Program at a glance

Subject to change without notice

Partnerships in action: applied learning at its best! is the theme of the 2017 VALA annual conference. We return to the Jasper Hotel for an exciting day of workshops, presentations, displays and networking opportunities!

Great programs are not delivered in silos, they require solid teaching teams, supportive leadership and connections with community or other organisations. This year we explore partnerships of all kinds, be it small, large, long standing, short, internal or external. Join us!

At a Glance

8.15am Registration opens
9.00am Welcome from VALA
playmeo – Mark Collard
Keynote Nick Johns
Session A: 10.00am
Morning tea 11.00am
Session B: 11.30am
Lunch: 12.25pm
Session C: 1.10pm
Session D: 2.10pm
Close 3.10pm

9.00am Opening

Welcome Main Hall

playmeo – Mark Collard

Keynote: Partnerships in Action with Nick Johns, Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute

Session A: 10.00am Choose one of eight

FULL A1 Where’s my A+  More

Tyson McNamara - VCE and VCAL coordinator – Box Hill Institute

Room 1

A2 Programs, place and people  More

Christopher Hosie - VCAL and Outdoor Education teacher - North Geelong Secondary College

Room 4

A3 Work Readiness and retention via the vineyard.  More

Lisa Brown - Teacher - Ready, Set, Work Coordinator - Bellarine Secondary College with Damian Miller & Zac Staines - Bellarine Secondary Students-currently in Year 11 VCAL, formerly RSW students

Room 9

A4 Lawyers in schools  More

Shorna Moore – Director at WEstjustice and Angus Woodward - In-house school lawyer - Wyndham Community Education Centre & Laverton P12

Room 5

A5 Vietnam - The war that changed our Nation  More

Ray Weston - President - Vietnam Veterans Education Team

Room 3

FULL but repeated as D2 A6 S.E.S.H. - Actively encouraging your students to value SHARING, EMPATHY, STRENGTHS and HOPE  More

Adam Cooper – Program Coordinator - Vocational College Holmesglen and Chris Barry – Student Counsellor - Vocational College, Holmesglen

Room 8

A7 Using and Understanding VASS  More

Jan Miletic - QA panel member - Loddon Mallee Region

Room 2

A8 Engage, Educate, Empower  More

Nick Radecki - Assistant Principal - SEDA College and Julianne Spring - VCAL Coordinator SEDA College

Main Hall

Morning tea 11.00am

Session B: 11.30am Choose one of eight

FULL B1 Multi-levelled integrated projects  More

Cherie Osta, Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College

Room 9

B2 Community Partnerships - Moreland Youth Movement  More

Laura Elliott - VCAL, VET & Pathways Co-ordinator – Brunswick Secondary College

Room 2

B3 How To Find The Perfect Group Activity   More

Mark Collard – Director – playmeo

Room 8

B4 Nurturing Self-Regulation for Academic Rigour.  More

Leonie Abbott - Berry Street Education Model

Room 6

B5 Engaging young parents in education  More

Sharna Westley - Coordinator - South West TAFE and Emma McDonald - South west TAFE

Room 3

B6 Involving the wider community with VCAL Remembrance  More

Nicole Scott - VCAL Teacher - Alkira Secondary College

Room 4

B7 Exploring work and community with The Big Issue Classroom  More

Melissa Walsh - Program Coordinator - The Big Issue and 2nd presenter TBC - The Big Issue

Room 1

B8 Inclusion is not something you say…. it’s something you do!  More

Shani Coats – Scope

Room 5

FULL B9 On the same PAGE… a tool for documenting VCAL evidence.  More

Kate Dennis – Hester Hornbrook Academy

Main Hall

Lunch: 12.25pm

Session C: 1.10pm Choose one of eight

FULL C1 Project Driven Learning Creates Partnerships  More

Narelle Bean - Pathways Leader and Senior VCAL teacher - Bellarine Secondary College

Room 2

C2 Structured Workplace Learning as an integral component of VCAL in rural communities.  More

Michael Cook - Ballarat High School and Albert Govan - Ballarat High School

Room 1

FULL C3 Managing difficult teenage behaviours in a VCAL classroom  More

Mal Hand - VCAL teacher - Swinburne TAFE

Room 8

C4 Making, Innovating, Learning: Lessons from Harvard's Project Zero Conference  More

Nick Johns

Room 6

C5 Love the game not the odds  More

Sally Gissing - Prevention Programs Educator - Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Room 4

C6 VCAL career pathways for youth ... what options do they really have?  More

Susan Elmasri - Manager VCAL Youth Programs - Swinburne TAFE

Main Hall

C7 Your guide to finding the Numeracy in integrated community projects  More

Justine Sakurai - Maths Co-ordinator - Sandringham Secondary College

Room 9

C8 Courage to Care - Never Be A Bystander!  More

Nicole Scott - Alkira Secondary College and Frank Carew, Volunteer – Courage to Care

Room 5

C9 Pathways to Empowerment  More

Gill Meek – Education Manager – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Room 3

Session D: 2.10pm Choose one of eight

D1 Partnerships and Program integration  More

Richie McCann - VCAL coordinator - Sacred Heart College Geelong and Narelle Dickson - Sacred Heart College Geelong

Room 1

CHANGED NEW D2 is a repeat of A6 S.E.S.H. - Actively encouraging your students to value SHARING, EMPATHY, STRENGTHS and HOPE  More

Adam Cooper – Program Coordinator - Vocational College Holmesglen and Chris Barry – Student Counsellor - Vocational College, Holmesglen

Room 8

D3 Simple Activities That Help Students Connect  More

Mark Collard – Director – playmeo

Main Hall

D4 VALA PRISM – Project documentaries  More

Salvador Castro - VALA Strategic Partnership Project Manager

Room 6

D5 Practical applications of LinkedIn within Senior Secondary education  More

Arnel Davis - Head of VCAL - Penola Catholic College

Room 3

FULL D6 FREE & cheap ideas for your VCAL program  More

Peter Robertson - VCAL Teacher - Manor Lakes College

Room 9

FULL D7 Literacy reading and writing- addressing low literacy levels  More

Mieke Alexander - Consultant at Educational Special Projects

Room 2

D8 Escape rooms for team building and problem solving.  More

Carolyn Parker - Owner/Operator - Locked in Escape Rooms

Room 4

D9 The Berry Street Education Model, how it changed our practice – a partnership between Cire Community School and Berry Street  More

Mark Hunt – Leading teacher VCAL – Cire Community School and Leonie Abbott – Berry Street Education Model

Room 5

Conference closes 3.10pm

Room

These resources will be at the Induction Day or provided in packs or available for download