eVALA March 2020 No1    VALA

 In this issue

1. Masterclasses • Choose 1 from these options

  • Work Related Skills Units for implementation in 2020
  • Best practice in applied learning delivery
  • Passionately Planning for 2020
  • VCAL Coordination – the in’s and out’s!

2. Call for Presenters • ACEN Annual Conference

3. From the VCAA

  • Revised VCAL Curriculum for 2020
  • Review of VCAL in senior secondary schooling
  • Structured workplace learning recognition

4. Voices of Social Change FREE Online short course

5. Road to Zero – Teacher preview

6. Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

  • Love the Game – school gambling awareness education program

7. VALA 2020 Induction Day presentations

8. 2020 membership fees the same as 2019 – renew now

 

1. Masterclasses • Choose 1 from these 6 options

Work Related Skills Units for implementation in 2020

Lisa Brown, Bellarine Secondary College

Best practice in applied learning delivery

David Gallagher, VCAL advocate & Lecturer at La Trobe and Deakin University

Passionately Planning for 2020

Cherie Osta, Lorne P-12 College, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2017
Geoff Bird, Lorne P-12 College

VCAL Coordination – the in’s and out’s!

Narelle Bean, Director of Curriculum, Werribee College and VCAA VCAL teacher of the year 2016

‘Foundation VCAL in Special Schools’ and ‘Driving social change through VCAL with Videos for Change’ have been cancelled from this March round of Masterclasses. We’ll be in touch with those who have registered.

2. Call for Presenters • Annual Conference

2020 VALA ConferenceThis year’s VALA Annual Conference ‘VCAL Heroes – Developing 21st Century skills’ highlights the positive outcomes students achieve through the VCAL by intently developing (and assessing!) the 21st Century skills – and we’re seeking your input!

We are inviting educators, coordinators and principals to share their VCAL success stories on Friday, 19th of June at Jasper Hotel, Melbourne CBD.

We are seeking submissions on outstanding projects, programs, industry and community connections, individual VCAL pathways and how you advocate for VCAL in your setting, both internally and externally. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and attend the conference for free with first pick to session selection!

(Please note: The primary presenter attends free of charge, co-presenters will be charged VALA member rate, regardless of member status).

More details

3. From the VCAA

VCAA logoBulletin 56 – March 2020

Revised VCAL Curriculum for 2020

The revised VCAL curriculum is being implemented in 2020 and is now available via the VCAL Curriculum webpage.

Refer to Notice to Schools 26/2020.

Review of VCAL in senior secondary schooling

VCAL ReviewThe Victorian Government is reviewing vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling and is seeking public input.

Information will be collected through school visits, workshops, forums, meetings, online surveys and submissions. This will enable the review to provide advice on how Victoria’s vocational and applied learning education programs can effectively equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for post-school success.

For further details, see the Engage Victoria website.

Structured workplace learning recognition

Schools that want to provide SWL recognition but which have not had training should contact the VET Unit at vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au for details of upcoming activities. A webinar will be conducted in Term2.

4. Voices of Social Change FREE Online short course

Torrens University Voices of Social Change

The most significant transformations often start with small individual actions.

This Free short course is bound to support and inspire some great PDS projects!

For more information: https://www.torrens.edu.au/voices-of-social-change

5. Road to Zero – Teacher preview

Road to ZeroSecondary school teachers are invited to an exclusive preview of the TAC’s recently opened Road to Zero Education Complex at Melbourne Museum on Tuesday 17 March from 4.30 to 6 pm.

The program is specifically designed to address the Science and Health & PE curriculum for Year 9, 10 and VCAL.

Road to Zero provides an engaging and immersive exploration of the scientific principles of road safety and public health campaign development using the latest technologies.

Preview event highlights:

  • A guided tour of the Road to Zero Experience Space and opportunity to ‘test’ the high-tech activities
  • See the modern Learning Studios where students apply their learning to curriculum-linked experiences
  • Learn about the free resources that support Road to Zero education programs
  • Enjoy the catering while networking with other teachers and learning specialists.

Register to attend this free event via eventbrite. Refreshments will be provided!

Road to Zero Teacher Preview Invite

6. Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Love the Game – school gambling awareness education program

Heavy promotion by the gambling industry means that many young people have grown up thinking that betting is a normal part of sport. This is cause for significant community concern, especially with gambling opportunities available 24/7 via apps, social media and online platforms.

Recent research shows that young people are at risk of harm from gambling. Key findings include that:

  • sports betting advertising creates a misconception among teenagers that gambling is a normal part of sport
  • almost one in three students has gambled
  • six per cent of students have gambled in the past month, of which 13 per cent are at high risk of experiencing gambling harm
  • one in five adults with a gambling issue started gambling before they were 18.

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 we offer free face-to-face information sessions for teachers, parents and students (years 10–12).

To view our free curriculum resources and to arrange an information session, please visit lovethegame.vic.gov.au/schools.

If you have an queries please email schools@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au.

7. VALA 2020 Induction Day presentations

VALA Induction DayPresentations are made available here when provided by the presenters.

See all available

8. 2020 membership fees the same as 2019

Join or renew now

  • $300 for an organisation (includes four named staff) extra staff $60
  • $115 for an individual

VALA is YOUR VCAL teacher association, be part of it and enjoy your member benefits now!
As a member based, not for profit association, we heavily rely on our financial members in order to support and advocate for all providers, educators and students that make up the amazing VCAL landscape.
Join or renew your membership now and reap the benefits immediately!