In this issue

From the CEO

Events

2. VALA AGM

3. VALA Safari by the Sea

4. VCAL Masterclass: Integrated Programs

5. VCAL Masterclass: Addressing low literacy levels

6. VALA VCAL Induction Day

7. VALA Annual Conference

Opportunities

8. Membership

9. Notice to Schools 85/2016 − 5 October 2016 Themed VCAL in 2017

10. 2016 Dyslexia Empowerment Week

11. Jobs at Peter Lalor Secondary [Vocational] College

12. List your vacancies

13. National Youth Week Grants

Resources

14. Love the Game, not the odds

15. Victorian Electoral Commission - Partner Up - VCAL integrated unit

16. Playmeo

17. Professional Learning Directory for Flexible Learning Programs

18. Flexible and alternative education - hearing the voices of young people

19. Protecting Youth & Their Future: Identifying knowledge gaps of (VCAL) educators

20. Innovative Partnerships for Youth Engagement in Education and Work

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

1. From the CEO

Helene RooksWe 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!

Events

2. VALA AGM

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 helene@vala.asn.au for catering purposes.

3. VALA Safari by the Sea

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!

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Masterclass4. VCAL Masterclass: Integrated Programs

December 2, 2016 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Details out shortly.

5. VCAL Masterclass: Addressing low literacy levels

December 2, 2016 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Details out shortly.

6. VALA VCAL Induction Day

Friday February 24, 2017 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Registrations open before the end of October.

7. VALA Annual Conference

Friday June23, 2017 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Call for presenters out in term 4.

Opportunities

8. 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 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.

Join now

9. Notice to Schools 85/2016 − 5 October 2016 Themed VCAL in 2017

VCAAApplications 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.

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10. 2016 Dyslexia Empowerment Week

Dyslexia Empowerment WeekOctober 16-22, 2016

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.

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11. Jobs at Peter Lalor Secondary [Vocational] College

Peter Lalor Vocational College logoPeter 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.

See advertisement on Recruitment Online or email sheehan.rodney.j@edumail.vic.gov.au for further information.

12. List your vacancies

VALA members can list their vacancies for free!

Please forward details to helene@vala.asn.au

13. National Youth Week Grants

National Youth Week GrantsApplications close Friday November 11, 2016

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.

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Resources

14. Love the Game, not the odds

Victorian Responsible Gambling FoundationFree Workshops from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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.

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15. Victorian Electoral Commission - Partner Up - VCAL integrated unit

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:

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16. 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)

17. Professional Learning Directory for Flexible Learning Programs

professional earning DirectoryThe 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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18. Flexible and alternative education - hearing the voices of young people

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.

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

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.

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20. University of Melbourne and Deakin University - Innovative Partnerships for Youth Engagement in Education and Work

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

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21. Victoria University - Professional Learning in Flexible Learning Programs: Supporting Staff with Socially Inclusive Schooling

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.

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