In this issue

1. From the CEO

Annual conference 'Contemporary Learning - Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart'.

2. New Resource for Staff Working in Flexible Learning Programs!

3. Membership

Non-renewals lose membership access

4. Armed and Dangerous

5. Professional Development

ACER and Multifangled: Having fun with Maths.

VET Development Centre: VET in Schools Professional Development

Intuyu Consulting: Practical Steps to STEAM and Teaching Coding

Intuyu Consulting: Planning Rigorous Integrated Inquiry Learning

6. Conferences

VET Development Centre Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

ACER Annual conference: Excellence in Professional Practice Conference - Collaboration for school improvement

7. Resources

Playmeo

Chinese Museum Melbourne - Education programs

Consumer Stuff

1. From the CEO

'Contemporary Learning - Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart'

VALA is proud to present this year's annual conference 'Contemporary Learning - Engaging the Head, Hands and Heart'. To engage and support 21st century students with their education, we as educators need to strike a balance between engaging the Head (knowledge and theory), Hands (practical application/skills) and Heart (wellbeing and connectedness). With a strong field of presenters, great venue and report writing out of the way, we are looking forward to yet another inspiring day of workshops and presentations. Registrations are now open with great early bird and member discounts. Book now and don't miss out!

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2. New Resource for Staff Working in Flexible Learning Programs!

The Professional Learning Directory for Flexible Learning Programs (Victoria) was developed to support staff to more easily locate professional learning opportunities that are relevant to their work with young people. Over 90 listings from 70 plus providers are categorised into different topic areas. The directory was built as part of a Victoria Institute project supported by a Victoria University grant and project partners Melbourne City Mission, Oakwood School, SEDA and VALA. The listings were compiled following consultation with flexible learning providers and staff but please note listing in the directory is not an endorsement.

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3. Membership

Membership renewal invoices have been sent. Not got yours? Ask for an invoice at info@vala.asn.au (tell us your name and your organisations's name). Membership benefits include discounts for the 2016 Conference on June 17. You also get access to the Resources, including playmeo activities (see below), access to advice and other exclusive member-only benefits from our supporters.

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Non-renewals lose membership access

Organisations, schools and individuals who have not yet renewed for 2016 will no longer be able to access VALA resources.

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Armed and dangerous film festival4. Armed and Dangerous

1.30pm, May 28, St Kilda Town Hall. FREE event

Armed & Dangerous is the Youth Program of the St Kilda Film festival, an inclusive, non-competitive showcase of student work from a diverse range of education providers featuring work from young people undertaking VCAL and VET courses as well as mainstream schools from years 7 – 10.

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5. Professional Development

ACERACER and Multifangled: Having fun with Maths.

Run by Dave Tout. Melbourne May 19 & June 2

This popular, hands-on workshop delivered by ACER and Multifangled will enable participants to experience a variety of games and activities suitable for classroom use with a range of maths, numeracy, literacy and ESL students. The activities focus on the development of core maths skills through approaches such as cooperative group work that also encourage the development of mathematical language, the use of real-life and hands-on Multifangledmaterials, as well as having fun with maths. The maths content will focus on areas such as numbers, measurement, statistics and data, location and direction, and will illustrate alternative approaches to the traditional worksheet or textbook approach for teaching numeracy and maths. The activities have mainly been developed for youth and adult numeracy students but are suitable for all students, especially middle years and VCAL students.

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VET Development CentreVET Development Centre: VET in Schools Professional Development

The VET Development Centre has designed a range of professional development programs to support the on-going development of professionals working with vocational education and training (VET) in secondary schools. These programs are fully funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and focus on ensuring compliance, delivery, quality assessment and productive partnerships.

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Intuyu ConsultingIntuyu Consulting: Practical Steps to STEAM and Teaching Coding

Friday 17th June, 2016 - Trinity Grammar, Kew VIC

This workshop is a great introduction to both the Design and Technologies Curriculum and the Digital Technologies Curriculum. It gives an excellent insight on how teachers can infuse both into their current curriculum planning. Suitable for both Primary and Secondary schools.

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Intuyu ConsultingIntuyu Consulting: Planning Rigorous Integrated Inquiry Learning

Friday 3rd June, 2016 - Templestowe College, Lower Templestowe, VIC

This workshop delivered by Intuyu Consulting takes teachers step by step through HOW they can plan rigorous inquiry units (integrated or not) starting with the Australian or State Curriculum. The planning process addresses developing learner centred-learning, self-regulation and meta-cognition, and developing big picture concepts and essential questions in a natural way. The planning process is built upon teachers developing shared common understandings of learning and progression and provides simple structures for formative and summative assessment.

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6. Conferences

VER DEvelopment Centre VET Development Centre Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

September 19 & 20, Torquay

the 2016 VDC Teaching and Learning Conference 'Full Steam Ahead' highlights how VET educators can achieve high quality delivery, innovative teaching practices and improved student outcomes. The conference program focuses on STEAM; the science of learning Strategy, enhanching Teaching with technology, engineering student Engagement, developing the oart of Assessment and Managing with mathematical precision.

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ACERACER Annual conference: Excellence in Professional Practice Conference - Collaboration for school improvement

May 19 & 20, Melbourne.

The EPPC is a conference presented by practitioners, for practitioners. EPPC is for teachers, school leaders and researchers, teams collaborating for improvement in year levels, across a whole school, in clusters of schools or partnering with external organisations. More than 120 educators from across Australia and around the world will gather in Melbourne to discuss this year's theme: 'Collaboration for school improvement'.

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7. Resources

playmeoPlaymeo

VALA membership includes full access to playmeo's ever-expanding online database of group games & activities specifically designed to equip teachers with outrageously fun and interactive group activities. To access all the playmeo resources using the VALA membership benefit, log into VALA Resources (you'll need your VALA password which was supplied when you subscribed or renewed for 2016)

Playmeo in VALA Resources

Chinese MuseumChinese Museum Melbourne - Education programs

The Chinese Museum education programs are aligned for F to VCE and offers a superb range of programs that will bring both the Chinese Australian story and Chinese Culture to life. Based on one hour segments museum tours and activities are presented by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Most schools like to come into Melbourne to experience a full program day, which may include guided tours, craft workshops, dance and kung fu workshops, advanced Mandarin skills and lunches! Some schools prefer not to travel so the museum brings an exciting and engaging series of workshops and programs to the school. Recognising that some schools may have more limited budgets they offer a Subsidy program which provides two free places in each group of five. Available in terms 1 and 4 only.

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Consumer AffairsConsumer Stuff

Consumer Affairs Victoria has developed a range of practical and engaging curriculum resources that are aligned to the VELS and the VCAL.The materials focus on life skills that enable young people to become smart consumers.

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