VALA Conference

‘Celebrating 20 years of Applied Learning in Victoria’

June 18, 2021 • Online at your desk

 

A link to a recording of ALL sessions will be sent to participants* shortly.

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Full program

(subject to change without notice)

9.00 -10.00 Keynotes:

Positive Disruption – 20 years of putting young people at the centre through applied learning and place-based partnerships

Trent McCarthy, Chair of Victorian Local Learning and Employment Networks (VicLLENs)

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Applied Learning: Rising to the challenge for 2023 and beyond

Professor Damian Blake, Head of School for Deakin University’s School of Education

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Session A – 10:10-11:25am Choose 1 of 7

A1

Senior Secondary Certificate Reform – VCE, Vocational VCE and what next

Susan Bell, Executive Director Senior Secondary Reform, VCAA
Melanie Brooks, Education Specialist Senior Secondary Reform, VCAA
Dawn Ross, Education Specialist, VCAA

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A2

Working towards Work

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

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A3

Small group, great success (which can be replicated anywhere!)

Cherie Osta, VCAL Teacher of the year 2017
Geoff Bird, Retired VCAL Hero

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A4

A Thematic Approach to Integrated Projects: A Case Study on Respectful Relationships

Felicity Fox, VCAL Teacher, Penola Catholic College
Christina Paizes, VCAL Numeracy Teacher, Melbourne Polytechnic

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A5

Work Related Skills at the heart of Applied Learning

Tina Sonka, Applied Learning Coordinator, Nagle College, Bairnsdale

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A6

‘Partner Up’ with the VEC: Celebrating 13 years of free teaching and learning civics resources – and looking forward to the next exciting chapter!

James Fiford, Education, Inclusion & Youth Engagement Specialist, Victorian Electoral Commission
Kelly Machin, Young People Inclusion Officer, Victorian Electoral Commission

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A7

A pathway for every student: applied learning at Mentone Grammar

Shelley Muir, Head of Future Pathways/VCAL Coordinator, Mentone Grammar

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Morning Tea • 11:25 – 11:55am

Session B • 11:55 – 1:10pm Choose 1 of 7

B1

VCAL – Individualised learning programs – Forming links with Community Organisations

Kerrie Hammond, Woodmans Hill Secondary College

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B2

Community Partnerships in Applied Learning – a tour of successful community partnerships ANYONE can establish

John Tabone, Retired VCAL teacher

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B3

From Woe to Wow

Mandy Holmes, VCAL coordinator, Bairnsdale Secondary College

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B4

Bridging with Books

Mal Hand, VCAL teacher, Swinburne University

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B5

Why has VCAL been Successful?

David Gallagher, Applied Learning Mentor and Lecturer

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B6

Integrated Programs and Industry Partnerships School-wide

Rod Sheehan, Principal, Peter Lalor Vocational College

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B7

Innovation and Inclusivity at Echuca Specialist School

Meaghan Marshall, Leading Teacher and VCAL Co-ordinator, Winner of the 2018 Principal’s Association of Special Schools (PASS) Most Outstanding Team Award
Anne-Maree Prout, Leading Teacher and VCAL Co-ordinator

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Lunch • 1:10 – 2:00pm

Session C • 2:00 – 3:15pm Choose 1 of 7

Cancelled

C1

Leaving the constraints of the school timetable behind – integrated units that can be replicated anywhere!

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C2

Applied learning at the pointy end

Jane Davey, Principal PRACE College

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C3

YPEP – where young parents re-engage with their education with baby in arms

Mary Tresize-Brown, South East LLEN YPEP (Young Parents Education Program) Project Leader

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C4

20 Years of Serious Fun: Top Ten Interactive Games VCAL Students Love

Mark Collard, Director, playmeo

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C5

VCAL in the Wimmera

Josh Lloyd, CAL PDS and Literacy teacher, Holy Trinity Lutheran College Horsham

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C6

HEADSTART – The bridge between classroom and workplace

Adam Cooper, HEADSTART Cluster Director, Inner South Eastern Melbourne Region
John Geary, HEADSTART Cluster Director, Loddon Campaspe
Hari Nikolaou, HEADSTART Cluster Director, Outer South Eastern Melbourne
Marg O’Shea, HEADSTART Cluster Director, Brimbank/Melton Region

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C7

Ready, Set, Work – Applied Learning in Year 10

Lisa Brown, Bellarine Secondary College

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