Pop Up PD for Literacy Educators 2019-2020

6 Dynamic Webinars to Increase your Knowledge!

Series 1 – Working with Learners in Poverty

Series 2 webinars – Working with Learners on the Apprenticeship Goal Path


Pop Up PD was developed for LBS practitioners by a committee of the Learning Networks of Ontario (LNO) and the Provincial Support Organizations of Ontario (PSOL) and e-Channel.  Our goal is to provide free PD (Professional Development) opportunities to literacy educators via topical webinars.  Technical Support is provided by Contact North.  The work of the Pop Up PD committee is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

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Summary of the 2018-2019 Webinar Series – Enhance Your Practice with Math

All the resources from these sessions.

Those who take all webinars in a series (3) will receive a certificate of recognition from the Learning Networks of Ontario.

Presenter Bios for 19-20 Webinars

Webinar #1 – Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Angela Briscoe from Frontier College will discuss research around literacy and poverty reduction.  This webinar will include an overview of the report’s 11 key research findings and 11 strategic recommendations, which point to the need for improved coordination and collaboration in efforts to address poverty in our communities.  Best practices will be highlighted, such as customizing learning resources and using learner-centred approaches that harness the experience and needs of adult learners.  This webinar will be moderated by Annemarie Wesolowski, Literacy Northwest.

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Webinar #2 – Better Research for Better Practice: Understanding the Characteristics, Experiences and Trajectories of Ontario Works (OW) Clients in Toronto
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Toronto Employment and Social Services conducted a research study of singles on Ontario Works in Toronto.  The focus of the study was to better understand their characteristics, service experiences and needs, how the singles caseload is changing over time, and what factors might predict exits to employment for this population group.
Join us to learn about this important research into the needs of OW clients, including key study findings and how to connect research results to frontline service planning and program design.  This webinar will be moderated by Tamara Kaattari, Literacy Link South Central.

Featured Presenters

  • Christine Carrasco, MPH, Policy Development Officer with the City of Toronto Employment and Social Services
  • Yuna Kim, PhD, Policy and Research Consultant with the City of Toronto Employment and Social Services

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Webinar #3 – Skills Upgrading Programs Supporting People in Poverty
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join a panel discussion moderated by Tamara Kaattari of Literacy Link South Central.  In this discussion you will learn how Literacy and Basic Skills programs assist people who are living in poverty to develop their skills, achieve their goals, and be supported to move on to further education or employment.

Featured Panelists

  • Lori Bruner, Executive Director, Brant Skills Centre
  • Elizabeth Debergh, Executive Director, Wellington County Learning Centre
  • Wendy Olson, Program Manager, Bridges Dryden and Area Adult Learning Centre
  • Jane Tuer, Executive Director, Project READ Literacy Network

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Webinar #4 – Demystifying Apprenticeship Training
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Did you know you can become an apprentice in over 130 trades in Ontario?  Over 50 of those are “Red Seal” trades, which means the qualifications are recognized across Canada.  This webinar will provide you with an overview of what’s involved in apprenticeship training, educational requirements, how to register as an apprentice, the role of employers and job prospects in the skilled trades sector.  The information presented will be useful to both practitioners and learners who want to know more about apprenticeship opportunities and the requirements in Ontario.

Featured Presenter – Barb Glass, Executive Director
College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading

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Webinar #5 – How I became a Journeyperson
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join a panel of journeypersons moderated by Sara Gill, Executive Director of Adult Basic Education Association. Hear about their journey through apprenticeship to skilled trades work.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.  Invite your learners/clients to join in.

Featured Panelists

  • Lindsay Abbott, Electrician
  • Melissa Burger, Millwright
  • Diane Williams, Millwright

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Webinar #6 – LBS Resources for the Apprenticeship Goal Path
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

By the year 2021, 1 in every 5 new jobs in Ontario will be trades-related.  This webinar is about sharing information, resources and tools related to apprenticeship.  Gay Douglas, Literacy Link Niagara and Debera Flynn, QUILL Learning Network will describe the resources that the literacy field is currently using for learners on the apprenticeship goal path.  They will also highlight the gaps and needs identified by LBS practitioners.

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