2013 Conference supporters

VET Development  Centre logoVET Development Centre

The Centre manages a Victorian Government funded program that offers scholarships to the value of $1000 for practitioners intending to study a diploma level qualification in VET teaching or TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Further information and application

Consumer Affairs logo

Get valuable resources from the Consumer Affairs display at the Conference or visit Consumer Affairs now!

St Luke

See Innovative Resources materials at the Induction Day or visit them now.

VEC logo

Passport to Democracy is the VEC's dynamic, interactive and fully resourced program for secondary students.

Parliament of Victoria

The Parliament of Victoria provides a range of educational programs and resources. See their display at the Conference or visit them now.

Road Safety Education logo

RYDA - Equipping young people with the knowledge to stay safe on Australian roads.

Live Out Loud logoWe run high impact, activity based lifeskill programs in schools that inspire, engage and connect students to develop a purpose & reason for being at school. More

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Awards Victoria logo

Awards Victoria - An internationally recognised program that invites young Australians aged 14-25 to realise their ambitions and change their world.

Wheelz in motion logo

Student Health & Wellbeing is the core content & focus of the Wheelz program and supports the outcomes of Personal Development skills as part of VCAL

SAFE-T1

Workplace health and safety resources for young workers and their teachers

MATRIX

Throughout the session descriptions you'll see these icons from the Applied Learning Matrix. The Matrix is a way of interpreting the range of skills and skill-sets teachers of applied learning should be aware of. The Applied Learning Matrix helps to develop different approaches to all applied learning settings including VCAL, VET, Special Needs, Reengagement and Community Education.

Icon for Engagement & Re-Engagement SkillsEngagement & Re-Engagement Skills

Indicates a program or resource aimed at establishing initial engagement or interest in learning.

Icon for Work & Vocational SkillsWork & Vocational Skills

Indicates a program or resource aimed at establishing pathways and extensions into work, on-the-job training or further study aimed at securing a recognized qualification.

Personal and Social SkillsPersonal & Social Skills

Indicates a program or resource aimed at encouraging personal effectiveness via community involvement, teamwork, personal awareness and positive self-esteem.

Icon for Core and Life SkillsCore & Life Skills

Indicates a program or resource aimed at developing both core literacy and numeracy skills and skills for living such as digital and financial literacy, transference of knowledge to the real world and consumer awareness.

Program and session details

New style plenary!

Applied Learning continues to flourish and diversify and to put some light on this growth, this year instead of one expert speaker, VALA extends the conversation with a panel of 4 special guests; each of whom brings with them a new perspective to the picture.  

We know you will find something of interest in this rich and stimulating opening session.

Repeated Sessions!

No need to miss that critical workshop! This year we have been able to get some of our keenest presenters to offer their sessions more than once in the program. So even if one fills up you can still catch it in the repeat.

PROGRAM

REGISTRATION OPENS 8.15 am

OPENING AND PLENARY 9.00 am

Welcome:

Gill Meek, VALA President; Adam Whitbread, VALA EO

Topic: "Youth disengagement: strategies and challenges for the future"

David Murray, Executive Director, Youth Partnerships Secretariat, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Topic: "What next for Applied Learners? The nexus between Secondary and Tertiary environments"

Dr Helen Weadon, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, The Business School, University of Ballarat

Topic: "MoneySmart Rookie: Financial Literacy for Young People"

Michelle Bonardi, Financial Literacy Outreach Educator, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

GROUP A 10:05-11:00 am

A1

What's this about?

A1 The 4 Rooms of Change (Session repeated in Block B)

Steve Higham, Deputy Principal, MacKillop College

The Four Rooms of Change is a simple psychological theory that has ramifications for any community of practice, whether it is a classroom, group of people with a common interest and/or a workplace. The aim of this session will be to introduce you to the Four Rooms of Change and some of the potential of this many-layered program. The content will be centered on the programs origins, its opportunity to develop social emotional learning and its potential to help people make sense of change. When exposed to the theory the participants lens will be both personal and organizational.

