The Intersection of Adult Foundational Literacy and Poverty – BLOG

  • BLOG #3 : Stepping into the field “Statistics Canada confirms that “literacy skill level and household income are positively related.” In an information based economy, people who struggle with literacy have a hard time getting a job or making more than a minimum wage. Likewise, higher literacy and numeracy skills are associated with […]
  • BLOG #2: WHAT WE ARE DOING: This past November I facilitated a workshop at the Decoda Literacy Conference in Vancouver. The overall theme of the conference was Fostering Literacy and the conference strands were: Fostering literacy at home, at school, at work and in the community Welcoming immigrant and refugee adults, children […]
  • BLOG #1: WHAT WE ARE DOING: In the spring of 2017, Frontier College hosted a webinar on literacy and poverty. Participants from across Canada joined the discussion. As stated: “the forum was intended to generate discussion of the various ways that individuals and communities can fight poverty through the power of literacy” […]
  • WHO WE ARE: Calgary Learns is a granting agency that supports foundational learning for adult Calgarians. Initiative grants address new and emerging adult foundational learning needs in Calgary. This funding supports community-focused non-profit organizations to research and develop learning resources, and to pilot innovative foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians […]

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Outcomes Measurement & Evaluation
CALP Data Collection Guide: Outcomes‐based Measurement and Evaluation / Learner Demographics (February 2019)

Indigenous Literacy

Literacy & Foundational Learning for Indigenous Adults: Investment Strategy & Framework to Guide Calgary Learns.
Submitted by Métis Calgary Family Services Society. Suzanne McLeod, M.A., Ph.D. (Candidate). July 2016

Preparing the Lodge: Decolonizing Academic Assessment and Learning for Indigenous Learners
A report on the collaborative project 2015-16 Bridges Social Development (Canada Bridges) and St. Mary’s University.

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CALP Portal

What is the CALP Portal?
The CALP Portal is a provincial adult foundational learning website on which you can find:

  • Free downloadable adult learning resources for English language learning, adult literacy, digital literacy – you name it!
  • Discussion groups on various adult learning topics
  • Blogs about adult learning
  • First access to professional development events like the annual Literacy & Learning Symposium
  • And so much more…

How do I register for the Portal?
Community Learning Network administers the Portal. The Portal is free and you will be connected to the other adult learning programs in Calgary and across the province!
Fill out the this form and you will have access to the whole CALP Portal and the Calgary Learns folder on the Portal.

Are there tutorials to help me navigate the Portal?
Yes! Check out the following tutorials, which include a Virtual Tour of the Portal. There are videos and documents you can access that explain:

  • How to search on the Portal
  • How to share Resources and Events
  • How to start or join Discussions
  • How to track your own Professional Learning Plan

How do I find the Portal tutorials?

  1. Login to the CALP Portal at once you have your username and password verified by Community Learning Network
  2. Click on Resources
  3. On the left, under Relevancy Settings, go to the drop down list for Collection
  4. Click on the CALP Portal Tutorials collection
  5. Scroll down and click on Submit
  6. All of the tutorials will pop up in the box on the right

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Adult Foundational Learning Needs Assessment

In 2019, Calgary Learns conducted a needs assessment for adult foundational learning. This resulted in two reports: Calgary’s Adult Foundational Learning Needs Assessment 2019: Summary and Calgary’s Adult Foundational Learning Needs Assessment 2019: Situational Assessment and Community Input. We hope the needs assessment will be relevant in enhancing your understanding of the adult foundational learning field and your work in supporting adults learning at the foundational level.


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Reference guides and directories

As you will notice below, there are a lot of great reference guides out there and it will be up to your organization to look for the directory/resource that works best for you, so you can help your learners find their way.

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Here are a few more interesting links. Enjoy!

  • The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO): CCVO was established in 2004 to strengthen  individual organizations and the sector generally, by building capacity and addressing the larger systemic issues that can ultimately help or hinder their missions. CCVO works to provide leadership on issues broadly affecting the nonprofit/voluntary sector.
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks & Essential Skills: A website that matches the Canadian Language Benchmarks to the Workplace Essential Skills and provides background and resources.
  • The Community Learning Network (CLN): The CLN is a provincial not-for-profit organization that provides leadership, resources, and connections to Alberta’s more than 80 Community Adult Learning Councils (CALCs) The CLN works with Alberta Advanced Education and Technology to enable Councils to address the adult learning needs in the communities they serve.
  • Grassroots Press: Meeting the needs of adult literacy & ESL practitioners and students. Grass Roots Press has been publishing and distributing adult literacy materials to over 4000 individuals and organizations across North American since 1997. The company was founded on the belief that the best resources are those developed by literacy educators. From tutor training materials, to landmark research findings, to exceptional student materials.
  • Money Mentors: A not-for-profit consumer service providing workshops, information and counselling programs on; budgeting and basic money management, debt repayment and credit.

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High School Upgrading

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