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Welcome to the School of Global Access community of professional development networks. We celebrate life-long learning and are committed to ongoing professional learning that builds capacity within our communities and workplaces. 

Our networks are online communities of practice. A virtual space to engage in professional learning and enrich your practice.


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What Network members are saying

  • Being involved in the ESL Literacy Network is like taking part in a conversation with a community of ESL Literacy instructors. It has enriched my teaching practice in so many ways.
    ESL Literacy Network member
  • I appreciate the leadership from colleagues on these topics. Their presentations were very practical for the context in which we teach at Bow Valley College.
    Faculty member

ELL Training Network

Professional learning for ELL practitioners

The ELL Training Network is a place for ELL practitioners to access professional development workshops, webinars, resources, and information to better meet the needs of English language learners.

In response to the needs of the Calgary ELL community, the ELL Training Network will focus on supporting refugee learners. Over the next two years, we will offer professional development training to strengthen the teaching skills of ELL instructors and volunteer tutors who work with refugee learners. The training will provide information, strategies, and inclusive instructional practices to better support refugee learners in the ELL classroom.

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ESL Literacy Network

Online community of practice for ESL Literacy practitioners

An award-winning professional development website that provides resources, information and an online community of practice to ESL literacy practitioners in Canada and around the world.

The Network provides information on ESL literacy programming considerations, curriculum development and strategies for classroom instruction. The content provided on the ESL Literacy Network is based on years of classroom experience at Bow Valley College combined with research and feedback from ESL literacy practitioners around the globe. The ESL Literacy Network is a place for literacy practitioners to connect, share ideas and learn.

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VESL Network

Professional development for volunteer ELL tutors

Visit the VESL Network to get access to workshops and tutor tips.

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PD Network

Online professional development for School of Global Access faculty

The School of Global Access is committed to building capacity in teaching and learning. For practitioners to be as effective as possible, it is crucial that they continually expand their knowledge and skills.  

Our professional development committee plans professional learning workshops for faculty throughout the year. This online space allows faculty to access workshop summaries, learning materials, and stories. We encourage faculty to visit often.

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What are Networks?

A virtual space to engage in professional learning and enrich your practice
Where We Started

In 2011, we launched the ESL Literacy Network – an online community of practice for ESL literacy practitioners. The award winning ESL Literacy Network received accolades from across North America and received an Innovation in Technology award.

This network is comprised of members from around the world and moved to the School of Global Access website in 2017.

Expanding our Networks

Our commitment to professional learning that builds capacity within our workplaces, led to the creation of the PD Network for our faculty members to share expertise and enhance performance.

We have also created the VESL Network, an online space for volunteer tutors and an ELL Training Network for ELL practitioners.

Benefits of Participating

Each network provides opportunities to:

  • engage in professional learning
  • access resources to support your practice
  • expand your professional learning community
  • interact with your peers to share expertise, co-learn, and enhance teaching practices