A2 VCAL Online (Session repeated in Block B)

A2

What's this about?

Dominic Brash, St Kilda Youth Services (SKYS) and Natasha Dickinson

VCAL Online is a new approach to applied learning. Using web 2.0, social networks and key applied learning theory; VCAL Online represents a new way of reaching those students most in need of reengagement with education. This workshop explores the journey the VCAL Online Team has taken so far and our plans for the future of the VCAL Online Project.

A3 Money-Smart Rookie - Financial Literacy for Young People

A3

What's this about?

Michelle Bonardi, Financial Literacy Outreach Educator, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

Showcasing ASIC's latest Money-Smart Rookie financial literacy resources for young people. Along with the supporting educator guides, this will assist you in the delivery of financial literacy education. Resources include videos, practice phone conversations and more.

A4 VALA Community VCAL Round Up

A4

What's this about?

Hosted by David Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer

Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network (INLLEN), Chair of the State EO network of LLEN’s

Following from the highly successful BSL (Brotherhood of St Lawrence) Community VCAL Round Table in December last year, VALA continues this important conversation at the cutting edge of reengagement work. A select panel of best practitioners in the field of Community VCAL share their latest works and research. A must see for anyone working in Community VCAL.

A5 Eco projects that build communities

A5

What's this about?

Susan Bollard, VCAL Coordinator, Mount Eliza Secondary College

With no budget and limited resources, Mount Eliza S.C. has developed an innovative and challenging course that encourages students to participate in a vast array of environmental and sustainability focused projects. Susan Bollard has developed a range of activities that have taken students beyond the classroom and into the wider community with amazing outcomes for the young people involved. This session is of relevance to teachers new to VCAL and/or those interested in using a large-scale environmental project to focus attention on sustainability and community development.

A6 VCAL & Work Related Skills in the real world

A6

What's this about?

Tim Thompson, VET/VCAL Coordinator & RTO Manager, St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully

This session focuses on how to turn series of contacts with a local business into a sophisticated and highly engaging long term partnership. Working with Bunnings Scoresby store, students from St Josephs College in Ferntree Gully developed a close working relationship that enhanced both organizations ability to deliver meaningful and sustained outcomes in their community. Participants will examine the benefit of turning a VCAL program towards real work outcomes through corporate partnership. This discussion will also attempt to explore, in a collaborative forum, contemporary issues around corporate involvement in education…what are the risks and benefits? Are we as educators clear about what opportunities and drawbacks corporate partnerships present to our students? Active audience involvement via technology will feature in the discussion so feel free to bring your opinions along with your wifi-ready smartphones and tablets.

A7 VCAL Inspirations Show-bag (Session repeated in Block B)

A7

What's this about?

Lyn Maniz, VCAL Coordinator, Ballarat SC

The VCAL Inspirations Show-bag is packed with project inspirations you can take away with you. There is a practical component in the workshop, focusing on different materials you can explore with your students and plenty of Literacy and Numeracy ideas that can be shared. This sessions ‘Connecting Conversations’ will include professional networking opportunities while you work. Participants will walk away from this session with a show bag of ideas they can immediately use in their classrooms.

A8 Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage (Session repeated in Block B)

Annalise De Mel, VIC Coordinator - The Big Issue Classroom, The Big Issue

CANCELLED

A9 Don’t Miss The Boat - Connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Session repeated in Block B)

Jules Dymke & Jilli Romanis, Mental Health Trainers, Karingal Training

CANCELLED

A10 Numeracy with a BANG! Engaging your students with deep impact practical activities (Session repeated in Block B)

A10

What's this about?

Justine Sakurai, VCAL Numeracy Teacher , Holmesglen Vocational College

Light a numerical fire under your students, then create and explode! Productive, busy, physical activities can make numeracy more meaningful and relevant for VCAL students. This workshop will outline some of the rugged activities aimed at all levels of the VCAL, with hands-on activities and follow-up tasks that can be modified to suit individual learners. These are real ideas for the real world, so get your hands dirty! This workshop is not for the fainthearted! (Session repeated in Block B).

