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VALA 2023 Annual Conference - Day 2

  • 16 Jun 2023
  • 09:00 - 15:15
  • Jasper Hotel Melbourne


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VALA 2023 Annual Conference - Day 2

Friday June 16 – Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Morning tea and Lunch provided.

Program summary

(subject to change without notice)

Details on session outlines and presenter bio's will be published shortly

8.15 Registration opens – Tea and Coffee upon arrival – Lower foyer

9.00 Welcome and plenary – Function Hall

Welcome and housekeeping - Helene Rooks - VALA CEO

VALA Member resources update  -  Natalie Purves -VALA Professional Learning and Development Manager 

Keynote - Dr. James Goring - Deakin University - 21st Century Skills

Session A – 10.30 – 11.30

A1 Developing 21st Century Skills through integrated projects – Cherie Osta and Geoff Bird – Lorne P-12 College

A2 VDSS 101 –Jo Barett & VET Specialist – Deakin University

A3 Embedding Employability Skills in a trauma-informed setting - Ushpal Kullar - Berry Street).

A4  Making sense of the PDS/WRS curriculum for VCE VM and the VPC - David Gallagher – Casual Academic

A5 Step-Up @ Wurun - A program to prepare all senior students for post secondary pathways. - Louise Speirs-Bridge and Lucy Marshall - Wurun Senior Campus

A6 SSCR updates – VCAA

A7 A Numeracy Toolkit -Justine Sakurai - University of Melbourne, Kate Stone - Oakwood School and Corey Campbell - Parkdale Secondary College

Session B – 11.30 -12.30

B1 Meeting in the Middle - Reimagining applied and academic curriculum delivery.- Louise Speirs Bridge and Lucy Marshall – Wurun Senior Campus

B2 Trauma Informed Positive Education - Grace Langton -Berry Street Education

B3 Top Ten Interactive Games Applied Learning Students Love - Mark Collard - playmeo

B4 Using Applied Learning to re-engage students - Kate Stone – Oakwood School

B5 Applying the Pillars of Applied Learning to your everyday practice and assessment - Christine Paizes – John Fawkner College

B6 Future-Proofing Youth: Mastering Enterprise Skills for the Evolving Workforce – Dean Delia – Prince’s Trust Australia

Lunch 12.30 -1.15

Session C 1.15 – 2.15

C1 The Long Walk - Arnel Davis – Essendon FC

C2 Developing Entrepreneurial Skills, Mindsets and Behaviours through Student-Led Social Enterprise – Tom Colcott -ACRE & Maria Curphey – Sandringham College

C3 Innovative implementations of the new certificates whilst developing 21st Century skills -Mitch Coombs - Kyabram SC

C4 Applying the Pillars of Applied Learning in your everyday practice and assessment (REPEAT OF B5). - Christine Paizes – John Fawkner College 

C5 HeadStart -

C6 Using Applied Learning to Re-engage learners -Kate Stone - Oakwood School

C7 The Big Issue Classroom

C8 VPC Numeracy Mal Hand

Session D 2.15 – 3.15

D1 Group activities and strategies that help build student relationships. - Mark Collard - playmeo

D2 FLO QA Panel session - Kate Dennis (HHA) et al

D3 Supporting disability inclusion, reasonable adjustments, evidence and the NCCD in senior secondary - Courtney Fench – Diverse Learners Disability Inclusion Reform - Department of Education

D4 Integrated projects at Werribee College - Narelle Bean.

D5 SWL credit in the VCE-VM and VPC – delivered by VCAA.        

D6 Engaging All students in Numeracy- Dave Tout – Multifangled & ACER

D7 Managing Challenging Behaviours - Mal Hand – Independent consultant.

VALA respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.

We respectfully acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.


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