The Conference Giveaways
It was just fantastic to see so many VALA members at our recent conference. Thanks to everyone for helping to make it such a success. I was particularly struck with how much participation we had from VCAL students this year: the student helpers from Swinburne who did a superb job keeping everyone organized, as did the HEAT students who fed us so well, and not forgetting the wonderful contribution by VCAL students who presented on the day. Have a look at this excellent video made by a VCAL graduate to mark the event.
Next up, the Safari by the Sea once again heads down to beautiful Lorne for an overnight adventure taking in award-winning Applied Learning programs from Geelong to Lorne and staying at the gorgeous Mantra Lorne Resort. Generous member discounts apply. Bookings open now.
Safari By The Sea is back for 2014! Join us for an exciting OVERNIGHT adventure along the Great Ocean Road to discover some of the Applied Learning treasures from Geelong to Lorne and back. Get on board for a PD experience unlike any other. Visiting Bellarine Secondary College, St Ignatius College, Surf Coast College and Lorne Aireys Inlet P - 12 Collegeand with a special Moonlight Cinema VCAL dinner event overlooking the beach at Mantra Lorne Resort. If you are only going to go to one PD this year, make it this one. Bookings are open now, but be quick as numbers are strictly limited.
Generously supported by Gateway LLEN, this is a FREE EVENT for Special Schools and Alternative providers. This stimulting half day event visits Heatherwood Special School, Holmesglen TAFE and Berengarra School. Get on board the Special Safari.
Were you there? What a great day it was. Have you seen the excellent Conference video yet? Check it out here. But that's not all, we have some amazing PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS to announce to conference-goers from some of our generous sponsors.
These are loaded as provided. See also 'The Edupreneur's Creed'.
From TAP - Teaching Applied Programs, we have 20 copies of the 'Success in Structured Workplace Learning - Practical Learning and Reflection Journals' to give away. The first 20 Conference-goers to email me (Adamw@vala.asn.au) with 'TAP Giveaway' in the subject line will have one posted to them.
From Big Issue Classroom, we have 3 x 50% discount vouchers off the cost of a Big Issue Classroom Workshop. The first 3 Conference-goers to email me (Adamw@vala.asn.au) with 'Big Issue Classroom Discount' in the subject line will have one posted to them.
From SYN 90.7 FM, a free live radio workshop and broadcast. Value $700! The first Conference-going-VALA-Member to email me (Adamw@vala.asn.au) with 'SYN Live radio workshop' in the subject line will have their details forwarded to Syn 90.7.
From 'Wheelz In Motion', congratulations to the 4 Men and 4 Women who have received special hair care and beauty packs. We have one luxury hair care and beauty basket to give away. The first Conference-going-VALA-Member to email me (Adamw@vala.asn.au) with 'Wheelz In Motion - beauty basket' in the subject line will have this fantastic prize posted to them.
This all day session on September 5th will be conducted by experienced VCAL numeracy educator Dave Tout, and targets middle year and VCAL teachers. The focus is on moving beyond the textbook, worksheets and 'chalk and talk' to offer an alternative approach and a chance for ALL students to succeed and enjoy mathematics learning.
The Department of Industry has contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop a free online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an individual's literacy, numeracy and employability skill levels. ACER is interested in hearing from interested literacy and numeracy providers to be involved in trials over the next few months in order to gather empirical data and to provide feedback about the assessment system.
October 15, 2.30 pm for an hour
ACER's October LLN webinar will be conducted by Stephen Reder, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University.Stephen will be presenting on the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning which systematically compares the learning trajectories and life outcomes of 1000 adults over a 10-year period.
Stephen Reder is visiting Australia through the support of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL). He is a keynote speaker at the ACAL national conference 2-4 October and is also presenting at a VALBEC Forum in Melbourne on the evening of 15 October.
The 10th Special Olympics National Games will attract more than 1200 athletes with an intellectual disability to compete with pride in Melbourne, 20 – 25 October 2014. Bringing together athletes from around the country requires the support of partners – from major corporates through to community groups and schools. SONG - Special Olympic National Games are seeking 800 volunteers to cover 16 sporting events.
Oxfam Australia is hosting the next TeachMeet Melbourne, and all teachers are welcome to attend or present on the theme 'Bringing the world to your classroom'. TeachMeets are global movement of mini 'un-conferences' where teachers of all levels and subjects share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching. Presentations go for 2 or 7 minutes, can be interpreted to share anything you like: Great projects, class management techniques, learning styles, teaching methods, tech tools, cool websites, national or global collaborations and more! When: Thursday September 18, 4:30pm to 6:30pm Where: Oxfam Australia, 132 Leicester St, Carlton (five mins walk from the Vic Markets).
The Outer Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network in partnership with Box Hill Institute, Holmesglen Institute, Federation Training and Swinburne University of Technology is hosting a special event on 25th August 2014, an Industry Skills Forum & Expo. The evening will highlight the importance of vocational training pathways including apprenticeships and traineeships. Bernard Salt from KPMG will give a Keynote address on employment trends and ways of attracting, recruiting and retaining Gen Y’s and Z’s in today’s workforce.
Working Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education. The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.