A11 Simple Activities That Help Students Connect (Session repeated in Block B)

A11

What's this about?

Mark Collard, Playmeo

A practical, interactive workshop presenting a series of activities that Mark uses to invite young people to connect with one another. They are all simple, non-threatening, and contagiously fun - which makes engaging your students so much easier. Mark will focus on demonstrating an actual sequence of activities, and follow-up with a brief discussion of how you can integrate similar activities into your curriculum. You will be able to immediately implement these ideas, and will take away many activity ideas and resources to equip you with the skills to do this for yourself.

MORNING TEA 11.00-11.30 am

GROUP B 11:30-12:30 pm

B1 The 4 Rooms of Change (Repeat of session in Block A)

B1

What's this about?

Steve Higham, Deputy Principal, MacKillop College

The Four Rooms of Change is a simple psychological theory that has ramifications for any community of practice, whether it is a classroom, group of people with a common interest and/or a workplace. The aim of this session will be to introduce you to the Four Rooms of Change and some of the potential of this many-layered program. The content will be centered on the programs origins, its opportunity to develop social emotional learning and its potential to help people make sense of change. When exposed to the theory the participants lens will be both personal and organizational.

B2 VCAL Online (Repeat of session in Block A)

B2

What's this about?

Dominic Brash, St Kilda Youth Services (SKYS) and Natasha Dickinson

VCAL Online is a new approach to applied learning. Using web 2.0, social networks and key applied learning theory; VCAL Online represents a new way of reaching those students most in need of reengagement with education. This workshop explores the journey the VCAL Online Team has taken so far and our plans for the future of the VCAL Online Project.

B3 VCAL Across 2 Campuses- Merging Old With New

Debbie Stanway, VCAL Manager, Keysborough College: Banksia Campus

CANCELLED

B4 Judgments and Juggling: Conversations for Performance

Linnet Hunter, Wild Sky Consulting

CANCELLED

B5 Developing a VCAL program

B5

What's this about?

David Gallagher VCAL Manager, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

This workshop will cover the important issues to consider when developing a VCAL program, focusing on what makes a good VCAL program and how programs differ between Foundation to Senior. There will also be an opportunity to workshop developing a VCAL program through the use of mind mapping strategies.

B6 VCAL Integrated Building Program

B6

What's this about?

Andrew Wild, VCAL Coordinator, Catholic College Bendigo

This session focuses on a fully Integrated VCAL Building & Construction Program in Year 11. Students are currently building a Shearing Shed. They are working 1 to 1 & 1/2 days per week building, 1 day per week structured workplace learning and the remainder focusing on WRS, PDS & Literacy tasks linked to the on-site construction. This session will also examine how further links to local industry have improved chances of full-time apprenticeships for these students.

B7 VCAL Inspirations Show-bag (Repeat of session in Block A)

B7

What's this about?

Lyn Maniz, VCAL Coordinator, Ballarat SC

The VCAL Inspirations Show-bag is packed with project inspirations you can take away with you. There is a practical component in the workshop, focusing on different materials you can explore with your students and plenty of Literacy and Numeracy ideas that can be shared. This sessions ‘Connecting Conversations’ will include professional networking opportunities while you work. Participants will walk away from this session with a show bag of ideas they can immediately use in their classrooms.

B8 Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage (Repeat of session in Block A)

B8

What's this about?

Annalise De Mel, VIC Coordinator - The Big Issue Classroom, The Big Issue

This session offers real-life insight into homelessness, marginalization and disadvantage as experienced by thousands of Australians every night. Participants hear first hand from someone who has experienced homelessness, helping to break down stereotypes about homelessness in the community. Attend this model workshop to see how you can incorporate it into your curriculum. Over 30,000 Victorian students have participated in a workshop since 2009.

B9 Don’t Miss The Boat - Connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Repeat of session in Block A)

B9

What's this about?

