Session details

Subject to change without notice

10.30 – 11.30 am Session A – choose 1 of 8

Most sessions are repeated in Session B

A1

Integrated Projects in VCAL

Room 9

Cherie Osta, 2017 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, Lorne- P-12 College

VCAL gives you the opportunity to integrate some or all the strands together creating innovative possibilities for new learning experiences. Cherie shows us the tricks to getting it right, from planning and facilitating to gathering evidence!

Cherie Osta is an extremely committed and motivated teacher who develops meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with her students and the community. This has been acknowledged through multiple VCAA VCAL awards, with the 2017 VCAL Teacher of the Year Award the most recent. Cherie is a dynamic conference presenter and VALA committee member with over 8 years of working in applied learning at Lorne P-12 College.

A2

How to manage difficult teenage behaviours in a VCAL setting

Room 2

Mal Hand, Swinburne TAFE

This interactive workshop will be chock full of take-home tricks of the trade on how to establish, manage and maintain a positive learning environment for your VCAL students. If you are looking for more on ‘How to manage difficult teenage behaviours’, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Mal Hand has spent her life working with teenagers – as a Secondary school teacher of English and Maths; as a youth worker, and as a foster parent. She has been teaching VCAL for many years, and teaches all strands of the program. Mal has an abiding interest in adolescent wellbeing. She is also a published author, writing under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Margaret. Mal considers herself very fortunate to be able to use her teaching and youth work skills to assist these resilient young people with their challenges on the journey to adulthood.

A3

VCAL First – The basics

Room Main Hall

Dr. Cornelia DeBrincat, Program Manager, VCAL unit Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Cornelia takes us through VCAL – step by step. Bring all your questions along.

Cornelia DeBrincat is a program manager in the VCAL unit at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Cornelia manages a number of projects within the VCAL unit, including the VCAL curriculum unit reviews, VCAL Achievement Awards, delivery of induction programs for new VCAL providers and delivery of Themed VCAL programs. Cornelia has been involved in education for a number of years and has taught within the school, TAFE and Higher Education sectors. Cornelia has completed a PhD on VCAL at the University of Melbourne.

A4

Quality Assurance

Room 8

Justine Sakurai, Sandringham College

Quality Assurance, the mere mention of it sends shivers down some spines. But there is no need! Quality Assurance is a supported process to ensure all VCAL programs meet the benchmark of minimum standards to successfully meet VCAL outcomes. Join Justine and learn about the ins and outs of QA, ask your burning questions and get reassured. It is not as scary as you think! If you are looking for more on QA assurance including dedicated support on how to complete your QA template, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Justine is currently teaching at Sandringham College. Justine has been teaching in the VCAL program for over 10 years and loved every minute of it. Justine advocates a hands-on practical approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy and encourages her students to be independent thinkers and doers. She thinks a class that motivates students with physical components is more likely to encourage long term memory of key concepts. Justine applies current knowledge and science of teenage brain development to her teaching methodology. She hopes you enjoy her session.

CANCELLED

A5

PDS – VCAL and Community Partnerships

Room 1

Jane Davey, Youth programs Manager, Preston and Reservoir Adult and Community Education (PRACE)

Building successful partnerships with your community is essential in growing a great program. Delivering VCAL in a Not-for-profit, charity setting means that funds are often scarce, and you must create meaningful partnerships within the community to build a robust program that has all the resources, experiences and opportunities necessary for the students to thrive and succeed. Jane shows us how it’s done.

Jane is the Manager of Youth Programs at PRACE. She and her team have worked together for the last 10 years to offer disengaged young people the opportunity to complete their Senior Secondary Certificate (VCAL) in an alternative educational environment.

A6

Numeracy

Room 3&4

Jamie Gray, Leading Teacher, Peter Lalor Secondary College

Numeracy is fun the way Jamie does it. Learn how to bring numbers to life for your students and walk away with heaps of resources and ideas! Jamie will also co-present the New Numeracy units Masterclass the day before the Induction day.

