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SkillPlan hosts national conferences as a culminating event of Essential Skills projects. These conferences involve educators from across Canada.

There are currently no conferences being hosted by SkillPlan.

List of Past Conferences:

Essential Skills in Instruction

Ottawa, October 2009

Essential Skills practitioners and policy makers from across Canada compared practices, shared ideas, and expanded their Essential Skills network. The main theme of the conference was the “How to” of effectively teaching Essential Skills. Many sessions offered opportunities to hear about existing programs and examined methodology. Other sessions took a closer look at approaches taken in various Essential Skills resources. The conference had over 200 attendees and 2 keynote speakers.

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Essential Skills in Action

Winnipeg, May 2005

This national practitioner’s conference increased awareness and promotion of the Essential Skills network and increased implementation of teaching strategies that increase employment success. Presentations included instructional resources with authentic workplace materials, and research and theory on Essential Skills levels. Over 100 participants from across Canada attended.

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Reconnecting the Dots

Ottawa, December 2004

The goal of this conference was to build awareness of new and proposed Essential Skills and Workplace Literacy projects. It was a follow up to the 2003 conference for participants to present reports and confirm connections.

Connecting the Dots

Ottawa, December 2003

This conference built awareness of new and proposed Essential Skills and Workplace Literacy projects. Participant presentations addressed objectives contributing to capacity building of Essential Skills initiatives.