With so much happening in the sector on a range of issues, it helps to connect with others to exchange information and ideas as part of a peer-sharing platform. ARAISA regional groups identify gaps and current issues, and work on concrete solutions as well as on advocacy. They also are a great opportunity for participants in Atlantic Canada to share knowledge and promising practices in their area of expertise.
Who can participate?
Working groups are open to both ARAISA member and non-member organizations’ staff.
ARAISA currently leads two working groups (PBLA and EAL Literacy) but other groups are being considered and will be announced as they are established.
If you would like to join a working group, get more information, or suggest a working group, contact Solange Mudahogora, our Member Outreach and Event Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-902-431-3206
The Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) working group is a place where lead instructors and other language staff from agencies and institutions implementing PBLA in the Atlantic region can come together in an online format to share and learn from each other. The group meets monthly between September and June and covers topics such as placement policies, reporting, portfolio management, and accountability.
This working group brings together literacy instructors and program administrators from organizations in Atlantic Canada providing programming to English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners. Working with EAL literacy learners, those with 6 years or fewer of formal education can be a daunting task and one that requires a lot of patience, dedication, and skill. Through monthly on-line meetings, group members will identify issues and exchange good practices, explore approaches for working with multiple levels of learners and sub-groups with specific needs, consider strategies for in-class support for instructors, and discuss multiple other topics related to programming.