Jamie Gray has been teaching maths and science for thirty years and has been involved with the VCAL program since it piloted in 2003. Jamie has co-written materials for VCAL students and teachers including VCAL First and the VCAL Numeracy materials for Responsible Gambling Victoria. Jamie also regularly lectures teachers on Numeracy issues at universities, conferences and workshops. Recently, Jamie has co-written the new VCAL Numeracy units and prepares articles for VCAL teachers through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s Common Denominator.

A7

Structured Workplace Learning – SWL placement Portal – SWL recognition towards the VCAL

Room 5

Sharon Neal, Structured Workplace Learning Team Leader – Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows school students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). Support is available from your Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) to find SWL placements for students undertaking VET programs as part of their VCE, VCAL or SBATs.

The role of the LLEN is to work with schools, employers and industry groups to identify appropriate SWL placements that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. This includes facilitating placements for students who are ‘hard to place’ and finding placements that are ‘hard to source’.

The LLEN publishes opportunities on the SWL Statewide Portal. Sharon will demonstrate how the portal provides teachers and students with easy to navigate information and referral point for diverse structured workplace learning opportunities.

Sharon joined the OELLEN team in 2016 and brings with her extensive experience from the employment services industry in training, case management and employer liaison. Possessing a background in Education, Sharon also has a working history in Sales and Marketing.

A8

Literacy reading and writing- addressing low literacy levels

Room 6

Mieke Alexander, Educational Special Projects

Low Literacy skills in VCAL, we all have students who need additional support in improving their reading and writing skills Are you looking for strategies to support students in improving their reading and writing skills? This one is for you! If you are looking for more on ‘addressing low literacy levels’, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day?

Mieke’s career in education spans almost 40 years, ranging from primary schools to teaching adults and young people in community education settings. A qualified teacher, VET trainer and assessor (Cert IV in Education Support) and experienced presenter she has delivered PD on gifted children, integrated curriculum, learning to learn, assessing mathematics, thinking curriculum and designing rich assessment tasks. Her workshops are full of practical advice and strategies which are delivered with humour and affection.

11.30 am – 12.30 pm Session B – choose 1 of 8

Most sessions are repeats of Session A

B1

Skills for Further Study

Room 9

Mark Hunt, Senior VCAL teacher/coordinator at Cire Community School.

Skills for Further Study is a unit designed to prepare and extend VCAL students ability to participate and complete higher levels of study. Mark will share how the unit can be delivered and share some practical ideas for delivery.

Mark is the Senior VCAL teacher and VCAL Coordinator at Cire Community School. Mark has been teaching VCAL for over 8 years and has delivered the SFS unit for 6 years. During this time Mark has successfully demonstrated the benefits of this VCAL unit by providing VCAL students from a wide variety of backgrounds with the skills required to thrive in tertiary education settings. His delivery of this unit has consistently received praise during the VCAA VCAL Quality Assurance process

B2

How to manage difficult teenage behaviours in a VCAL setting

Room 2

Mal Hand, Swinburne TAFE

This interactive workshop will be chock full of take-home tricks of the trade on how to establish, manage and maintain a positive learning environment for your VCAL students. If you are looking for more on ‘How to manage difficult teenage behaviours’, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Mal Hand has spent her life working with teenagers – as a Secondary school teacher of English and Maths; as a youth worker, and as a foster parent. She has been teaching VCAL for many years, and teaches all strands of the program. Mal has an abiding interest in adolescent wellbeing. She is also a published author, writing under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Margaret. Mal considers herself very fortunate to be able to use her teaching and youth work skills to assist these resilient young people with their challenges on the journey to adulthood.

B3

VCAL First – The basics

Room Main Hall

Dr. Cornelia DeBrincat, Program Manager, VCAL unit Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Cornelia takes us through VCAL – step by step. Bring all your questions along.

Cornelia DeBrincat is a program manager in the VCAL unit at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Cornelia manages a number of projects within the VCAL unit, including the VCAL curriculum unit reviews, VCAL Achievement Awards, delivery of induction programs for new VCAL providers and delivery of Themed VCAL programs. Cornelia has been involved in education for a number of years and has taught within the school, TAFE and Higher Education sectors. Cornelia has completed a PhD on VCAL at the University of Melbourne.

