Working with Challenging Behaviours in VCAL – strategies to support young people to succeed • Friday, August 31, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Facilitators: Nick Johns & Karen Dymke
Young people in VCAL are often not traditional ‘academic’ learners. They are the hands-on, applied, learn by doing kind of students. At times, this may come with certain challenges – maybe they struggle to sit still, or find it hard to listen, or only want to do what they’re interested in (which may not include learning Work place Health and Safety for WRS!).
With the right approach, these and other challenges can be not only overcome but utilised as a strength.
In this collaborative workshop attendees and the presenters will:
- focus on understanding why the behaviour is occurring
- explore a range of solutions to kerb these challenging behaviours
- find ways to positively engage challenging students with learning
- discover how you can utilise the flexibility of the VCAL curriculum to engage your students.
Nick Johns is the Director of Johns Education Consulting. He has worked in the education sector for over 20 years across Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Education, in Australia and the U.K. He has held a wide range of roles including teaching, education case management, flexible learning program leadership, project management, and research.
Nick is passionate about ensuring that all young people get a fair go in education, regardless of their background or circumstances. This has led him to work with highly disenfranchised young people in society, developing flexible and inclusive education approaches. Nick loves the flexibility of VCAL, having seen first-hand how this allows education engagement of at-risk youth. He has managed the delivery of VCAL programs for marginalised young people at both St Kilda Youth Service and Melbourne City Mission. In 2016-17 he led the Flexible Learning Victoria ‘A Successful Journey’ research project, identifying measures of success for young people in flexible learning programs.
Nick has a Masters in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and strong research and project management experience. He works closely with key staff within government departments, school and program leaders, and young people to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes.
Karen Dymke is a passionate and inspired educator with over thirty years’ experience across a range of sectors, as a teacher, trainer, senior leader, coach and consultant. Her work includes lecturing at Latrobe University in Alternative Educational Models, including VET and the VCAL, as well as travelling Australia as a highly sought-after presenter. Her passion is focused on the development of pedagogy for the 21st century, particularly in applied learning settings such as VET, TAFE and the VCAL. For several years, Karen has also been delivering accredited professional development unpacking the research of Professor John Hattie into what actually works best in education to progress student learning and achievement. Karen’s work has been acknowledged through the Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year award from the TAFE Development Centre and a Scholarship to investigate Innovative Learning. She has recently returned from Europe on Fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute investigating the Professionalization of Adult Educators. Karen believes strongly in partnering with educators in learning as she also keeps learning all of the time.
Cancellations and substitutions: Cancellations notified in writing prior to the event incur a fee of 50%; otherwise no refund is given. Substitutes are welcome at any time.
Venue: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Time: Registration opens 9.00 am, session commences sharp 9.30am – 3.00pm
Max numbers: 40
Fees: Members $240, Non-members $300
Morning tea and lunch provided