In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. Upcoming VALA Events

3. 2017 VALA VCAL Induction day

4. Membership

5. Employment opportunities

6. Professional development

7. Resources

8. Research & Publications

1. From the CEO

Helene Rooks

I can't believe Term 1 is almost at an end! We hope you have had a positive start to the year. At VALA we have been busy organising and delivering PD workshops in Melbourne and regional areas. These prove to be very popular and tend to fill up very fast, so get in quick to avoid disappointment. Did you know we can also deliver bespoke in-house PD? Want to know more? Just drop me a line. For now, enjoy your autumn break.

With warm regards, Helene

2. Upcoming VALA Events

2017 VALA ConferenceVALA Annual Conference: Friday June 23, 2017 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Our annual conference is themed 'Partnerships in action - applied learning at its best' where we explore partnerships of all kinds, be it small, large, long standing, short, internal or external, the ones that work and those that did not work so well.

Expressions of interest to present will close on April 3, the conference will be open for registration early term 2.

Submit a session proposal

Masterclass  WRS or NumeracyWRS or Numeracy Masterclass

Friday April 21st Jasper Hotel

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Masterclass literacy or Integrated programsIntegrated Programs or Literacy Masterclass

Friday May the 5th Jasper Hotel

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Dates for the Diary

Thursday 2 - Friday 3 November - Safari by the Sea

3. 2017 VALA VCAL Induction day

2017 VCAL Induction dayLast month we held the VCAL Induction day for new teachers and coordinators (and many repeat attendees) at full capacity at Jasper Hotel. This is one of our favourite events as it really shows the impact VALA has on educators. There were many 'the penny has dropped' moments and all left feeling encouraged, inspired and supported. A massive thanks to the presenters who volunteer their time, expertise and passion to this event.

Also, a big shout out to the students from Mt Ridley p-12 College in Craigieburn. They stepped up as student-helpers just one week before the big day and ran with it. They wrote their own presenter introduction speeches, showed leaderhip, innitiative and did their college proud. Well done!

Workshop presentations and hand-outs

4. Membership

Paper invocies have now been posted. Renew your VALA membership for 2017 and you will continue to receive your member benefits!

Not yet a member? Why not join us (individual memberships are tax deductible!). You will have access to the Resources, including playmeo activities (see below), access to advice and generous discounts for our conferences and other professional development opportunities.

Get a form or join online.

5. Employment opportunities

VALA members can list their vacancies for free!

Please forward details to helene@vala.asn.au

6. Professional development

VET Development CentreVET for Secondary School Students

The Victorian Department of Education and Training are offering limited funded places for Victorian VET for Secondary School teachers to attend VDC Professional Development workshops and webinars during 2017. The VDC Professional Development workshops and webinars are free to Victorian teachers of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students (VETfSSS).

The PD Program is available here. Contact the VDC to find out how you can access a funded place.

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Sharon Waitzer, Project Director, E: swaitzer@vdc.edu.au P: (03) 9250 6009 M: 0400 201 595

Maria Romanin, Senior Project Manager, E: mromanin@vdc.edu.au P: (03) 9250 6008 M: 0410 569 333

ACERNumeracy workshop: Having Fun with Maths

ACER, Thursday, June 8th, Camberwell

Here's an opportunity to learn about and experience a variety of numeracy and maths games and activities suitable for classroom use with a range of maths, numeracy, literacy and ESL students. The activities 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, including school students from across the middle years, VCAL and VET. The half-day workshop will be run by Dave Tout.

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7. Resources

The Garden CollectiveThe Garden Collective - a contained garden project with a social conscious

The Garden Collective is a community food security project for schools. Celebrating the science of growing food and the humanity of sharing it, their 10-session fully facilitated project delivers practical skills and rewarding experiences. Fresh food grown by schools participating in the program is delivered to FareShare's kitchen within hours of harvest where it is incorporated into meals for soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs around Victoria.

Check out their website to find out how to grow a schools-driven positive social initiative that makes a difference.

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Jewish MuseumThe Jewish Museum of Australia

The Jewish Museum of Australia presents a range of innovative experiential learning programs for secondary school students, that strategically target the VCAL Curriculum.

The Jewish Museum of Australia's school education programs reinforce Victoria's stated commitment to raising young citizens who can engage positively in our multicultural society. The education programs deal with issues of identity, community, migration, multiculturalism and world religions. Booking a VCAL group on an excursion to the Jewish Museum in St Kilda is an ideal way to educate and encourage your students and teachers to become more open and understanding of peoples' differences and commonalities. This experiential learning can fulfil many of the requirements of the Personal Development Skills Strand.

The Jewish Museum of Australia is located at 26 Alma Road St Kilda 3182. Call the School Education Coordinator 8534 3614

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Love The Game

Love the Game, not the odds

New VCAL units from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

The foundation's School Education Program is growing fast and offers a range of new resources to support your school, help senior students develop healthy and informed attitudes to gambling. This newly expanded suite now provides:

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playmeoPlaymeo

VALA 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)

VALA Resources

8. Research & Publications

Flexible and alternative education - hearing the voices of young people

Nicholas Johns

Nicholas Johns, Curriculum Manager at the Melbourne Academy, Melbourne City Mission kindly shares his research paper exploring the education experiences of 13 young people from four flexible learning settings in Melbourne through qualitative, in-depth interviews.

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Protecting Youth & Their Future: Identifying knowledge gaps of Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) educators

Rod Sheehan

Rod Sheehan, Principal at Peter Lalor Vocational College, presented an engaging key note based on his Masters research at this year's annual conference. VALA received a large number of request for more information on this research and we thank Rod for making his research paper available for all.

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Innovative Partnerships for Youth Engagement in Education and Work

Malgorzata Klatt, John Polesel, Nicky Dulfer, Karen Starr, Damian Blake, University of Melbourne and Deakin University

Late last August, the final report of the ARC linkage project titled 'Innovative Partnerships for Youth Engagement in Education and Work' was launched. The report examined how collaboration between school systems, employers and other organisations can enhance VET and applied learning programs in secondary schools and build youth engagement with education and work. The report mapped out the types of partnerships and roles each of these partners played, and developed a rubric to enable schools and their partners to advance from a simple partnership to a best practice innovative one.

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