In this issue

From the CEO

1. Membership - renew or join now

2. From the VCAA Bulletin No.15. February 2016

3. Professional Development

VCAL Induction Day

VALA Annual Conference - 'Contemporary Learning - Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart'

'Practical Steps to STEAM' and 'You Can Teach Coding' workshops

2016 Generation Next Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar

The Education Show

4. Programs

National Close the Gap Day

Playmeo

5. Employment opportunities

Part-time VCAL Positions, Melbourne Outer East

6. Grants

Leader Local Grants

Helene Rooks From the CEO

Welcome to the first edition of the VALA newsletter for 2016! We hope you have had a well deserved break over summer and are settling into the new school year. We kick of the year with the VALA VCAL Induction Day on Friday the 19th of February at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne. This popular conference is designed for teachers and coordinators new to VCAL to support a safe landing in the wonderful world of VCAL. Registration is still open, book now to secure your place. Later this year we are holding our Annual Conference themed: Contemporary Learning - Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart. We will send out a request for Expressions of interest to present shortly. With several projects and professional development opportunities in the pipeline we are looking forward to another great year in Applied Learning,

Warm Regards on behalf of VALA,

Helene

1. Membership - renew or join now

VALA maintains is commitment to providing value to members by keeping rates at 2015 levels. There has never been a better time to renew or join VALA.

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VALA members receive generous discounts to VALA events, have access to our resource section as well as full access to Playmeo!

2. From the VCAA Bulletin No.15. February 2016

Quality Assurance arrangements for 2016 … read more

Webinar: Completing a VCAL SATT … read more

3. Professional Development

VCAL Induction Day

Friday February 19, 2016 @ Jasper Hotel Melbourne

New to VCAL and looking for ideas, inspiration and support? Featuring a jam-packed program of handpicked specialist workshops designed to get you and your VCAL program into gear. A new CBD venue and a program that allows you to design the day around your specific needs. Generous discounts apply for all VALA Members.

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VALA Annual Conference - 'Contemporary Learning- Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart'

Friday 17th of June @ Monash University, Caulfield campus

In order to successfully engage and support our students on their journey towards adulthood we need to strike a balance between engaging the Head (knowledge and theory), Hands (practical application/skills) and Heart (wellbeing and connectedness). Featuring workshops and presentations covering all 3 conference strands, this extraordinary event caters for years 9 - 12 practitioners from all sectors, subjects and settings. VALA will send out an Expression of Interest shortly so perhaps now is the time to consider how you can contribute?

'Practical Steps to STEAM' and 'You Can Teach Coding' workshops

March 11-18, 2016

Mike Lloyd, Founder of CLWB.org, a worldwide thought leader, author of "Schooling at the Speed of Thought', and education technologist, will deliver a series of workshops around Victoria set within the context of the Australian Technologies curriculum. The two workshops 'Practical Steps to STEAM' and 'You Can Teach Coding' are being held in Ballarat, Geelong, and Melbourne in the week of March 11 - 18. Registrations close by Feb 24 so you will need to get in quick!

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2016 Generation Next Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar

Friday 15 July 2016, 9.00am – 5.00pm. @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Are you interested in learning more about the issues affecting children and youth? Do you want to keep up to date with the latest strategies and tools to better support the young people you work with? Strategies to build resilience - Alcohol, drugs and youth update - Anxiety – prevention and response - Self-protection strategies for children - Cybersafety update - Tackling racism in classrooms - Supporting students with a learning disability…and much more!

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The Education Show

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September 2016 @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Education Show' supports teachers on the latest products and resources that are currently out in the market.

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4. Programs

National Close the Gap Day

Thursday 17th March 2016.

Close the Gap Day is Australia's largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign and a great way for students to learn about national health equality issues. Plus it's linked to the Australian Curriculum: Geography Yr 10 and History Years 9 &10, and a great way for teachers to tackle the cross-cutting priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Last year, more than 92,000 students and teachers from 350 schools took part in National Close the Gap Day activities. Will your school join us to mark our milestone tenth anniversary next year? As educators, we must continue to work together to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality becomes a reality by 2030 ― our students' generation.

Register now to receive a free resource pack from Oxfam Australia. The resources are about empowering students to create and lead their own National Close the Gap Day events, while teaching them about the gap in health outcomes and how we can close it together.

Playmeo

VALA membership includes access to playmeo's ever-expanding online database of group games & activities specifically designed to equip teachers with outrageously fun and interactive group activities.

Lots more ideas

5. Employment opportunities

Part-time VCAL Positions, Melbourne Outer East

Swinburne University of Technology has vacancies for part-time (sessional) VCAL teachers. Strands: Literacy and Personal Development Skills. Locations: Croydon and Wantirna.

More information and a position description email vcal@swin.edu.au

6. Grants

Leader Local Grants

Applications close 4 March 2016

$33,000 in $1,000 micro-grants to fund local projects. Do you have an idea to improve your community? You can apply for a $1,000 Leader Local Grant to help make it happen.

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