Professional Development


Welcome to the Professional Development bulletin board. Professional Development listings for Social Workers, Settlement Workers, ESL Teachers,  Employment Counsellors …or anyone with an interest in working with immigrants and other newcomers. The training events & workshops listed on this page are not affiliated with Cooperative ESL MinistriesIf you are looking for our training events, please click here.

Training events sponsored by ATESL ( and VESL ( will be listed on this page (they are included in our monthly newsletter as well). Also, be sure to see the For Teachers page for many valuable sites for self-study.


CCIS: Refugee Trauma, Children and Adolescents

This session will discuss the challenges related to youth survivors of war trauma. Interventions tips and support advice will be offered. This session is designed for service providers, teachers, and anyone interested in the refugee population.

Thursday, November 5  9:30am – 12:30 pm

CCIS – Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
1111 – 11 Ave SW, Calgary

To register click here.


TESL Canada – Settlement Language National Network

Did you know that TESL Canada has revamped its organizational chart to create an Elected Director position with the specific mandate of addressing the needs of TESL Canada’s membership who work in Settlement Language programs? There is an operational committee at TESL Canada called the Settlement Language National Network. The goals of this committee are to empower settlement language providers provincially and nationally by:

  1. Providing timely access to information, initiatives and resources relevant to the needs of settlement language providers including program administrators, managers, instructors, child-minding staff and learners across Canada through the TESL Canada website.
  2. Identifying and prioritizing issues of importance for settlement language providers including program administrators, managers, instructors, assessors, child-minding staff and learners in order to better inform policy and decisions makers concerned with better meeting the need of settlement language programs.
  3. Providing opportunities for settlement language providers including program administrators, managers, instructors, child-minding staff and learners to share information and make recommendations relating to nationally comparable services, resources, research and best practices.
  4. Providing opportunities for discussion and networking for settlement language providers including program administrators, managers, instructors, child-minding staff and learners at relevant national and provincial conferences for purposes of identifying and discussing issues unique to settlement language programs.

To these ends, the committee has established a Network of representatives from across the country. You can find out more about the network and the SLNN at: The committee is also working to ensure that there is national representation for Language side of settlement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s work in this area.

If these goals and the work of this committee is of interest to you and you would like to be informed, provide feedback, and/or be more involved, please email Please include your full name, your current employer, your title, and your preferred email address for correspondence. The committee is also in the process of indentifying priority areas – so feel free to provide any feedback or suggestions in your email as well.


Workshops & Sessions offered by SOT and Ethos Youth and Family

Session A: Programs for Immigrants and Refugees Affected by Trauma
Session B: Survivors of Torture in our Midst
Session C: Refugee Trauma: Children and Adolescents
Session D: Working Therapeutically with Immigrant and Refugee Families Surviving Trauma

To register click here. (Search by session name) For more information, contact Jill Edgington at 403-290-5466 or All workshops are free.


Professional Development for ESL Teachers: ATESL Calgary Wikipage

The Co-Chairs of ATESL Calgary Local have set up a wikipage for ESL teachers. This page will be a forum for discussion and a place where you can read and post interesting articles, information and resources related to teaching and ESL. Please feel free to share the link with your colleagues. To join the group:

  • Go to
  • From there, click “join this wiki” in the top left of the page.
  • On the right side of the home page you will see tabs for various pages including links to articles on reading and vocabulary and the ATESL and TESL Canada homepages.
  • You can add a new page and add a link to a web document or article. Click on” new page” on the top left and follow the prompts.
  • You can also start a discussion from the home page. Click “discussion” and follow the prompts.

If you have any questions, please email