In this issue

From the CEO

1. Five Young Workers Stories - Feedback sought!

2. Safe-T1 - New Fresh website launched

3. Research Publications

The Victoria Institute. 'Passport to a Positive Future'

The Victoria Institute. 'Putting The Jigsaw Together' - Flexible Learning Programs in Australia

4. Professional Development

Intuyu Consulting

VET Development Centre 2015 Teaching and Learning conference

5. Resources

New literacy resource from Multifangled

Playmeo

6. Not yet a member? Join now and get a discount

Six month discount

7. Tips and Tricks for using video in the classroom

Helene Rooks From the CEO

It was great to see so many participants at our recent conference! For the first time our conference spanned 2 days and included local and international speakers and presenters. As always it was a great opportunity to share fantastic projects, hear about the latest research and network with other educators. Thank you to all for helping us make this event such a success. I was particularly impressed with the VCAL students from Ringwood Secondary College, who did an outstanding job in directing everyone to the right place and did some awesome quick thinking and on the spot problem solving.

Many presenters have provided their PowerPoint and documents here.

Later this year: the annual Safari by the Sea is taking shape, details to follow in the August newsletter.

Please take a moment to provide some feedback on the 5 Young Workers Stories following the link below and enter into the draw for some great mystery prizes!

1. Five Young Workers Stories - Feedback sought!

Many of you will have seen and used the new WorkSafe resource: '5 Young Workers Stories'. These resources have been developed with support of VCAL students and teachers alike. Now it is time for you to let us know what you think! We would appreciate it if you could spend 5-10 minutes to complete the brief survey and be in the draw for some great VALA mystery giveaways!

Complete the survey

See the stories

2. Safe-T1 - New Fresh website launched

The new SafeT1 website was launched at last month's VALA conference! Whilst a lot of background work was done to improve the navigation of the site, it has been completely revamped and given a fresh new look.

Check it out

3. Research Publications

The Victoria Institute. 'Passport to a Positive Future'

Last month the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, The Hon James Merlino MP, officially launched project research by the Victoria Institute regarding Melbourne Academy.

‘Passport to a Positive Future: Evaluation of the Melbourne Academy' examines the impact of Melbourne City Mission's flexible learning program for young people experiencing disengagement from schooling at a time when youth unemployment is high and demand for flexible learning programs is on the rise, particularly amongst early school leavers who want to re-engage.

Full report

The Victoria Institute. 'Putting The Jigsaw Together' - Flexible Learning Programs in Australia

Flexible learning programs generate substantial benefits for individual young people as well as for their communities and broader Australian social and economic imperatives, according to this report. The research for Putting the Jigsaw Together focused on the provision of education for disadvantaged young people through flexible learning programs in Australia. The overall goal of the project was to both assess and enhance the potential of flexible learning programs to contribute to marginalised young people's learning and wellbeing, as well as to national educational attainment and social inclusion goals.

Full report

4. Professional Development

Intuyu Consulting

As those of you who participated in recent VALA conferences may have experienced, Intuyu Consulting offers practical workshops that make a real and immediate difference to your practice. Intuyu is offering a special 15% VALA members discount on top of their other discounts for ANY of their upcoming workshops. For more information on each workshop click on the links below.

Registration and more

Friday 31st July 2015

Learning Goals and Success Criteria - A User's Guide

Catering for Gifted and Talented Students

Friday 7th August 2015

Purposeful Planning for Differentiation in the Classroom

VCAL - Pulling it all Together

Friday 4th September 2015

Developing a Culture of Collaborative Teamwork

For bespoke professional development with your teachers, email Rachel at office@intuyuconsulting.com.au

VET Development Centre 2015 Teaching and Learning conference

3-4 September, RACV Resort Torquay

Registrations are open for the 2015 Teaching and Learning conference, delivered by the VET Development Centre.

Full program

5. Resources

New literacy resource from Multifangled

'Absolutely brilliant PD, loved it' and 'Outside the box!' was the feedback on Lee Kindler's '10 Radical ideas for reluctant writers' workshop at the conference.

The new resource focuses on forms of writing that are immediate, accessible and provide instant inspiration for students that may not always feel comfortable getting their ideas down.

This affordable and engaging resource is available from Multifangled.

Free sample pages and free ideas from '10 Radical ideas for reluctant writers'

The first 5 VALA members who e-mail helene@vala.asn.au with 'Reluctant writers' in the subject line will receive a free copy, thanks to Multifangled.

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.

Free 60 minute program chock-full of simple, interactive, no-prop style activities which are perfect for any group.

Free playmeo resources

Members use your password and login details at the VALA Resources page and get access to all playmeo resources.

6. Not yet a member? Join now and get a discount.

Join the VALA community now and enjoy full VALA member benefits such as generous discount on PD and VALA conferences, full access to our resource section and Playmeo.

Six month discount

Join now and only pay 50% of the regular fee for the remainder of this year!

Six month discount payment page

7. Tips and Tricks for using video in the classroom

One teacher's approach that will keep your students engaged.

Watch it