Instructor Training & Professional Development

For practitioners to be as effective as possible, it is crucial that they continually expand their knowledge and skills.

We are an established leader in the delivery of professional development to practitioners, enabling educators to better meet the needs of diverse learners.

The Centre is committed to building capacity in teaching and learning, and we share our expertise in numerous ways. Centre experts facilitate both face-to-face and online professional development opportunities that allow practitioners to reach beyond their classroom walls and tap into a wider network of resources and support.

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Join a CEIIA Network

Enrich your practice.

At the Centre, we celebrate life-long learning and are committed to ongoing professional learning that builds capacity within our communities and workplaces. 

We offer a community of professional development networks that provide opportunities to:

  • engage in professional learning
  • access resources to support your practice
  • expland your professional learning community

We currently have two well-established networks and will be launching a financial literacy network and a volunteer ELL training network in the coming months. Explore our networks and enrich your practice.



Stories from the Field: Volume 3

Innovations in ESL literacy programming

Stories from the Field Volume 3 is a new series of stories that explores innovations in ESL literacy programming that have been spearheaded by the CEIIA. Over the past fifteen years, the CEIIA has become a recognized leader in the field of ESL literacy, producing a wealth of resources that have been developed and vetted by ESL literacy experts.

This unique applied research project is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning and the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA). Stories from the Field Volume 3 reports on current issues, challenges and innovative work happening in the adult literacy and essential skills field throughout Alberta. Stories from the Field Volume 1 and Volume 2 were both published in 2014. 


Volunteer ELL tutor training

Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors. The project is funded by Calgary Learns and is the collaborative effort of three Calgary ELL service providers: Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library, and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. VESL provides six face-to-face training workshops throughout the year that are offered free-of-charge to volunteers working with English language learners in Calgary.

The VESL Network is updated regulary and contains handouts from previous training workshops, tutor tips, volunteer profiles, and other useful information.

In 2015, VESL was the proud recepient of the Calgary Learns' Life of Learning (LOLA) award in the category of Learning Communities. Read more on the blog: VESL Celebrates a LOLA