Connector” with links to the latest research, resources and information from the adult learning community
  • Special member pricing for any additional training sessions
Note: In order to receive funding you must be a Calgary Learns member.

The LOLAs - Nominate your Star in the Adult Foundational Learning Community

Do you admire someone who excels as
an adult learner or adult educator?
Is there a learning program or project out there
that deserve extra recognition?
How about an extra-ordinary funder?

Consider this opportunity to honour these hardworking and enthusiastic people and send in your nomination form for the
Life Of Learning Award (LOLA)!

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.

The Life of Learning Awards will be presented at Calgary Learns’ award ceremony on Wednesday April 22, 2015.

Calgary Learns presents awards in the following categories:
  • Adult Learner for a learner at a foundational level who loves learning, stands out in his or her efforts to keep learning and inspires others by example.
  • Learning Champion for an educator/facilitator or program designer who makes a great contribution to community-based adult foundational learning and supports the essential skills development in learners.
  • Learning Communities for a learning program/project that stands out in innovation, effectiveness and breadth of reach into the adult foundational learning community.
  • NEW! Thanks A Bunch showcases a funder (individual or corporation) who’s commitment and financial contribution help support the needs of adult foundational level learners.
Go to our website for more information and nomination forms: 
Nomination deadline is February 14, 2015.

Volunteers needed

Dear Calgary Learns members, supporters and partners,

Calgary Learns is holding a fundraising Casino on Thursday January 1 and Friday January 2, 2015 at Elbow River Casino.

The proceeds from the Casino help Calgary Learns further support the Adult Foundational Learning Community.

We need approximately 40 volunteers to cover the two days, in various shifts. If you are able to donate some time to help Calgary Learns support the Adult Foundational Learning Community, please go to our website to volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, email Nicky

Thank you in advance!!

In Case You Missed It

Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop:
  • When an adult improves their literacy and essential skills, it can improve their health, self-confidence, civic engagement and have a meaningful impact on their children’s literacy level - Alexandra Fortier
  • Consider nominating somebody for a LOLA = Life Of Learning Award!! More info on our website... 
  • Malala Yousafzai is now the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize:  
  • Today = Homeless Awareness Day 
  • What are literacy and essential skills? Do you know the answer? If not, come and check out our workshops!!... 
  • What is foundational learning? Find out more on Oct 28 (9-12) @FurtherEd_CA or Oct 29 (1:30-4:30) @CNIB 
  • PD opportunity: Integrated Foundational Learning workshops offered in Oct-Nov-Dec. Register now!!... 
  • IFL? What is IFL? Have a guess. (hint: it's not Indoor Football League)... 
  • The CanLearn Society is looking for Board Members! 
  • HAPPY ESSENTIAL SKILLS DAY!! And to end our series, here's essential skill #9: CONTINOUS LEARNING - The ability to participate in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge. We use this skill when we learn as part of regular work or from co-workers and when we access training in the workplace or off-site.
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