November 2014 newsletter VALAWeb version

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From the CEO

1. 2015 VCAL Induction Day - Friday February 20th

2. VALA Membership renewal - no increases for membership fee

3. Success Stories in VCAL Dec 3rd OELLEN - FREE EVENT

4. Intuyu Consulting: Planning Powerful and Engaging VCAL Units Friday November 21st

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

6. ACER: Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) - Trials continue

7. Playmeo

8. Working Community

9. SAFE-T1 new resources

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

After a successful AGM recently we are delighted to announce the new Committee of Management, many of whom are returning for a further year with VALA. I would like to welcome new members Robyn Saunders, David Stillwell and Helen Weadon. My sincere thanks go to all committee members who give so generously of their time and expertise in helping to govern VALA.

Congratulations also go to the 40 teachers and thanks to the 4 schools who participated in the recent 'Safari By The Sea' - overnight PD adventure to the West coast. A truly memorable event for all involved.

1. 2015 VCAL Induction Day - Friday February 20th

A day packed with PD for teachers new to VCAL. Featuring a full program of handpicked specialist workshops designed to get your VCAL program into gear. With a new venue, and a new program with many sessions repeated, the day can be designed around your specific teaching needs. Generous discounts apply for all VALA Members.

Bookings open now.

VALA logo2. VALA Membership renewal - no increases for membership fees!

VALA maintains is commitment to providing value to members by keeping rates at 2014 levels. There has never been a better time to renew or join VALA.

Shortly you'll be invited to pay your 2015 fees early. May be you've got funds left? Here's the time and place to use them.

3. Success Stories in VCAL

Dec 3rd OELLEN - FREE EVENT

Gateway LLEN, in conjunction with the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA), and with support from the OELLEN are offering a FREE one day professional development opportunity.

This day will be suitable for teachers and practitioners from schools, TAFE & ACE programs involved in the delivery of VCAL, Pathways & Applied Learning Programs.

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4. Intuyu Consulting: Planning Powerful and Engaging VCAL Units

Friday November 21st VALA Member discounts apply

This workshop takes VCAL teachers on a journey through the thinking and structures that address student mindset, successful set up of a VCAL program, and planning for real-life learning that resonates with the students - because the students co-design the learning with you. The process highlights how to build learner responsibility, resilience and risk-taking whilst achieving all the required VCAL outcomes.

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Putting the jigsaw togther report5. Research Publication - 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.

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6. ACER: Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) - Trials continue

ACER is developing the free and comprehensive Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) for the Department of Industry. Trials of FSAT have now commenced. We have received many expressions of interest in participating in the FSAT trials, which will support us in ensuring that the final assessments will be valid, reliable and fair. However, we still need more participants and learners to undertake the trial assessments. And we have just released new skill areas including Listening and Learning and some Core Skill for Work. The trials will continue through the next few months and providers receive reports of their learner's performance.

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7. 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. Here's a free 60 minute program chock-full of simple, interactive, no-prop style activities which are perfect for any group.

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Working Communities8. Working Community

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.

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9. SAFE-T1 new resources

VALA is delighted to announce 5 great new additions to the Safe-T1 site. These 5 engaging illustrated stories have been developed with VCAL teachers and students in mind. Featuring downloadable graphic novels and student work packs, the 5 stories are augmented with teachers notes and videos and are mapped to WRS.

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