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MEMBER newsletter July 2013
An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.
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Hi everyone, welcome back. Hope you all had a great break and are feeling refreshed and ready for Semester 2. Over the break, it was my distinct pleasure to connect up with colleagues in the UK at the Innovation Unit in London to compare notes on education reform initiatives.
I came away with a strong sense of how highly regarded our collective work in VCAL is from an International perspective. I’m very much looking forward to strengthening our networks with like-minded organisations both interstate and abroad. But for now its back to work. See below for some excellent free resources that we have available for download, as well as a host of stimulating events from some of our fantastic network partners. Watch out for VALA’s upcoming Safari series of on-the-road PD events (details still being finalised) and more great resources in the pipeline.
Remember to keep us up to speed with all the great work you have been doing, as we always love to hear from members. In the meantime I would like to wish all our members the best for a great term ahead.
Sunday 4th - Tuesday 6th August - 2013
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Understanding the Brain is a hot topic, as neuroscience comes up with new and surprising findings. Research Conference 2013 makes links between this new knowledge and how people of any age can learn more effectively.
The Skilling Challenge (workforce planning for DisabilityCare Australia)
Friday 9th August, MCG
VISTA and Independence Australia have planned a full day conference to explore the workforce implications arising from the NDIS.
Uncharted territory? Navigating the new Australian Curriculum
Wednesday 25 September - Friday 27 September 2013.
This conference aims to build the capacity of curriculum leaders by exploring the Cross Curriculum Priorities.
Listed as one of the top VET teacher e-learning toolkit essentials, the ability to use an e-Portfolio as part of teaching and learning was included in the National VET e-Learning strategy in 2012. But what does it all mean and how can your e-Portfolios be integrated into your teaching practice? This webinar will explore these concepts and provide you with some basics on how to
begin using this fantastic learning tool.
Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am - 11.30am
The National VET e-Learning strategy recently released the VET e-Standards document that recommends the essential skills that all competent VET practitioners should have. But what are they? How can I apply them to my teaching practice? Join this webinar and find out how to integrate the standards into your professional identity.
WorkSafe Victoria produces a range of communications designed to help organisations keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments in Health and Safety, Return to Work and Health and Wellbeing programs. Many of these may be of use to VCAL WRS teachers.
Victoria Legal Aid produces this free teaching manual for anyone educating young people about legal issues. It is aimed at 14 to 16 year olds or year 9 and 10 students. The kit has five modules: Human rights, Authority, My body, When things hurt, Becoming independent.
Each module has fact sheets and a range of classroom activities. All modules are mapped to Victorian Essential Learning Standards. Each module has its own Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning checklist.
'Building Strength with Numeracy' are adult numeracy resources that will have value for some VCAL classes. The free online materials have been produced by VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council) and revise and improve on the iconic adult numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other 'tried and true' numeracy teaching resources.
The new resource is a collection of activities that builds on and updates elements of the previous resources, as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises.
This short video is an accompaniment to our new VCAL First document and is intended as an introduction to VCAL for students, parents and new teachers. Produced by VALA for the VCAA, VCAL for Life puts VCAL in context for anyone new to VCAL, featuring interviews with award winning VCAL teachers, a parent and an employer. Of particular interest is the fact that this video has been produced with the assistance of a group of Senior and Intermediate VCAL students.
This new digital publication, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.
Working Community Program - Resource 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.
VALA has developed some excellent resources for young workers with WorkSafe Victoria on OHS. These have been recently updated to align with the revised VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) units.
The Film Fest provides teachers with a creative and fun way to engage young learners, challenging them to make their own film on a consumer-based topic.
Entering the competition is a great way for your students to tell us what they think about consumer issues that affect them - and there are some great prizes up for grabs.
Entries close Friday, 6 September 2013.
Nominations are now open for the 2013 CPTAV Awards.
Since 2009, the opportunity has been provided annually for one nomination to be received from each financial member association for consideration by the CPTAV Outstanding Professional Service Annual Awards Committee.