1. From the CEO
2. VALA Annual Conference
Early Bird closes Friday
3. VALA Professional development Term 2
Masterclasses Term 2
5. Dates for the diary
Term 3 Masterclasses – August 31
Safari by the Sea Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November, 2018
6. From the VCAA
VCAA Bulletin 28/2018 – May 2018 Should VCE and VCAL students have to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards?
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation – 2018 planning
FYA New Work Order VCAL Teacher toolkit – available for download now!
Welcome to VALA’s May 2018 newsletter!
With term 2 in full swing there is so much happening in the Applied Learning world. The VCAA is currently consulting on whether VCE and VCAL students should meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards. There have been some lively discussions between VCAA and stakeholders about this around the state over the last few weeks. We encourage you to contribute to this consultation by completing the online survey at Engage Victoria by Friday the 18th of May.
Looking for low cost/high impact PD? We’ve got you covered!
In the remainder of term 2 VALA offers 4 Spotlight events (visit a provider), 4 Masterclasses as well as our Annual Conference. More about these further in the newsletter.
With warm regards
The 2018 VALA Annual Conference ‘Fostering connections – celebrating diversity’ is now open for registration. The day will highlight best practice, projects and programs addressing diversity which may lead to a cohesive and inclusive society as well as more generic topics to support you in the design and delivery of a sound VCAL program.
We are currently looking for approximately 10 student helpers to support us on the day.
This is a great opportunity for your students to step out of the classroom, get a hands-on insight to event management and practise their public speaking. Please express your interest by contacting Helene on 0488 440 482 or email@example.com
Jasper Hotel, Melbourne
Applied Learning – the What, Why and How to - Karen Dymke
Integrated Programs - Cherie Osta & Geoff Bird
Assessment - Sheila Douglas
Low Numeracy Levels - Jamie Gray
Friday June 22, 2018
Monday May 28, 2018 Echuca Specialist School
Thursday May 31, 2018 Yuille Park Community College
Monday June 4, 2018 Monterey Secondary College
Tuesday June 5, 2018 Ashwood School
VALA 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;
Discounted Professional Development events
Support with curriculum implementation
Educator & student resources through our Members’ log-in section of the website
Help and advice whenever you need it
Free access to Playmeo, an innovative online platform that is specifically designed to equip
experiential educators, teachers, corporate trainers, camp & youth leaders with the skills & resources they need to deliver remarkably fun & meaningful programs (valued at $125/year)
and much, much more!
You can join as an individual, as a school or organisation and memberships start from only $115 per annum.
Low literacy levels – Mieke Alexander
Assessment – Sheila Douglas
Trauma Informed Positive Practice – Tom Brunzell – Berry Street Childhood Institute
Integrated Projects – Cherie Osta & Geoff Bird
Working with Challenging Behaviours in VCAL – Karen Dymke & Nick Johns
Registration opening soon
Registration opening late term 2
VCAA Bulletin 28/2018 – May 2018
The VCAA is seeking input from the education sector and others in the broader community on whether there should be an explicit requirement for students to meet minimum standards of literacy and numeracy in order to be awarded the VCE or VCAL.
The key issues surrounding this question are presented in a consultation paper published on the VCAA website.
A range of people, including teachers, students, educators and parents, have already expressed their opinions by writing to the VCAA or attending a community consultation event. Twelve consultation events have occurred. The remaining three events are scheduled for Warrnambool, Horsham and Mildura. Please register to attend.
The VCAA values all contributions, and the views expressed will help inform a paper that will be sent to the Minister for Education at the end of August.
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is running a campaign that encourages parents to have 'the talk' with their kids about gambling.
We know that 75% of kids who watch sport on TV now think gambling is a normal part of sport. This normalisation means the risks associated with gambling can often get overlooked.
The 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.