Jules Dymke & Jilli Romanis, Mental Health Trainers, Karingal Training

Did you miss the boat when it came to true Aboriginal history? Explore the true story of the stolen generation through a powerful presentation 'Dancing in the Dust'. This session features one of its presenters, Jilli Romanis. Journey with Jilli through the maze of issues and leave the session feeling more empowered to table the truth in your own world as a way to bridge the gaps for all Australians.

B10 Numeracy with a BANG! Engaging your students with deep impact practical activities (Repeat of session in Block A)

B10

What's this about?

Justine Sakurai, VCAL Numeracy Teacher , Holmesglen Vocational College

Light a numerical fire under your students, then create and explode! Productive, busy, physical activities can make numeracy more meaningful and relevant for VCAL students. This workshop will outline some of the rugged activities aimed at all levels of the VCAL, with hands-on activities and follow-up tasks that can be modified to suit individual learners. These are real ideas for the real world, so get your hands dirty! This workshop is not for the fainthearted!

B11 Simple Activities That Help Students Connect (Repeat of session in Block A)

B11

What's this about?

Mark Collard, Playmeo

A practical, interactive workshop presenting a series of activities that Mark uses to invite young people to connect with one another. They are all simple, non-threatening, and contagiously fun - which makes engaging your students so much easier. Mark will focus on demonstrating an actual sequence of activities, and follow-up with a brief discussion of how you can integrate similar activities into your curriculum. You will be able to immediately implement these ideas, and will take away many activity ideas and resources to equip you with the skills to do this for yourself.

LUNCH, DISPLAYS, NETWORKING 12.30-1.30 pm

GROUP C 1:30-2:30 pm

C1 The Village - Taking Applied Learning to the Middle Years (Session repeated in Block D)

Katrina King & Lisa Holt, Applied Learning Leader & Assistant Principal, Carrum Downs SC

CANCELLED

C2 Student Focused Integrated Programs...Hands On!

C2

What's this about?

Antoinette Uppman, VCAL Coordinator, Nepean Special School

It's easier to engage students when your program is student centered, focusing specifically on each student and their individual learning goals. This workshop looks at one of the Integrated Programs used at Nepean Special School and why it was so successful. There will be an opportunity to 'integrate programs' to work within a variety of different settings so that you will walk away inspired!

C3 Creating Community Connections – The Sustainable Wetlands Project

Catherine Arnold, Senior Programs Leader/ Careers Counselor, Somerville Secondary College

CANCELLED

C4 Tight Teacher Teams (Session repeated in Block D)

C4

What's this about?

Fiona McNeal, VCAL Coordinator, Berwick SC

How delivering your VCAL program with teams of teachers can enhance student-learning outcomes. Teacher teams share resources, ideas and creativity, as well as support one another. Teacher teams also provide smooth succession planning for your school, and can improve the longevity of your program. In this workshop I will share some of the unit plans and practical activities that teachers at Berwick SC use to engage our VCAL students. You will also have a chance to complete one of the hands on tasks. It will tickle your taste buds.

C5 Effective Assessment Tools for Applied Learning (Session repeated in Block D)

C5

What's this about?

Todd Proud, Pathways Coordinator (Applied Learning & Careers), Catholic College Sale

Participants will be given an overview of the Careers, Enterprise and Opportunity (CEO) Applied Learning Program developed at Lavalla Catholic College and Catholic College Sale. In this program, senior applied learning students create businesses and employ intermediate and foundation students as their employees. Each business must meet a number of criteria, including a community link and developed budget, and also be aligned with the students’ employment and educational goals. The main focus of this session will be to examine how the CEO Program Teaching Team uses evaluation and assessment tools to effectively assess and record student progress within the program. We will also explore assessment of practical work through the use of record books, student journal reflections and e-portfolios. Participants will have the opportunity to take away these assessment tool templates, which are practical and easy to use.

C6 The E Store- Handmade @Nagle; an Award winning program (Session repeated in Block D)

C6

What's this about?

