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Session 1: Friday 9:45 - 11:45 am

W1
 
Maximum 20
 
Labour Market Information for LBS and ES Practitioners
This workshop was part of the “Coordinating to Bring Low-Literacy and Marginalized Clients” project, led by Literacy Link South Central.  From this workshop you will have  enhanced understanding of labour market information and where to find it, knowledge of how to use LMI in the classroom to better assist your learners, ability to bridge LBS learners to employment (including an employment task/portfolio). 
 Sara Gill, Adult Basic Education Association
W2
 
Maximum 20
 
 
Appreciating our Gifts through Personality Dimensions    (Part 1 of 2)
This interactive “hands-on” workshop will include exploring the dynamic tool of “Personality Dimensions”.  Explore your own unique qualities and also appreciate the differences and gifts in others.  Additional tools for working with students and their learning needs will also be covered in an effort towards building self-awareness and self-esteem to enhance our community strategies. 
Rae Anne Hill-Beauchamp B.Ed., M.Ed.
W3
 
 
 Mental Health/Illness Awareness: A Required Life Skill
Mental illness awareness has become a required life skill, much like first aid and CPR.  One in five Canadians will develop a mental illness in their lifetime; most Canadians know someone who has a mental illness.  By becoming more informed, we can promote greater understanding and work towards eliminating stigma.
 
Wendy Stanyon, Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
W4
Computer
Lab
 
Mobile Learners’ Toolkit: Simple Applications for Powerful Results                                                
This interactive, hands-on workshop for teachers and learners demonstrates how to (1) access and use built-in tools on your mobile devices,  (2) create audio and video content using YouTube and YouTube mobile app, and (3) implement these tools and innovate m-learning strategies in the Adult Literacy context.  Please bring your own earbuds with mics.
 
Dr.  Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas, Athabasca University &  Svetlana Lupasco, YRDSB
W5  
Teaching Without Telling: Disrupting Normative Models of Instruction Using Creative Communication to Maximize Student Learning, Engagement and Independence.  (Part 1 of 2)
 To teach is not to tell. In this two-part workshop, participants will identify and disrupt normative instructional models to master three creative communication strategies which triangulate to effortlessly enhance student learning, engagement and independence, whether one-on-one, in small groups, or in large classes.
 
Megan Pratt, OCT, M. Ed, Mohawk College
W6
 
Mohawk College Access Programs, Aboriginal Education, Transition and Student Services
Panel Discussion—This workshop will provide an overview of resources and programs at Mohawk College, particularly access programs, aboriginal education, and transition and student services.  This presentation will have a panel from the college to offer an overview of and to answer questions about a variety of access programs including Career Pathways, Academic Upgrading, CICE, and LINC, to name afew.  The panel will also include experts in Aboriginal Education and transition supports for students.
Dr. Rebecca M. Mills, School of Communications and Preparatory Studies, Mohawk College
W7 Effective inclusion: Strategies of integration for the Aboriginal student in the
Liberal Arts curriculum  (Part 1 of 2)
In this interactive and engaging workshop, participants will discuss and investigate: (1) established belief system of Aboriginal Students entering the Liberal Arts Classroom, (2) Aligning Liberal Arts curriculum expectations & outcomes with the Aboriginal Student, (3) Teaching the essay—strategies to integrate into the Liberal Arts learning environment that will enhance Aboriginal learning and success, (4) Teaching the essay—barriers that impact the integration of strategies.
Sarah Maloney and Paula D’Amico, Professors, Niagara College

Session 2: Friday 1:30 - 3:30 pm

W8
 
 
 
Critical Thinking and Engagement in Literacy Learning
 This session will focus in on the ways that literacy learning and critical thinking and engagement are part of a wider pathway toward multiple literacies and inclusive learning.  Drawing on a variety of techniques, the presenter will engage the audience in some critical thinking practices to support multiple learners and multiple literacies.
 