B4

Quality Assurance

Room 8

Justine Sakurai, Sandringham College

Quality Assurance, the mere mention of it sends shivers down some spines. But there is no need! Quality Assurance is a supported process to ensure all VCAL programs meet the benchmark of minimum standards to successfully meet VCAL outcomes. Join Justine and learn about the ins and outs of QA, ask your burning questions and get reassured. It is not as scary as you think! If you are looking for more on QA assurance including dedicated support on how to complete your QA template, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Justine is currently teaching at Sandringham College. Justine has been teaching in the VCAL program for over 10 years and loved every minute of it. Justine advocates a hands-on practical approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy and encourages her students to be independent thinkers and doers. She thinks a class that motivates students with physical components is more likely to encourage long term memory of key concepts. Justine applies current knowledge and science of teenage brain development to her teaching methodology. She hopes you enjoy her session.

CANCELLED

B5

PDS – VCAL and Community Partnerships

Room 1

Jane Davey, Youth programs Manager, Preston and Reservoir Adult and Community Education (PRACE)

Building successful partnerships with your community is essential in growing a great program. Delivering VCAL in a Not-for-profit, charity setting means that funds are often scarce, and you must create meaningful partnerships within the community to build a robust program that has all the resources, experiences and opportunities necessary for the students to thrive and succeed. Jane shows us how it’s done.

Jane is the Manager of Youth Programs at PRACE. She and her team have worked together for the last 10 years to offer disengaged young people the opportunity to complete their Senior Secondary Certificate (VCAL) in an alternative educational environment.

FULL

B6

Numeracy

Room 3&4

Jamie Gray, Leading Teacher, Peter Lalor Secondary College

Numeracy is fun the way Jamie does it. Learn how to bring numbers to life for your students and walk away with heaps of resources and ideas! Jamie will also co-present the New Numeracy units Masterclass the day before the Induction day.

Jamie Gray has been teaching maths and science for thirty years and has been involved with the VCAL program since it piloted in 2003. Jamie has co-written materials for VCAL students and teachers including VCAL First and the VCAL Numeracy materials for Responsible Gambling Victoria. Jamie also regularly lectures teachers on Numeracy issues at universities, conferences and workshops. Recently, Jamie has co-written the new VCAL Numeracy units and prepares articles for VCAL teachers through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s Common Denominator.

B7

Structured Workplace Learning – SWL placement Portal – SWL recognition towards the VCAL

Room 5

Sharon Neal, Structured Workplace Learning Team Leader – Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows school students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). Support is available from your Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) to find SWL placements for students undertaking VET programs as part of their VCE, VCAL or SBATs.

The role of the LLEN is to work with schools, employers and industry groups to identify appropriate SWL placements that are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. This includes facilitating placements for students who are ‘hard to place’ and finding placements that are ‘hard to source’.

The LLEN publishes opportunities on the SWL Statewide Portal. Sharon will demonstrate how the portal provides teachers and students with easy to navigate information and referral point for diverse structured workplace learning opportunities.

Sharon joined the OELLEN team in 2016 and brings with her extensive experience from the employment services industry in training, case management and employer liaison. Possessing a background in Education, Sharon also has a working history in Sales and Marketing.

FULL

B8

Literacy reading and writing- addressing low literacy levels

Room 6

Mieke Alexander, Educational Special Projects

Low Literacy skills in VCAL, we all have students who need additional support in improving their reading and writing skills Are you looking for strategies to support students in improving their reading and writing skills? This one is for you! If you are looking for more on ‘addressing low literacy levels’, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day?

Mieke’s career in education spans almost 40 years, ranging from primary schools to teaching adults and young people in community education settings. A qualified teacher, VET trainer and assessor (Cert IV in Education Support) and experienced presenter she has delivered PD on gifted children, integrated curriculum, learning to learn, assessing mathematics, thinking curriculum and designing rich assessment tasks. Her workshops are full of practical advice and strategies which are delivered with humour and affection.

12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch, networking and displays

Upper and Lower Foyer

1.15 – 2.15 Session C – choose 1 of 8

All sessions are repeated in Session D

FULL

C1

VCAL Numeracy in Action.

