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Upcoming Webinars

Register for one of our upcoming professional development webinars.

Join us on May 5th for a workshop on Teaching with the Westcoast Reader  (WCR). In this one hour workshop, Felisha will offer ideas on how to use the WCR as a reading, writing, speaking and listening resource for different learning levels in virtual and physical classrooms. She will also explain the different digital resources the WCR offers.

Felisha has a background in adult English education and Canadian literature studies. She understands how the WCR helps learners feel connected to their communities, their country and the English language. Felisha feels honoured to work with such an important and well-loved resource. In addition to her work with the WCR, Felisha spends her evenings helping newcomers to Canada thrive in their communities. She has just completed her BEd.

Teaching with the Westcoast Reader with Felisha Chuter – Wednesday, May 5, 4 pm – 5 pm

Have you ever wondered if you can legally photocopy an exercise sheet? How about using an image posted on social media? With a shift to online learning, we are faced with these kinds of questions more and more.

Join us on May 12th for the Introduction to Canadian Copyright webinar. You will receive an overview of Canadian Copyright law and how it affects your day-to-day work. We will explain what copyright covers and doesn’t cover, what you can and cannot copy, and what you can freely use. Learn how to legally use materials both online and in person.

Lea Edgar is the new librarian with Decoda Literacy Solutions. Lea has been working in the information field for over ten years. Prior to Decoda, Lea worked as the Librarian & Archivist at a local museum where she licensed the use of photographs, audio and video and helped staff legally use media in everyday business.

Introduction to Canadian Copyright with Lea Edgar – Wednesday, May 12, 12 pm – 1 pm

Literacy practitioners in BC have been looking for alternate methods for training volunteer literacy tutors. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need.

Join us for this series of six virtual tutor training sessions presented in three train-the-trainer webinars. The series will include an introduction to digital learning. Participants will receive all of the presentations, lesson plans and learning materials.

Session #1 May 18th, 10 am PDT:  Maureen Kehler and Samantha Letourneau

Introduction to Digital Learning
The Tutor Learner Relationship
Principles of Adult Learning

Session #2 May 25th, 10 am PDT: Joan Exley

Teaching Reading
Teaching Writing

Session #3 June 1st, 10 am PDT: Joan Exley and Katia Bois

Teaching IT
Lesson Planning

Virtual Tutor Training: Train-the-Trainer Webinar Series – Tuesdays, May 18, 25, and June 1, 10:00 am – 12 pm

Presenters’ Bios:

Maureen Kehler has worked as a literacy advocate for many years. She was involved in community development and partnership building through her work as a literacy outreach coordinator and in pilot programs for adult learning and ESL in the Fraser Cascade region. Maureen has been a program manager at Decoda for nine years.

Samantha Letourneau is the Executive Director of Literacy Central Vancouver Island in Nanaimo.

She loves working in the field  of literacy  as it is truly transformative and emancipatory in its nature and provides space for both the learner and the facilitator to share and gain knowledge together.

Joan Exley has worked in community literacy for 22 years and as an educator throughout her life. Joan is the Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy in Nelson, BC. She has a strong commitment to lifelong learning and the power of literacy to change lives.

Katia Bois has 15 years’ experience in language education. During her career, she’s taught French as a Foreign Language to children and post-secondary students, worked as a Spanish language expert and cultural liaison, and trained English tutors.

Katia is now an Education Coordinator at Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society. She works closely with individuals and families to create a path to achieving their literacy goals so they can have a better future.

The Team

The project team also includes Margaret Sutherland from Decoda Literacy and Diana Twiss from Capilano University.



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