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. 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.

The CALP PD system 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
  • 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.

If you receive ECALA funding the CALP Gudielines require you to take the following training within the current funding year:

  • Introduction to Adult Foundational Learning
  • CALP Essentials in Family Literacy Programs (only programs that use family literacy as a mode of delivery)

If you are interested in attending one of our PD opportunities, check out our events calendar and training guidelines. If you have ideas about what type of training you would like to see, please contact our PD Specialist at pd@ecala.org.