ECALA offers Professional Development (PD) opportunities for our Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) funded organizations, their staff and volunteers, individual members, and other community practitioners. By offering relevant and practical PD, we are building a stronger and more capable system to support the foundational learners we serve in Edmonton. Workshops and training are essential tools for practitioners to stay informed about the often complex learning needs of foundational learners, and keep up-to-date on the latest research, information, and practices.
ECALA believes that building capacity within the community starts with building capacity within the practitioners. Our professional development opportunities help practitioners respond to the changing needs of their learners by showcasing new facilitation strategies and tools, discussing best practices for adult foundational learners, and helping create connections within their community of practice.
The CALP Professional Development Outcome Measurement and Evaluation (OME) Framework’s vision is to help “CALP staff strive for excellence in priority areas to change the lives of adult foundation learners.” ECALA works in partnership with the Community Learning Network, Calgary Learns, and Rural Routes to help CALP staff:
- acquire knowledge and skills they need from CALP PD
- actively engage in professional communities
- become leaders and actively shape the CALP PD System
Our Professional Development Specialist, Wendy Peverett, works to offer relevant and practical PD opportunities that are current, varied, and can be easily integrated into professional practice. Practitioners can influence the PD opportunities that ECALA offers through surveys, conversations with our PD Specialist and staff, and during site visits. We work in partnership with other PD providers to offer training in the priority areas of:
- Adult Literacy
- Basic Digital Skills
- English Language Learning
- Foundational Life Skills
- Community Capacity Building
If you are interested in attending one of our PD opportunities, check out our events calendar and training guidelines. If you are a practitioner looking for something new, there are a number of informative resources (websites, articles, research, etc.) available on our Resource page. If you have ideas about what type of training you would like to see, please contact our PD Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.