ECALA offers Professional Development (PD) opportunities for our Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) funded agencies, their staff and volunteers, individual members, and other community practitioners. We build a more robust and capable system to support the foundational learners we serve in Edmonton by offering relevant and practical PD. Workshops and training are essential tools for educators to stay informed about foundational learners’ often complex learning needs 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 educators. Our professional development opportunities help educators respond to the changing needs of their learners by showcasing new facilitation strategies and tools, discussing best practices for adult learners, and helping create connections within their community of practice. If you are an educator looking for something new, many informative resources (websites, articles, research, etc.) are 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

As of January 2022, ECALA has instituted a $20 fee for some of the professional development opportunities we offer. This fee includes training costs and related materials. The registration form will indicate if there is a charge for the session.

If you are not connected with one of ECALA’s funded agencies (staff, volunteer or facilitator), there will be a $20 registration fee/person. CALPs outside of Edmonton will be charged this fee. ECALA will send an invoice to the contact listed on your registration form. This fee does not pertain to the Lunch and Learn sessions or some hosted training (e.g. Rural Routes).

Our Professional Development team works to offer relevant and practical PD opportunities that are current, varied and can be easily integrated into your professional practice. Educators have the opportunity to influence the PD opportunities that ECALA offers through session evaluations, surveys, conversations with our staff, and during site visits.

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, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our ECALA team.