Room 8

Justine Sakurai, Sandringham Secondary College

Numeracy with a bang! Justine gets the numbers working in your favour. Join her in this hands-on workshop and learn how to engage your students through high octane numeracy activities. Hold on tight! Justine will also co-present New Numeracy units Masterclass the day before the Induction day!

Justine is currently teaching at Sandringham College. Justine has been teaching in the VCAL program for over 10 years, and loved every minute of it. Justine advocates a hands-on practical approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy, and encourages her students to be independent thinkers and doers. She thinks a class that motivates students with physical components is more likely to encourage long term memory of key concepts. Justine applies current knowledge and science of teenage brain development to her teaching methodology. She hopes you enjoy her session.

FULL

C2

Changes to the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strands for 2019

Room 2

Shane O’Connor, VCAA VCAL Project Manager

Over the last few years the VCAA has conducted a review of the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand. Key changes resulting from this review include new Numeracy Units for implementation in the 2019 school year. This session will outline the changes to the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand with a particular focus on the new Numeracy Unit 2 at both Intermediate and Senior level.

The requirements for the Units will be outlined as well as the Advice for Teachers documents. The workshop will be a two-way flow of ideas and suggestions so come along to both receive and also give! If you are looking for more on the new Numeracy units, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Shane O’Connor is a Program Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). His role involves extensive VCAL teacher professional learning, VCAL curriculum review and resource development aimed at supporting the delivery of VCAL across the state.

C3

Essential elements for a solid applied learning lesson/activity

Room Main Hall

David Gallagher – Mentor, Lecturer and Applied Learning Consultant

In this workshop, David will share his considerable experience in applied learning. He was the former VCAL Manager at the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority, his current role is a mentor to a number of VCAL providers, both in Victoria and interstate, a sessional lecturer at Latrobe University in applied learning and assessment and works as an applied learning consultant.

Building on this rich experience and referencing a number of applied learning theories, David will outline the essential elements that are necessary for any applied learning lesson or activity. Participants will leave the presentation with a checklist to benchmark their own applied learning lessons/activities.

David Gallagher has been involved with secondary education for 50 years. He was the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Manager with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2014. David has a Master of Education (Applied Learning), a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching – Secondary.

During his career David has provided professional development activities for teachers in Victoria, interstate and internationally, including the Institute of Applied Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided advice and support to establish an applied learning certificate for UAE students. He lectures to undergraduates in theories of applied learning, program design, assessment and engaging disadvantage students at Latrobe University. His articles on the VCAL, applied learning and student engagement have been published in both state and international journals.

C4

Developing a broadly-based VET program for VCAL students to satisfy the Industry Skills Strand

Room 5

Daryl Sutton, VCAA Manager Vocational Education

A coordinated VET program is critical to the success of a VCAL students learning program. This session will look at the variety of VET options for students to satisfy the IS strand, it will look at ways the VCAL units can be contextualised to assist the VET student. It will explore the role SWL or SBATs play and how students can gain extra credit towards the VCAL through SWL recognition

Daryl is the manager of the VET unit at the VCAA for over 11 years where he is responsible for the development and administration of VET programs for Victorian secondary students. During his time at the VCAA strong linkages between industry, schools and the VET sector have been established. Over the last few years Daryl has been instrumental in the recognition of Structured Workplace Learning as a general credit to both the VCE and VCAL qualifications. This current role follows a long teaching career in Business, careers and VET.

C5

Work Related Skills

Room 9

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

Putting together a meaningful and engaging WRS program is often considered a struggle. However, it is one of VCAL’s objectives to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are looking for. Narelle will show you how it’s done! If you are looking for more on Work Related Skills, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Narelle is the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College. She was awarded the VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2016 early in 2017 Narelle has developed and shared WRS integrated programs in a number of settings at all three levels of VCAL. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is a firm believer that relationship development in the workplace is integral to student success in VCAL.

