We’ve offered a variety of professional development opportunities through our webinars this year. Click on the links below to watch the webinar recordings, look at the PowerPoint slides, and access the resources for each topic.
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- Adult Literacy Database
- Awarding Digital Badges
- Canadian Adult Reading Assessment
- Community Adult Literacy Benchmarks
- Community Kitchen Digital Badges
- Cooking on a Budget
- EDI 101 (Early Development Instrument)
- Financial Empowerment through Budgeting
- Instructional Strategies for Reading Part 1 and 2
- Instructional Strategies for Writing Part 1 and 2
- Love 2 Learn
- Money Smart Digital Badge
- No one way: Teaching Methods, Enhancing Learner Motivation, “Why We Teach”
- Online Learning: Panel Discussion
- Using The Westcoast Reader in the Classroom
- Using The Westcoast Reader as a Digital Resource
- Trauma Informed Practice
- Volunteer Boundaries and Burnout
Adult Literacy Database
Learn why the ALD was developed and how to use it in your program. Let’s get you started!
Awarding Digital Badges
In this session you will learn about open digital badges and the variety of badges available through Decoda. You will tour the Adult Literacy Database to view the steps for awarding badges to learners and for downloading them to a digital backpack.
Canadian Adult Reading Assessment Part 1 & 2
In this two-part series, you will learn about the Canadian Adult Reading Assessment (CARA). This tool provides diagnostic information that will enable you to identify a student’s reading and comprehension patterns and choose effective teaching strategies to support the development of both. You will also learn how this assessment tool helps you place learners on the Community Adult Literacy Benchmarks.
Community Adult Literacy Benchmarks Part 1 & 2
In Part 1, learn about the benchmarks, where they came from, and how they are used to measure progress. Looking at the reading and writing domains, we will examine the cognitive processes that exist within these domains, increase understanding about what they are and how they fit together to support the development of complex essential skills.
In Part 2, learn how to compare the CALB with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and other benchmarks using the “Crosswalk”. We will show how to benchmark through self-assessment and how to use the CALB with the Adult Literacy Database.
Community Kitchen Digital Badges
Learn about the new Community Kitchen Digital Badges, how they can be used in your community programs to honour and recognize the achievements and progress of the participants and encourage them to continue to advance and build their skills. Learn about the 2 badge levels, the 7 learning outcome topics and the teaching resource booklet and how you can use these resources in your program. Webinar starts at 3:29
Cooking on a Budget
Cooking on a Budget is a fun way to teach financial literacy and numeracy. Learners practice kitchen math while preparing, cooking, and enjoying a meal. In this session Chrisy will provide an overview of the Cooking on a Budget program. She will share her experience tailoring the program specifically to meet the needs of her community. Chrisy will explain the program curriculum/manual and how it can be used and adapted. Participants will be provided with explanations of how to execute this program as well as highlights of some of the activities used during the sessions.
EDI 101 (Early Development Instrument)
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) uses the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to gather data about children’s development at age five. The EDI measures childhood vulnerability rates, reflecting how children’s experiences and environments in the first five years of their lives have affected their development as a whole. Please join HELP’s own Dr. Barry Forer, Research Associate, and Melanie Hientz, EDI Implementation Manager, in an introduction and exploration of the EDI. Webinar participants can expect an overview of the EDI, a summary of the trends and patterns we are seeing in the data, and insight into how this information can – and is – being used collectively to support children and families across BC.
Financial Empowerment through Budgeting
Coming to terms with your finances, especially when it comes to income vs. expenses and needs vs. wants can be an emotional and often negative experience. Creating a realistic budget that allows you to track your money and save for the important things in your life is a key foundation of healthy money management. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of designing a budget that will enable you to not only identify where your money goes but that acts as a tool to empower you to improve your financial health. It will also explain our money personality and how it impacts our financial behaviour. How to goal set and discern between needs and wants will also be covered.
Instructional Strategies for Reading Part 1 and 2
In this two-part webinar series, you will learn the fundamentals for supporting reading development in adults. Part one will focus on lower level readers and non-readers; part two will focus on developing comprehension skills and work with higher-level readers.
Instructional Strategies for Writing Part 1 and 2
In this two-part webinar series, participants will learn the fundamentals for supporting writing development in adults. Part one will focus on strategies for beginning writers; part two will focus on strategies to continue writing development with higher-level writers.
Love 2 Learn
This webinar will give a general overview of the Love 2 Learn program. Love 2 Learn is an early learning program for 3-5 year olds and their parents/caregivers and includes exploring resources, story time, snacks, activities, and a weekly Ideas 2 Go package for families. This webinar will include a program description, an overview of the Love 2 Learn resource manual available through Decoda, a look at the Love 2 Learn digital badge and a Q&A
Money Smart Digital Badge
Learn about the Money Smart badge, the outcomes that need to be met and some of the resources available to bring financial literacy to your learners
No one way: Teaching Methods, Enhancing Learner Motivation, “Why We Teach”
A three part series with Dr Allan Quigley.
In the first webinar we will discuss who our learner population is and what some of the special considerations are for teaching adult literacy learners. We will discuss the pros and cons of three proven teaching methods (1.logical sequencing, 2. discovery learning, 3. social learning) and some practical “take-aways” will be included.
The second session will build on the first by discussing research on enhancing learner motivation. In particular, adult literacy-applicable motivating approaches for our learner population; including 1.self-directed learning, 2. liberatory learning, and 3.transformative learning). The session will include some practical “take-aways.”
The last session will focus on “Why we Teach?” with discussion on four well researched adult teaching approaches: 1. Vocational, 2. Liberal, 3. Liberatory, 4. Humanist. Pros and cons of each will be discussed with real life examples of each.
Online Learning: Panel Discussion
Join us for a discussion about online learning. Shanti Ang, Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Surrey, will talk about online one to one learning in their adult program. Marci Bulloch, Program Manager of Adult Learning, will talk about how she works online with groups of adult learners. Chrisy Hill, Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Elk Valley, will talk about how she provides family literacy programs online.
The questions we’ve asked: How did you get started? Why did you choose the platform that you did? What are the challenges? What are your successes?
Using The Westcoast Reader in the Classroom
The Westcoast Reader is a newspaper for learners. The articles in The Westcoast Reader are distinguished by Level 1, 2 and 3 books. They cover themes such as current events, people, health, food, holidays, and more.
During this webinar, Carolyn will provide participants with ideas and suggestions on how The Westcoast Reader can be used in the classroom. Different activity ideas to engage learners at various stages will be shared. Carolyn will refer to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and LINC levels; however, the activities can also be applied to other learning settings. Time will be given to participants to share their ideas and tried activities.
In addition, you will learn about The Westcoast Reader bursaries and how to subscribe to the newspaper.
Using The Westcoast Reader as a Digital Resource
Trauma Informed Practice
In this webinar, we will look at recent research on the impacts of trauma on the brain. This will include a discussion of the brain/body connection and the human energy field.
A theoretical framework that explains behaviours we may face in the classroom will set the stage for a discussion of compassionate trauma-informed adult learning practice.
Volunteer Boundaries and Burnout
This session reviews some key points to help volunteers maintain boundaries with their learners. We also discuss how coordinators can ensure that volunteers don’t suffer from burnout. A variety of volunteer management resources are shared.