 Rhonda Dynes, MA, M.Ed, Communications Professor at Mohawk College       
W9
 
Maximum 20
 
 
Appreciating our Gifts through Personality Dimensions    (Part 2 of 2)
This interactive “hands-on” workshop will include exploring the dynamic tool of “Personality Dimensions”.  Explore your own unique qualities and also appreciate the differences and gifts in others.  Additional tools for working with students and their learning needs will also be covered in an effort towards building self-awareness and self-esteem to enhance our community strategies. 
Rae Anne Hill-Beauchamp B.Ed., M.Ed.
W10
 
 
 Boredom, Battles and Bad Behaviour:
How to tame your board of directors and create a high-performing team
This lively workshop examines some of the most common negative board issues, represented by 5 imaginary board members: Lazy Laura, Negative Ned, Historical Harry, Pushy Patrick, Undependable Ursula & Social Sara—and suggests techniques to tame their behaviours, bring the board into alignment and create a high-performing team.  Participants will review the characteristics of effective teams and relate them to the board experience.
 
Gay Douglas, Gay Douglas and Associates Consulting Firm
W11
Computer
Lab
 
Google Apps for Education and Nonprofits, and Chromebooks,
oh my! A new way to manage your class, assignments and resources
Join us to learn about Google Apps for Education and for Nonprofits.  Find out how you can set up an account and quickly manage accounts and assignments for your entire class.  We will explore various Apps and discuss how they can be effectively utilized with learners, plus we will demonstrate how you can connect and manage devices, such as Chromebooks with your account.  Don’t have a Chromebook? We will show you how you can turn regular laptops into Chromebooks as well.
Monika Jankowska-Pacyna, AlphaPlus Consultant
W12  
Teaching Without Telling: Disrupting Normative Models of Instruction Using Creative Communication to Maximize Student Learning, Engagement and Independence.  (Part 2 of 2)
To teach is not to tell. In this two-part workshop, participants will identify and disrupt normative instructional models to master three creative communication strategies which triangulate to effortlessly enhance student learning, engagement and independence, whether one-on-one, in small groups, or in large classes.
 
Megan Pratt, OCT, M. Ed, Mohawk College
W13
 
Student AGM
All students/learners attending the conference are welcome to attend and provide input into literacy issues, and suggestions to literacy agencies.  Students/Learners from LLO member agencies will be voting for student representative on the LLO Board of Directors.
LLO Student Committee, Diana White, Mary Ann Baker
W14 Effective inclusion: Strategies of integration for the Aboriginal student in the
Liberal Arts curriculum  (Part 2 of 2)
In this interactive and engaging workshop, participants will discuss and investigate: (1) established belief system of Aboriginal Students entering the Liberal Arts Classroom, (2) Aligning Liberal Arts curriculum expectations & outcomes with the Aboriginal Student, (3) Teaching the essay—strategies to integrate into the Liberal Arts learning environment that will enhance Aboriginal learning and success, (4) Teaching the essay—barriers that impact the integration of strategies.
Sarah Maloney and Paula D’Amico, Professors, Niagara College

Session 3: Saturday 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

W15
 Maximum 20
 
 
 
Financial Literacy—Budgeting: You and Your Money
 The workshop has been created with the goal of teaching individuals
¨ About budgets
¨ How to create a budget for their own household
¨ How to apply their budget in their spending and savings in order to reach financial goals
 
 Sara Gill, Executive Director, Adult Basic Education Association, Hamilton
 
W16
 
 
 
 
Great Marketing: Where to Start and How to Keep the Attention
 
Many nonprofits, especially small organizations, struggle with marketing.  This workshop provides organizations with a place to start and strategies to keep going.
 
