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Upcoming Webinars

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Virtual Tutor Training: Train-the-Trainer Series

October 17, 24, and 31, 10:00-11:30 am

This series of virtual tutor training sessions is to provide relevant train-the-trainer materials and teaching methods that can be delivered in a variety of formats.

The materials developed for these webinars can be found on the Decoda website.

Presenter’s Bios

Joan Exley has worked in community literacy for over 20 years and as an educator throughout her life. Joan is the Community Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy in Nelson, BC. She has a strong commitment to lifelong learning, collaborative community development, and the power of literacy to change lives.

Katia Bois has a degree in language teaching and over 10 years’ experience in this field. Over the course of her career, she has taught French as a Foreign Language to children and post-secondary students, worked as a Spanish Language & Culture specialist, and trained English tutors. Currently, Katia is an Education Coordinator at Project Literacy Central Okanagan where she helps learners achieve their literacy goals so they can have a better future.

Maureen Kehler has worked for Decoda for over 10 years and was a literacy advocate for many years before that. She has trained tutors in adult literacy programs and was involved in community development through her work as a literacy outreach coordinator. Maureen believes that by helping people develop their literacy skills, we are taking steps toward equity and inclusion.

 

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Using The Westcoast Reader in the Classroom

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am

During this 1 hour webinar, Jade Chan will provide participants with ideas and suggestions on how The Westcoast Reader can be used in the classroom. Different activity ideas to engage learners at various stages will be shared. Jade will refer to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and LINC levels; however, the activities can also be applied to other learning settings. Time will be given to participants to share their ideas and tried activities.

Presenter Bio

Jade Chan has over ten years of experience in education, including teaching and curriculum planning for students from kindergarten to adults. Previously, Jade worked at Sylvan as a Centre Director. She holds degrees in Linguistics and Education. Jade is a passionate educator who believes that literacy is a key to opening doors for people so they can have better job opportunities, better health and a better life overall.

 

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Teaching Digital Literacy

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Information and registration coming soon!

Community Adult Literacy Benchmarks Part 1 & 2

Wednesdays, November 23 & 30, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am

In Part 1, learn about the benchmarks, where they came from, and how they are used to measure progress. Looking at the reading and writing domains, we will examine the cognitive processes that exist within these domains, increase understanding about what they are and how they fit together to support the development of complex essential skills.

In Part 2, learn how to compare CALB with other benchmarks using the “Crosswalk” and how to use the CALB with the Adult Literacy Database. We will also provide suggestions on various real-life ways to monitor and assess learners’ progress. There will be discussions for attendees to learn from each other during this interactive webinar.

Presenter Bio

Jade Chan has over ten years of experience in education, including teaching and curriculum planning for students from kindergarten to adults. Previously, Jade worked at Sylvan as a Centre Director. She holds degrees in Linguistics and Education. Jade is a passionate educator who believes that literacy is a key to opening doors for people so they can have better job opportunities, better health and a better life overall.

better health and a better life overall.

 

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Canadian Adult Reading Assessment (CARA) Part 1 & 2

Wednesdays, December 7 & 14, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Assessment helps to ensure that the student’s learning journey continues to be successful. In this workshop, you will learn how to administer and interpret the results from the Canadian Adult Reading Assessment (CARA). This tool provides diagnostic information that will enable you to identify a student’s reading pattern and choose effective teaching strategies. You will also learn how this assessment tool helps you place learners on the Community Adult Literacy Benchmarks.

Presenter Bio

Jade Chan has over ten years of experience in education, including teaching and curriculum planning for students from kindergarten to adults. Previously, Jade worked at Sylvan as a Centre Director. She holds degrees in Linguistics and Education. Jade is a passionate educator who believes that literacy is a key to opening doors for people.

 

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Questions?

For questions or suggestions about webinars contact Maureen Kehler, Program Manager, at mkehler@decoda.ca.