In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. VALA Annual conference – Call for Presenters

3. VALA Professional development

4. Membership

5. Two major events for your diary

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

7.  Resources

8. Research and reports

1. From the CEO

Helene Rooks

With term 1 in full swing we hope you have made a great start to 2018.

At VALA we look back on an oversubscribed Induction day and, reflecting on the feedback we received, trust that the day was very informative for those setting out on their VCAL teaching journey. A big thank you to all presenters who donated their time to share their skills and resources. Also, a massive 'Well done!' to the students from Dandenong High School who stepped out of their comfort zone to assist with the running of the day. Many presentations are now available.

Induction Day presentations

Over summer we have added many new materials to the member-only resource section of the VALA website, including QV market, Hoddle Waddle, Grand Prix and Camp project editable worksheets, as well as direct links to new resources developed by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Salvation Army and Multifangled.

Check the Resources out here. (you will need your 2018 VALA password - issued on Wednesday!)

The first instalment of VALA Masterclasses is now open for registration. On Friday the 20th of April we bring Integrated Projects, Numeracy, Assessment and Addressing Low Literacy levels back to Jasper Hotel.  We are currently finalising Masterclasses for Thursday the 21st of June (the day before VALA's annual conference) and anticipate these Masterclasses to be open for registration shortly.

April Masterclasses details

We have extended our call for presentations for our annual conference till Friday the 23rd of March. Feel free to give me a call to discuss your proposal if you like!

Submit a conference proposal

With warm regards


2. VALA Annual conference – Call for Presenters

The 2018 conference theme 'Fostering connections – celebrating diversity' will highlight best practise, projects and programs addressing diversity which may hamper a cohesive and inclusive society, including but not limited to: cultural and social diversity, gender and sexual identity, physical ability, mental health, social and geographical isolation and human rights.

Whether you are a teacher or service provider offering great programs promoting inclusivity and social cohesion, we'd love to hear from you! Simply complete the Expression of interest to present form and we will be in touch! It's a great opportunity to share your skills and knowledge.

Remember – presenters attend the conference for free!

Call for presentations has been extended till Friday, March 23.

Submit a proposal

3. VALA Professional development

VALA masterclass

Filling fast - choose one of four full day classes

Full Masterclass details here

4. Membership

VALAVALA is a member based, not for profit association which heavily relies on our financial members.

Join or renew your membership for 2018 now and reap the benefits

VALA membership benefits include;

You can join as an individual, as a school or organisation and memberships start from only $115 per annum.


5. Two major events for your diary

Two major events for your diary

VALA conference logo 2018 safari by the Sea

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

VCAA logoVCAA Bulletin No. 36 March 2018

2018 VCAL Quality Assurance arrangements

VCAL Quality Assurance for 2018 has begun, with sample assessment task templates submissions and details of each VCAL provider due to their region's VCAL Liaison Teacher (VLT) by Friday 23 March.

VCAL Providers that do not participate in the regional VCAL quality assurance process may be required to submit all their VCAL units for further investigation by the VCAA VCAL Unit.

Please refer to Notice to Schools 4/2018 for details.

7.  Resources

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Victorian Responsible Gambling FoundationPlanning for 2018

As the school year kicks off no doubt you're still in planning mode for 2018. In your curriculum planning, consider our School Education program, developed in response to the growing normalisation of gambling among young people. This free prevention initiative helps secondary school communities support students to develop healthy and informed attitudes towards gambling as they approach adulthood.

Never before has gambling been so heavily promoted and accessible, especially in sport.

This makes it feel like a normal part of the game and harder for students to recognise the potential harm. We want students to love the game, not the odds

The program offers:

Hear from students and teachers about what they thought of the program.

VRGF what do teachers think vrgf what do students think

School Education Program

FYA New Work Order reports – VCAL Teacher toolkit available for download now!

New Work Order ToolkitThe Foundation for Young Australians, in partnership with the Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network (BGKLLEN) have launched an innovative new toolkit for VCAL educators and their students.

Designed to support educators in facilitating immersive, meaningful learning experiences that build students' skills and capacity beyond the classroom, the toolkit is mapped to the VCAL curriculum and can be customised to fit varied contexts and timeframes.

Split into five learning modules, the resources and modules are based on insights and recommendations from FYA's New Work Order report series. Each of the modules has been developed through a co-design process involving VCAL students, teachers and other community stakeholders who work with and for young people in VCAL environments.

The toolkit aims to help students to build the skills and capabilities they will need to thrive in a changing world of work, where every job will be transformed by automation. In particular students will be supported to build the skills that enable them to be enterprising including creativity and innovation; confidence and agency; digital and financial literacy; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and communication and teamwork.

With practical, project-based learning resources, the toolkit supports students' individual interests and abilities, allowing them to learn at their own pace and track their progress.

Download your free copy

8. Research and reports

Foundation for Young AustraliansFoundation of Young Australians – New Work Order reports

Download the reports here