Tina Sonka, Applied Learning Coordinator, Nagle College

In 2012 Nagle developed its own online E-Store. This session will be a fun, creative and informative workshop on how and why the E-Store was developed and how it provided students a chance to problem solve and work in teams. See some very clever examples of handmade student products ranging from wooden iphone cases, board games, woven scarves, piston key rings and much more! Session information includes project ideas and themes, integrating across the curriculum and benefits to students in marketing and selling handmade products. Also covered are Ideas on how to engage difficult girls through workshops, working with funded students, low cost project ideas and resources.

C7 VCAL ideas Snap Shot

C7

What's this about?

Cherie Osta & Geoff Bird, VCAL coordinator - Literacy and PD/WRS teachers, Lorne/Aireys Inlet P-12 College

VCAL integrated projects can be small and school based or large and community based. This workshop will give you a 'snap shot' of ideas that you can use within your school. From unique fundraisers to using local community talents, we will give you practical tips to start something special....along with a little accountability and tracking thrown in.

C8 Barefoot VCAL

C8

What's this about?

Richard Brown & Nick Johns, VCAL teacher & Coordinator, St Kilda Youth Services (SKYS)

This session draws on grassroots connections between VCAL and VET for young adults, community VCAL students and community VCAL teachers, and connections between individual students and student groups. We will showcase different programs offered at SKYS and how these help to form and maintain these connections.

C9 E-Portfolios: Finding real world audiences for Applied Learning

Jason Renshaw, VCAL Literacy Teacher and E-Learning Coordinator, GTEC, Gordon TAFE

CANCELLED

C10 Student Marketplace (Session repeated in Block D)

C10

What's this about?

In line with our 2013 theme, Connecting Conversations, VALA is presenting a new and exciting role for young people to play in our conference.

For the first time, the student marketplace will include VCAL students as part of our group of expert presenters. This session will feature a number of VCAL schools and organizations that have outstanding VCAL stories to tell or projects to share. Groups will show off their projects via visual displays, student presentations and Q&A with the audience. This session will also provide VCAL students with great ‘hands-on’ experience in presenting their ideas in front of an adult group. Come along and take a look at real projects presented by real students!

C11 Using YAMMER as a Sophisticated Networking Tool

Fiona Purcell, Chief Executive Officer, Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network (OELLEN)

CANCELLED

GROUP D 2:30-3:30 pm

D1 The Village - Taking Applied Learning to the Middle Years (Repeat of session in Block C)

Katrina King & Lisa Holt, Applied Learning Leader & Assistant Principal, Carrum Downs SC

CANCELLED

D2 Shopping for learning resources, along with the milk and bread

D2

What's this about?

Roslyn Mullins, Schools Education Adviser, Consumer Affairs Victoria

Ever thought of picking up some classroom teaching resources on your Saturday morning shop? There are lots of literacy and numeracy items in every aisle, and plenty of integrated activities throughout your local supermarket. Let’s talk about the learning-rich world of consumerism and get some free Consumer Affairs Victoria teacher resources thrown in for good measure.

D3 Get Them Talking

D3

What's this about?

Russell Deal, Creative Director, St Luke's Innovative Resources

This highly interactive workshop uses 3 of the conversation-building card sets published by Innovative Resources to demonstrate how simple hands-on materials and visual metaphors can instantly get young people talking about important issues in their lives. These materials have a great track record for engaging with young persons from diverse cultures, non-English speaking backgrounds, with disabilities and with little confidence in public speaking.

D4 Tight Teacher Teams (Repeat of session in Block C)

D4

What's this about?

Fiona McNeal, VCAL Coordinator, Berwick SC

How delivering your VCAL program with teams of teachers can enhance student-learning outcomes. Teacher teams share resources, ideas and creativity, as well as support one another. Teacher teams also provide smooth succession planning for your school, and can improve the longevity of your program. In this workshop I will share some of the unit plans and practical activities that teachers at Berwick SC use to engage our VCAL students. You will also have a chance to complete one of the hands on tasks. It will tickle your taste buds.

