Family Literacy Required Training Update

Family Literacy Required Training Update

Project Update

The following is an update from the Community Learning Network regarding the Family Literacy Required Training Project:

Purpose of the Project: The intent of the new training will be to focus on supporting CALPs to implement the principles and best practices of Family Literacy to deliver programs that help adult learners acquire foundational skills, and to:

  • Maintain the integrity of CALP Family Literacy programs in the province by identifying Family Literacy theory, principles and best practices
  • Help CALPs to plan and deliver Family Literacy programs that focus on the achievement of adult literacy and foundational learning outcomes, in alignment with the CALP Guidelines

Working group: To provide input into the development of required training that focuses on Family Literacy as a mode of delivery in the achievement of adult foundational learning objectives, in alignment with the 2018 CALP Guidelines:

  • Working Group Members: Sue Stegmeier, Jane Brenner, Monique Sedlar, Darlene Thompson, Tracey Earl-Wolfe, Kimberly Cairns, Alana Johnson, Barbara Moore Coffey, Wendy Peverett, Ben Hartt, Iona Neumeier, Amanda Giang, Corrie Rhyasen Erdman, Odette Lloyd, Tanis Harms, Lisa Dickner
  • Met on Nov 22 in Edmonton
  • Spent the day examining key focus areas for the training and generating a set of themes and topics to recommend to the Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee: Will design and develop the curriculum for the training and produce materials for training (facilitator manual, participant manual, PPT):

  • Curriculum Committee Members: Nada Jerkovic, Wendy Peverett, Corrie Rhyasen Erdman, Tanis Harms, Rebecca Still, Cheryl Lovstrom, Odette Lloyd, Lisa Dickner
  • Met on Nov 26-27 to build on the recommendations of the Working Group
  • Key themes that emerged from the cumulative & collaborative processes of both groups:
  1. History of Family Literacy
  2. Why Focus on Adults in CALP Family Literacy Programs
  3. Differences Between Family Literacy and Family Literacy Programs
  4. Learners in CALP Family Literacy programs
  5. CALP Outcomes and Measures in Family Literacy Programs
  6. Principles and Best Practices
  7. Further Learning

 Next Steps:

  • Curriculum Committee will develop a framework for the training curriculum, which will be reviewed by the Working Group on February 26
  • Feedback and recommendations will inform the curriculum
  • Curriculum Committee will develop training materials for the 3 pilots which will run in the spring

Evaluation feedback from the spring pilots will inform changes to the curriculum and the training will be piloted a final time at the Literacy and Learning Symposium in September 2019