The Connector – December 19, 2017


December 19, 2017

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Program Funding Proposals
January 15, 2018

Calgary Learns casino
February 14-15, 2018

LOLA nomination deadline
March 23, 2018

Please note, our office will be closed from December 22, 2017 until January 1, 2018.


Reminder to all Program Grant Applicants


January 15, 2018 is the deadline for proposals for foundational adult learning programs that take place between July 2018 and June 2019.

Calgary Learns funds non-profit organizations to provide part-time foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians who face social and economic barriers to learning. Foundational learning focuses on basic literacy and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to fully participate as neighbours and citizens, have satisfying employment, and to pursue further learning.

For more info, visit our website:


LOLA nominations are now open

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.

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.
  • Thanks A Bunch showcases a funder (individual or corporation) whose commitment and financial contribution help support the needs of adult foundational level learners.

Go to our nomination page for more information and forms. Nomination deadline is March 23, 2018.

Casino Volunteers needed

Dear Calgary Learns members, supporters and partners,

Calgary Learns is holding a fundraising Casino on Wednesday February 14 and Thursday February 15, 2018 at Elbow River 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!!

CALP Logic Model Review: Project Update

CLN and Advanced Education have received thoughtful and enthusiastic input from many CALP practitioners and staff as part of the project to review the CALP Logic Model and Evaluation Framework. Thank you to all who have been so generous with their feedback through the focus groups and online surveys!

Please join us for a webinar on January 16, where CLN will share the feedback gathered so far. You will have the opportunity to see proposed revisions, provide your thoughts, and ask questions about any of the proposed changes.

You will need a CALP Portal account in order to register for the webinar.  It’s easy to get an account!  Just click on this link to the form:  CALP Portal Registration form

Once you have your account, you can contact Terri Peters at Calgary Learns for any tips on how to navigate through the Portal. 

Tech Talk – Pilot Workshop, Jan. 23

When:  9 am – 4:30 pm
Audience:  Facilitators/trainers of computer courses
Class limit:  25 participants
Location:   CanLearn – #100, 1117 Macleod Trail SE in Calgary
Parking:  On street and many parking lots nearby
CTrain:  Go to Victoria Park Stampede station and walk north for 3 blocks.  Or go to City Hall station and walk south for 3 blocks.
Presented by:  Literacy for Life Foundation of High River

Snacks and lunch will be provided.
No fee for this course. Funding generously provided by the Community Adult Learning Program branch of Advanced Education.

Link to registration:

IMPORTANT: Bring your own device to the workshop (phone, laptop or tablet) and a set of ear buds/headphones. Some preparation is required (maximum ½ hour) and an email will be sent out a few weeks prior with the information. 
Questions about the course?  Contact Literacy for Life Foundation at:
[email protected]
Workshop description:
This 1-day pilot will provide opportunities for you to gain the understanding you need to be flexible and adaptable when training others in technology. 
This interactive session will provide tools that you can use to encourage learners to identify common concepts, structures and navigational methods, rather than a “step-by-step, how-to approach.”
Facilitation/instruction is based on best practise in adult learning and brain learning. Strategies and activities that can be used with adult learners will be modeled throughout the day.
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of common concepts, structures and navigation methods present across the many different technology tools found in work, play and community, that include but are not limited to tablets, phones and computers.
  • Participants will be able to transfer this knowledge to enhance existing classes or design new ones that better address the rapid changes occurring in the world of technology.
  • Participants will receive current relevant resources that will support their work in building technology skills with foundational and literacy learners.
  • Participants will be provided with information related to methods of instruction like the flipped classroom, gamification, e-mobile learning and problem solving.

Resources – Portal

We hear a lot of comments about people wanting to share resources or wanting a one-stop-shop for resources. Make sure you check out the CALP Portal. Note: for this link you do not need an account, but you might miss out on things. Creating an account is FREE. For more info, check out Terri’s article or contact Terri to get some training on how to use the portal.

Here’s a little taste of what we posted in Resources about Engaging Indigenous Learners

Happy portal-surfing 🙂