D5 Effective Assessment Tools for Applied Learning (Repeat of session in Block C)

D5

What's this about?

Todd Proud, Pathways Coordinator (Applied Learning & Careers), Catholic College Sale

Participants will be given an overview of the Careers, Enterprise and Opportunity (CEO) Applied Learning Program developed at Lavalla Catholic College and Catholic College Sale. In this program, senior applied learning students create businesses and employ intermediate and foundation students as their employees. Each business must meet a number of criteria, including a community link and developed budget, and also be aligned with the students’ employment and educational goals. The main focus of this session will be to examine how the CEO Program Teaching Team uses evaluation and assessment tools to effectively assess and record student progress within the program. We will also explore assessment of practical work through the use of record books, student journal reflections and e-portfolios. Participants will have the opportunity to take away these assessment tool templates, which are practical and easy to use.

D6 The E Store- Handmade @Nagle; an Award winning program (Repeat of session in Block C)

D6

What's this about?

Tina Sonka, Applied Learning Coordinator, Nagle College

In 2012 Nagle developed its own online E-Store. This session will be a fun, creative and informative workshop on how and why the E-Store was developed and how it provided students a chance to problem solve and work in teams. See some very clever examples of handmade student products ranging from wooden iphone cases, board games, woven scarves, piston key rings and much more! Session information includes project ideas and themes, integrating across the curriculum and benefits to students in marketing and selling handmade products. Also covered are Ideas on how to engage difficult girls through workshops, working with funded students, low cost project ideas and resources.

D7 Hands On Learning for years 7-10

D7

What's this about?

Heath Armstrong, Learning Assistant Coordinator/Hands On Learning Coordinator, Lorne Aireys Inlet P12 College

Hands On Learning is an engaging program for our more disengaged students, incorporating many areas of the school and community in short and long term projects. Hands On teaches personal and practical skills and gives students physical reminders around the school of what they can achieve if they work towards a goal. Hands On Learning is a great introduction to those new to VCAL and will also work to enhance many established VCAL projects.

D8 Barefoot VCAL (Repeat of session in Block C)

Richard Brown & Nick Johns, VCAL teacher & Coordinator, St Kilda Youth Services (SKYS)

CANCELLED

D9 Why VET Matters

D9

What's this about?

Penny Vakakis, Executive Officer, Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC)

VET (Vocational Education Training) can sometimes be overlooked, yet it is an essential, in fact compulsory part of VCAL and an important ally to applied learning in general. VET opens many doors to students looking for engagement and further education and training. This workshop will provide an overview of VET opportunities as well as providing detail regarding the role of workplace learning coordinators (WLC’s), promoting pathways in schools, structured workplace learning and VET for reengagement. This session will also help you develop a greater understanding of the essential relationship between VCAL and VET.

D10 Student Marketplace (Repeat of session in Block C)

D10

What's this about?

In line with our 2013 theme, Connecting Conversations, VALA is presenting a new and exciting role for young people to play in our conference.

For the first time, the student marketplace will include VCAL students as part of our group of expert presenters. This session will feature a number of VCAL schools and organizations that have outstanding VCAL stories to tell or projects to share. Groups will show off their projects via visual displays, student presentations and Q&A with the audience. This session will also provide VCAL students with great ‘hands-on’ experience in presenting their ideas in front of an adult group. Come along and take a look at real projects presented by real students!

D11 Overseas Immersions with VCAL Students

D11

What's this about?

Rob Foran, VCAL/CGEA & Cambodia Immersion Coordinator, Campaspe College of Adult Education

In 2012 we took 5 students to Cambodia on a humanitarian tour and brought home 5 adults who had their outlook widened and attitudes altered. This session will focus on what we got right!....Creating community partnerships, risk assessments, overcoming language and cultural barriers, managing difficult behaviors and the challenges that had to be addressed during the experience.

PROGRAM CONCLUDES 3.30 pm