In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. VALA Conference

Student helpers at VALA conference

Conference Presentations

3. Research

Professional Learning in Flexible Learning Programs: Supporting Staff with Socially Inclusive Schooling

4. Membership

5. Employment opportunities

Career and Pathways @ Carrum Downs Secondary College x2

VCAL teacher and Wellbeing coordinator Cire Community College

6. Professional development

ACER and Multifangled: Having fun with Maths

VET Development Centre: VET in Schools Professional Development

7. Conferences

Doing Schools Differently

VET Development Centre Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

8. Resources

Playmeo

New Resource for Staff Working in Flexible Learning Programs

Parliament of Victoria

Consumer Stuff

1. From the CEO

Helene RooksWe hope you have enjoyed a restful winter break and you are settling in to the swing of Term 3. We look back on last month's VALA annual conference 'Contemporary Learning - Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart' with a great sense of achievement for all involved. We like to thank all presenters, participants, exhibitors and not to forget the 'behind the scene-ers' for their time and commitment to the conference. The annual conference is a great opportunity for all in the applied learning space to learn, network and feel supported, it was a fantastic day of, lets call it ..... VALAdation (thanks Nick Johns from MCM for the wordspin)!

Preparation for the Safari by the Sea are in full swing and is scheduled for Thursday 27 and Friday 28 of October. Full program will be out and registrations open mid Term 3.

Our resource section has been updated and more resources will be added on an ongoing basis, check it out!

2. VALA Conference2016 VALA Conference

Student helpers at VALA conference

Lakeview Senior Sceondary College students

It was a pleasure to have the assistance from Lakeview Senior Secondary College VCAL students at the conference. They did an outstanding job and are to be commended on their efforts. Students at our conferences play an important role in the smooth running of the day whilst they work towards completing a range of VCAL outcomes. If your students are up for the challenge to support the 2017 VCAL Induction Day or Annual Conference, please contact Helene (helene@vala.asn.au) to discuss what is involved.

Presentations

Many presenters generously provided their presentation slides and printed resources.

See them here

3. Research

Professional Learning in Flexible Learning Programs: Supporting Staff with Socially Inclusive Schooling

Dr Vicky Plows and Dr Kitty teRiele, Victoria University

Victoria University's project 'Professional Learning in Flexible Learning Programs: Supporting Staff with Socially Inclusive Schooling' has concluded and the final report was launched at the VALA conference during the opening session. The report can be downloaded from the project website.

4. Membership

Not yet a member? Join now and pay only 50% of the annual rate and get a discount on the Safari by the Sea, access to the Resources, including playmeo activities (see below), access to advice and other exclusive member-only benefits from our supporters.

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5. Employment opportunities

Career and Pathways @ Carrum Downs Secondary College x2

Carrum Downs Secondary CollegeAn exciting opportunity to join the Careers and Pathways Team at Carrum Downs Secondary College has recently been made available. Two positions for qualified careers practitioners are currently advertised via Recruitment Online. One position will focus on relationships with higher education providers and pathways opportunities. This position will require expertise in using VASS and CASES21 (job no: 1053141). The second position will focus on industry partnerships with employers and apprenticeship organisations (job no: 1053136). Both positions require experience in careers counselling.

Applications close July 27

More information and selection criteria

VCAL teacher and Wellbeing coordinator Cire Community College

Cire logoThis position is a full time role delivering VCAL and coordinating the student wellbeing program at our Mt Evelyn campus. The possibility of some duties extending to the Yarra Junction campus also exists, for the right applicant. The successful applicant will be working with a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about engaging young people in education, who may face challenges and barriers to learning. The successful applicant will be a fully qualified teacher and hold VIT registration as a secondary teacher.

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6. Professional development

ACER and Multifangled: Having fun with Maths

Run by Dave Tout. Camberwell, Melbourne August 18 and October 20

'Interactive and hands on, great presenter, lots of useful resources to take back to school'.

'Excellent, experienced presenter with great fun activities for me! Fun and entertaining!'

MultifangledThis is just a selection of the excellent feedback participants at the recent VALA conference provided. Want more? Join Dave on the 18th of August of the 20th of October at ACER in Camberwell. The activities focus on the development of core maths skills through approaches such as cooperative group work that also encourage the development of mathematical language, the use of real-life and hands-on materials, as well as having fun with maths. The maths content will focus on areas such as numbers, measurement, statistics and data, location and direction, and will illustrate alternative approaches to the traditional worksheet or textbook approach for teaching numeracy and maths. The activities have mainly been developed for youth and adult numeracy students but are suitable for all students, especially middle years and VCAL students.

More and registration

VET Development Centre: VET in Schools Professional Development

VET CentreThe VET Development Centre has designed a range of professional development programs to support the on-going development of professionals working with vocational education and training (VET) in secondary schools. These programs are fully funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and focus on ensuring compliance, delivery, quality assessment and productive partnerships.

More information on this years' offerings

7. Conferences

Doing Schools Differently

Thursday 15 and Friday 16th of September, The Pullman and Mercure Melbourne - Albert Park

Doing School DifferentlyDoing School Differently is an exciting new Australian conference for everyone who is interested in flexible and inclusive education. The conference will bring together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for disenfranchised young people. It provides a platform for advancing a national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education.

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VET Development Centre Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

September 19 & 20, Torquay

VET CentreThe 2016 VDC Teaching and Learning Conference 'Full Steam Ahead' highlights how VET educators can achieve high quality delivery, innovative teaching practices and improved student outcomes. The conference program focuses on STEAM; the science of learning Strategy, enhancing Teaching with technology, engineering student Engagement, developing the art of Assessment and Managing with mathematical precision.

More and registration

8. Resources

Playmeo

PlaymeoVALA membership includes full access to playmeo's ever-expanding online database of group games & activities specifically designed to equip teachers with outrageously fun and interactive group activities. To access all the playmeo resources using the VALA membership benefit, log into VALA Resources (you'll need your VALA password which was supplied when you subscribed or renewed for 2016).

New Resource for Staff Working in Flexible Learning Programs

professional earning Directory The Professional Learning Directory for Flexible Learning Programs (Victoria) was developed to support staff to more easily locate professional learning opportunities that are relevant to their work with young people. Over 90 listings from 70 plus providers are categorised into different topic areas. The directory was built as part of a Victoria Institute project supported by a Victoria University grant and project partners Melbourne City Mission, Oakwood School, SEDA and VALA. The listings were compiled following consultation with flexible learning providers and staff but please note listing in the directory is not an endorsement.

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Parliament of Victoria

Parliament of VictoriaThe federal elections are over. Some very close results, some disagreements unresolved. But now it's time to pause … and plan some education about politics in Victoria. The Parliament of Victoria has updated its resources for VCAL students while continuing to encourage students to participate as citizens – and to discover that parliamentary education can be enjoyable. As one major benefit from the resources, students gain Events Management skills (plan a visit to parliament house or invite a local MP as guest speaker) as well as an understanding of how things happen at Spring Street and in the local electorate.

See the resources

Consumer Stuff

Consumer Affairs Consumer Affairs Victoria has developed a range of practical and engaging curriculum resources that are aligned to the VELS and the Fecalith materials focus on life skills that enable young people to become smart consumers.

Check them out