Frances Yarbrough,  Executive Director, North Simcoe Victim Services
W17
 
 
 Collaboration, Communication, Creativity
The goal of this workshop is to provide knowledge, strategies, and resources to improve service to clients with learning and developmental differences. 
¨ Recognizing effective  (and ineffective) patterns
¨ Executive and Cognitive Functions: impact and strategies to overcome the struggle
¨ Motivate for success
¨ Effective ways to communicate, collaborate and get creative
Kristina Campbell, B.A., AOGPEA, Educational Therapist
W18
 
Computer
Lab
 
Mobile Learners’ Toolkit: Simple Applications for Powerful Results   (REPEAT)

 This interactive, hands-on workshop for teachers and learners demonstrates how to (1) access and use built-in tools on your mobile devices,  (2) create audio and video content using YouTube and YouTube mobile app, and (3) implement these tools and innovate m-learning strategies in the Adult Literacy context.  Please bring your own earbuds with mics.
 
Dr.  Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas, Athabasca University &  Svetlana Lupasco, YRDSB
W19 Supporting & Developing Successful, Independent Learners and Critical Thinkers:
Preparing first year students as academic thinkers
There is a general belief system amongst students that the approaches they found effective to their success in high school will enable continued success across the college learning experience. Many 1st year students struggle because they have not established the independent critical thinking techniques necessary to ensure success in the college learning environment.  This workshop will present best practice stratagems in preparation for the first year of college.
 
Sarah Maloney and Paula D’Amico, Professors, Niagara College
W20
 Maximum 20
Finding Your Inner Artist: Think Outside the Box
Hands-on workshop using items found around the house.  Learners will create their own beautiful creations. 
Come discover your inner artist and have some fun.  All supplies provided.
Laura Lee, Orillia & District Literacy Council
W21 A Storybook Model to Support Adult Literacy for
Persons with Mental Health Issues (Part 1 of 2)
Using a storybook model, this workshop will provide hands-on training to support literacy learning for adults who experience mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia and autism.
 
Susan Docherty-Skippen, Instructor, Faculty of Education, Brock University

Session 4: Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 pm

W22
 
 
 
 
A Storybook Model to Support Adult Literacy for
Persons with Mental Health Issues (Part 2 of 2)
 
Using a storybook model, this workshop will provide hands-on training to support literacy learning for adults who experience mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia and autism.
 
Susan Docherty-Skippen, Instructor, Faculty of Education, Brock University
 
W23
 
 
 
Volunteer Recognition 2.0
 
Recognition may be the last piece of the volunteer engagement process we think about but a well-thought-out recognition process contributes to strong volunteer recruitment and retention practices.
 
Frances Yarbrough,  Executive Director, North Simcoe Victim Services
W24
 
 Living Indigenous Literacy
 
This workshop will provide an example of how Indigenous knowledge and skills, together with Indigenous pedagogies of storytelling and hands-on experience can provide learners with ideas on working towards their entrepreneurial goals using traditional knowledge and skills.
 
Michelle Davis and Bonnie Jane Maracle, Ontario Native Literacy Coalition
W25
 
Computer
Lab
 
 Google Apps for Education and Nonprofits, and Chromebooks,
oh my! A new way to manage your class, assignments and resources   (REPEAT)
 
 This interactive, hands-on workshop for teachers and learners demonstrates how to (1) access and use built-in tools on your mobile devices,  (2) create audio and video content using YouTube and YouTube mobile app, and (3) implement these tools and innovate m-learning strategies in the Adult Literacy context.  Please bring your own earbuds with mics.
 
Monika Jankowska-Pacyna, AlphaPlus Consultant
W26 Critical Thinking and Engagement in Literacy Learning  (REPEAT)
 This session will focus in on the ways that literacy learning and critical thinking and engagement are part of a wider pathway toward multiple literacies and inclusive learning.  Drawing on a variety of techniques, the presenter will engage the audience in some critical thinking practices to support multiple learners and multiple literacies.
 
 Rhonda Dynes, MA, M.Ed, Communications Professor at Mohawk College
W27
 
Three Awesome Things Combined
#PuppyMonkeyBaby, #LearnNetworkShare

1. At least three new things in LBS
2. My top 3 (challenges, needs, successes)
3. Three round tables

Learn, network and share with you colleagues during this informal, yet awesome session!
 
Robyn Cook-Ritchie, Laubach Literacy Ontario