2015 Term Dates
Term 1 • 28 Jan - 27 Mar
Term 2 • 13 Apr - 26 Jun
Term 3 • 13 Jul - 18 Sep
Term 4 • 5 Oct - 18 Dec
2016 Term Dates
Term 1 • Jan 27 - Mar 24
Term 2 • Apr 11 - Jun 24
Term 3 • Jul 11 - Sep 16
Term 4 • Oct 3 - Dec 20
2015 VALA Conference 'Breaking the Mould'
Two days June 11, 12 • Monash Caulfield
Primary and secondary practitioners from all subject, sectors and settings
It's hard to imagine teaching in a traditional manner in 2015, and yet old habits die hard. The need for our practice to remain not only up to date but also relevant in order to engage our students has never been more acute.
This year VALA gathers together some of the most outstanding international and national practitioners in the field to take us on a special adventure into teaching and learning in the 21st Century. Featuring an expanded program covering 2 days of workshops and presentations, this extraordinary event caters for both Primary and Secondary practitioners from all sectors, subjects and settings. Join us for an unforgettable experience in modern and future learning practice.
Call for presentations
Why not submit your favourite idea, bright spark, insight or best practice?
Call for workshops closes: now March 29
2015 VCAL Induction Day • February 20 • Box Hill Town Hall
Many have provided copies of their handouts and presentations. More will be added as they are provided.
Playmeo • Full access to all the resources • VALA Member only benefit
Full access for VALA members
VALA has subscribed to playmeo - the world's largest online group games database - to give every VALA member FREE access to this amazing online resource.
playmeo features step-by-step instructions, video tutorials & sample lesson plans to 225+ group games and activities including ice-breakers, get-to-know-you games, energisers, trust exercises and team-building & problem-solving activities.
Full access to Playmeo - via member login (you'll need your member login which we provided when you joined or renewed)
playmeo has been developed by Mark Collard, whom many of you will know as a frequent presenter and exhibitor at various VALA conferences and events.
Free numeracy resources
'Building Strength with Numeracy' are adult numeracy resources that will have value for some VCAL classes. The free online materials revise and improve on the iconic adult numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other 'tried and true' numeracy teaching resources.
VCAL First: A guide for teachers new to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
Available for free download
This digital publication, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.
Working Community • free resource
Working Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education. The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.