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Practitioner Practices and Critical Reflection

September 30th

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honors the children who never returned home, the Survivors of Indian Residential Schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component… Read More »September 30th

Digital Divide -practitioner resources and tools

A new season of adult foundational learning is upon us. After more than two years of major changes and challenges due to public health restrictions, programs are facing myriad decisions. Among them: Will programming return to in-person delivery? Will some programming be online? Would a mix of online and in-person… Read More »Digital Divide -practitioner resources and tools

Tips From the Field

In Support of Frontline Staff Delivering In-Person or Blended Programs This Fall It has been two years since Covid restrictions required us to switch to online program delivery. Terms like “meeting learners where they are at” and “learner-driven delivery” took on a whole new meaning. Frontline program staff learned to deliver… Read More »Tips From the Field

Tips From the Field – Outcome Measurements and Evaluation (OME’s): Why They Matter

Sharing delivery approaches used in CL-funded programs that reflect best practices in adult foundational learning theory. Adult foundational learners return to the classroom in hopes of developing the skills and confidence to fully participate in their lives – whether that be in relationships, employment, community involvement or further learning. Calgary… Read More »Tips From the Field – Outcome Measurements and Evaluation (OME’s): Why They Matter

When the ‘Pivot’ Becomes the Practice: responding to online / remote / blended instruction and learning needs

Two Calgary Learns projects In 2020, Calgary Learns brought together a small group of adult foundational learning practitioners in a initiative project called the Pivot to Remote Learning Community of Practice. Our final report has some very good information and recommendations for organizations and practitioners who have shifted to online/remote/blended learning. This… Read More »When the ‘Pivot’ Becomes the Practice: responding to online / remote / blended instruction and learning needs

Shifting to Online/Remote/Blended Adult Foundational Learning Programming – Field Notes

The following are collated field notes from many Community Conversations held from April 2020 to winter 2021. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated, shared their learnings, their wisdom and their passion for finding ways to support adult literacy and foundational learning in a sudden shift to virtual platforms. We… Read More »Shifting to Online/Remote/Blended Adult Foundational Learning Programming – Field Notes

Attracting, Retaining, and Engaging Adults as Learners

Across the past 8 months, every professional development session, including Community Conversations, and each Community of Purpose gathering has touched on the persistent issue of attracting/retaining and engaging adult learners. Practitioners have shared a lot of information and we have gathered that knowledge and experience through our newsletters over the… Read More »Attracting, Retaining, and Engaging Adults as Learners