eVALA June 2020    VALA

 In this issue

  1. VCAL Heroes – Delivering 21st Century skills
  2. From the VCAA – VCAL certification at midyear
  3. The Education State: Lessons from Remote and Flexible Learning – survey.
  4. Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation – now also offering on-line sessions.
  5. High Resolves – Free resources – “In This Together”
  6. Monash University Research into Neuromyths – seeking your input.

VCA Conference VCAL Heroes1. ‘VCAL Heroes – Developing 21st Century skills’

We continue to explore ways to bring our Annual Conference to you later this year, be it face to face, online or both. We therefore continue to invite educators, coordinators and principals to share their VCAL success stories!

Submit a proposal

Please email Helene if you like to discuss this further!

2. From the VCAA

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Notice to Schools 65/2020 – 3 June 2020

VCAL certification at midyear

Students who have completed the requirements for the award of a VCAL by Friday 19 June 2020 have the opportunity to receive a VCAL certificate and Statement of Results in mid-July.

Schools should follow the VASS ‘Midyear Reporting’ procedures to identify students who are eligible for midyear VCAL certification.

Students who complete a VCAL certificate at midyear will not be eligible to complete the VCE in the same calendar year. If there is a possibility that the student’s program may make them eligible for either senior secondary certificate, the student should be consulted to determine which certificate they wish to be awarded in 2020.

Any enrolments (VCE units, VCAL units and VET units of competency) undertaken by a student who successfully completes their VCAL cannot contribute to the award of a subsequent VCE.

The Education State: Lessons from Remote and Flexible Learning

Survey closes June 30


3. Love the Game

School gambling awareness education program – now also available through on-line sessions

The Foundation’s Love the Game School Education Program plays an important role in helping students to understand the risks and recognise the potential harms associated with gambling. In addition to its various VCAL Numeracy, Literacy, Personal Development curriculum resources the Foundation offers free face-to-face information sessions for teachers, parents and students (Years 10–12). The VRGF can now deliver an online session education session to students from Years 10-12.

Get free curriculum resources

Book a gambling education session

Queries? email schools@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

High Resolves logo4. Challenging Conversations

We are facing a major point in history.

We are confronted by scenes in the media that challenge our thinking about race, privilege and unconscious bias. From unrest and violence on the streets of America, through to examples of inequity in our own backyard.

As we reflect on National Reconciliation Week’s theme, “In this together” we acknowledge that we all have a part to play to define, create and lead the world we want to live in.

High Resolves has curated a series of FREE resources to support you in having these complex and challenging conversations in your classroom. These lessons will help your students understand and identify the ways they can help to build a better future for all.

Free resources

Join us for the free webinar Talking About Racism

Tuesday, 16 June | 3.30pm – 4.30pm | Zoom webinar
Join us for this interactive webinar where we will discuss how you can use these resources to have meaningful conversations about racism with your students.

Register for the webinar now!

5. Monash Research Project – Neuromyths

Recruiting participants to respond to a survey on Neuromyths. – 12 minute survey

Are you a teacher in Victoria, Australia? Are you interested in the applications of neuroscience in your classroom? If so, you are invited to take part in the quiz/survey.

Latha Shiva, a graduate researcher at Monash University is conducting a research into the prevalence of neuromyths among Victorian teachers. ‘Neuromyths’ are misconceptions about brain research that could impact education and learning. The current study examines the prevalence of neuromyths among Victorian teachers and explores teachers’ beliefs of neuroscience on education.

Your expertise and input will be extremely valuable in making recommendations to include neuroscience-based instructional strategies for future use. She would therefore greatly appreciate your participation in this study.

Please feel free to share this survey with other teachers in Victoria who might also be interested. Participation is entirely voluntary, and you can drop out of the quiz/survey anytime.

To read the explanatory statement and begin the study, please click on the link below or copy and paste in your browser.

Alternatively, you could scan the QR code to take you to the survey!