Safari by the Sea - Nov 1 and 2, 2018

Road coast vehicle

Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, 2018 - Limited places left

The humble, yet iconic, VALA Safari by the Sea will take you down the fabulous Surf Coast to visit a variety of outstanding VCAL programs in different VCAL settings.

A fantastic opportunity to learn about innovative VCAL program delivery including specific integrated projects. With ample time to meet other VCAL educators, share stories and exchange engaging program ideas.

Join us on this unique overnight PD experience! Limited places available, so book now!

(Registration fee includes morning tea and lunch on both days, a 3 course dinner on Thursday evening as well as travel on air conditioned coach (Geelong – Lorne – Geelong).

Safari details

Masterclasses – Friday November 30


VALA masterclassSix concurrent sessions – choose one - all at the Jasper Hotel

Trauma Informed Positive Education

Michele Sampson, Berry Street Childhood Institute

New Numeracy units for implementation in 2019

Jamie Gray, Justine Sakurai, Shane O'Connor

Foundation VCAL in Special Schools

Naomi James, Ashwood School, Mark Bilicic and Karen MacDonough, Warringa Park School

Passionately Planning for VCAL 2019

Cherie Osta and Geoff Bird, Lorne P-12 College

Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties

Karen Dymke, Thoughtful Works

Literacy Reading and Writing – addressing low LITERACY levels

Mieke Alexander

Dates for the diary

From the VCAA

Notice to Schools 89/2018 – 19 September 2018

2019 VCAL Numeracy Skills Units Advice for Teachers is online. The revised VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand is being implemented in 2019.

To support VCAL teachers in this implementation, the Numeracy Skills Units Advice for Teachers is available on the VCAA website.

VCAA Bulletin 042 – September 2018

Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grants (submissions close Friday October 26)

Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grants of $6,250 are available to VCAL providers to develop initiatives to support student life-long learning and increased community participation …more

Notice to Schools 77/2018 − 29 August 2018

Nominations for the VCAL Achievement Awards are open (submissions close Friday November 23)

The awards, first held in 2003, recognise the extraordinary achievements of VCAL students, teachers and partners. They highlight and acknowledge the strength of the program and the people involved.

Nominations are sought for exceptional student, teacher and VCAL partner achievement. To view all award categories, visit the VCAL Achievements Awards Nominations page.

The Berry Street Education Model

Berry Street Education Model

The Berry Street Education Model is a four day training course that enables educators, allied education staff and community professionals to increase engagement with challenging students and successfully improve all students' self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.

The strategies are informed by Berry Street's approaches to trauma informed learning and the science of well-being. The Berry Street Education Model provides a practical tool-kit that benefits the most vulnerable students.

Throughout the training, they provide practical strategies that educators can implement with students. At its foundation the model is designed to ensure a consistent approach to implementation, teacher feedback and support.

If you're interested in learning more about the Berry Street Education Model, we encourage you to attend one of the information sessions held in Melbourne on a regular basis.

More about the model