2. VALA AGM
We hope you have settled into term 4 after enjoying a wonderful break. People, non-educators, often comment at this time of year that educators must be winding down during term 4. Little do they realise that in term 4 the pace steps up a few notches, and then some more! Encouraging students to get 'over the line', report writing, final assessments, identifying and addressing the gaps in individual outcomes, pathway students into further education or employment, interviewing next year's new students, strategic planning/program planning and budgets for 2017, graduating students that self-sabotage as they are anxious to leave the safe environment you and your team have provided.... Let's face it, term 4 is hard both physically and emotionally for both educators and students. So be kind to yourself, your colleagues and your students. Have a great term 4 and do check our upcoming VALA events - they are designed to assist you in being kind to yourself!
Wednesday October 19, 2016 - 4-6pm, Melbourne Polytechnic, Heidelberg Campus, Building F
Hosted by enthusiastic Melbourne Polytechnic VCAL students, VALA's Committee of Management warmly invite you to the VALA's AGM. Join us for formal proceedings and a sneak peak of the VALA Movie app for iOS and Androids which will help you capture and share your projects with other educators. Followed by a student led tour of Melbourne Polytechnic facilities, proudly showcasing their applied learning projects, student personal stories, a glass of wine and fingerfood. We'd love to have your company! Please forward your intention to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
October 27 & 28
In just over 2 weeks the VALA Safari bus sets of along the Surf Coast for an extraordinary 2 days of professional development, networking and celebrating VCAL at it's finest! Our evening at the Cumberland Resort Lorne is set to be a star studded event (and we're not only talking about the wonderful ocean view from our venue). A night full of surprises, laughter, fine food and new connections! Places are limited and filling up fast! Don't miss out and secure your place now! 5 out of 5 stars in being kind to yourself!
December 2, 2016 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne
Details out shortly.
December 2, 2016 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne
Details out shortly.
Friday February 24, 2017 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne
Registrations open before the end of October.
Friday June23, 2017 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne
Call for presenters out in term 4.
Not yet a member? Join now and pay only 50% of the annual rate and get a discount on the Safari by the Sea and the VCAL Masterclass, access to the Resources, including playmeo activities (see below), access to advice and other exclusive member-only benefits from our supporters.
Applications to deliver Themed VCAL programs in 2017 are now open and will close Friday 25 November 2016. Themed VCAL Programs are intended to provide a learning program focus linked to priority areas in the labour market and/or to job opportunities. The programs should assist students to choose future pathways such as apprenticeships, vocational education and training qualifications or employment. The guidelines and application form are available on the VCAA website.
Check out the Dyslexia Empowerment Week website today to plan
how you'll be involved. With so many events happening nationally and locally it will be easy to join in!
There are even posters like the one above to download so you can print them out and put them up, as well as activities you can do at home and at school.
Peter Lalor Vocational College exclusively offers VCAL and VET programs for Years 10-12. The college is a leader in applied learning education. The VCAL curriculum is taught in a fully integrated model drawing on the interests and passion of teachers. In 2017, we propose to offer a VCAL hospitality unit and are open to ideas on the theme for the second position.
VCAL Integrated Curriculum Teacher & VET Hospitality (2 year contract)
VCAL Integrated Curriculum Teacher (full-time ongoing)
VALA members can list their vacancies for free!
Please forward details to email@example.com
Young people looking to organise events for National Youth Week 2017 can now apply for grants to help kickstart their plans, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos has announced. In partnership with the Australian Government, the Victorian Government is providing National Youth Week grants of up to $2000 to fund events that celebrate and recognise the contribution of young Victorians to their community. National Youth Week grants are available to assist groups of young people to organise events for other young people. To be eligible, young people must be working in partnership with a local council, community organisation or school.
Never before has gambling been so heavily promoted and accessible especially through sport. This makes it feel like a normal part of the game and harder for students to recognise the potential harm. You may have seen the foundation's new "love the game, not the odds" television commercial (https://youtu.be/9DnC2DF1SSM) shedding light on the normalisation of gambling in sports. Drawing on the latest research the foundation's School Education Program supports secondary school communities to help students develop healthy and informed attitudes to gambling as they head towards legal gambling age. This free prevention program features a senior student workshop tailored for Year 10 to 12 classes, including VCAL. Through a range of interactive tasks, this workshop enables students to: 1) explore the potential influences that may shape their gambling attitudes and behaviour, especially sports betting advertising and games that look like gambling; 2) discover why gambling is a means of spending money rather than making money; 3) recognise when gambling may be becoming a concern for themselves or someone they know and be aware of the help services available.
Teachers can now access Partner Up, which is Passport to Democracy's (PTD's) free integrated unit for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students. Covering Senior Personal Development Skills and Literacy Skills, the unit supports students to form effective partnerships with local organisations and take practical action on a community issue they care about. Partner Up resources include teacher guides and student workbooks with 31 VCAL-aligned learning activities, partnership tips handouts, an online game, an online video about community partnerships and eligibility to the Partner Up prize. The resources are designed by a VCAL teacher in the hope that Victorian students will realise the influence they can wield as members of a democratic society, and have been reviewed by an expert in the VCAL curriculum. Find the resources here:
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 which was supplied when you subscribed or renewed for 2016)
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.
Paper by 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.
Paper by 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.
Paper by Malgorzata Klatt, John Polesel Nicky Dulfer Karen Starr, Damian Blake
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
Report by Dr Vicky Plows, Dr Kitty teRiele
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.