C6

Where is my A+? Understanding assessment within the VCAL

Room 3&4

Tyson McNamara – Youth Programs Coordinator – Box Hill Institute

‘Where’s my A+’ is an overall look at assessment of the VCAL outcomes, the advantages and disadvantages for students, compliance issues for teachers and the role that this form of assessment will play for the youth of tomorrow. This session is appropriate for all educators, those who have taught competency based learning for years, right to those who are teaching it for the first time.
Aims

  • Understand what competency learning is and is not
  • Grading a competency based learning task
  • Making compliance fun (trying to)
  • Why competency based education is (more) important
  • Shift away from higher education
  • Less reliance on ATAR – what will happen?

If you are looking for more on VCAL Assessment principles and rules of evidence, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day conference?

Tyson McNamara has spent his life immersed in education, teaching at high school, VET and university levels. Alongside his teaching, Tyson has served as an educational designer for the Indigenous Futures collaboration project developing attractive and engaging content for remote students. Tyson teaches all strands of VCAL, including a range of industry strands.

C7

VCAL Co-ordination

Room 6

Lyn Maniz, 2014 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, St Patrick’s College Ballarat

Are you new to VCAL Coordination? Overwhelmed by what’s involved? Need a refresh? Or just want to know more about VCAL administration? Don’t miss this one! Lyn will share her wealth of knowledge and experience in this session. Topics covered in this workshop include VASS eligibility reports (how to package a VCAL program) and work placement. If you are looking for more on VCAL Coordination, why not attend full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Lyn is the VCAL Coordinator at St Patrick’s College Ballarat where she has developed and introduced the VCAL program since 2016. Previously Lyn has been engaged with VCAL for more than 8 years at the Ballarat Secondary College Senior Campus. Lyn has taught VCAL across all strands and levels and has a particular interest in integrated programs. She was recognised for her extensive contribution to VCAL in 2014 when she was awarded the VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year award.

C8

Foundation VCAL in Special Education

Room 1

Naomi James – Acting Department Coordinator (year 10-12), Ashwood School

Applied Learning the Ashwood way! Ashwood School is a coeducational specialist school with a fine reputation in educating students with a mild intellectual disability. See how the students at Ashwood School develop their confidence and competence in the skills needed for post-school employment, further education and training and independence at home and in the community. This presentation will concentrate on the wide variety of activities for students in the Ashwood School VCAL Curriculum.

Naomi James is currently the Acting Department Coordinator for the Year 10 – 12 program at Ashwood School. She has previously taught Foundation VCAL at Ashwood School to Year 11 and 12 students for 10 years. She has collaborated with colleagues to write a number of VCAL Foundation modules and has a good knowledge of delivering VCAL at the Foundation level to students with a mild intellectual disability.

2.15 – 3.15 pm Session D – choose 1 of 8

All sessions are repeats of Session C

D1

VCAL Numeracy in Action.

Room 8

Justine Sakurai, Sandringham Secondary College

Numeracy with a bang! Justine gets the numbers working in your favour. Join her in this hands-on workshop and learn how to engage your students through high octane numeracy activities. Hold on tight! Justine will also co-present New Numeracy units Masterclass the day before the Induction day!

Justine is currently teaching at Sandringham College. Justine has been teaching in the VCAL program for over 10 years, and loved every minute of it. Justine advocates a hands-on practical approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy, and encourages her students to be independent thinkers and doers. She thinks a class that motivates students with physical components is more likely to encourage long term memory of key concepts. Justine applies current knowledge and science of teenage brain development to her teaching methodology. She hopes you enjoy her session.

D2

Changes to the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strands for 2019

Room 2

Shane O’Connor, VCAA VCAL Project Manager

Over the last few years the VCAA has conducted a review of the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand. Key changes resulting from this review include new Numeracy Units for implementation in the 2019 school year. This session will outline the changes to the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand with a particular focus on the new Numeracy Unit 2 at both Intermediate and Senior level.

The requirements for the Units will be outlined as well as the Advice for Teachers documents. The workshop will be a two-way flow of ideas and suggestions so come along to both receive and also give! If you are looking for more on the new Numeracy units, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Shane O’Connor is a Program Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). His role involves extensive VCAL teacher professional learning, VCAL curriculum review and resource development aimed at supporting the delivery of VCAL across the state.

D3

Essential elements for a solid applied learning lesson/activity

Room Main Hall

David Gallagher – Mentor, Lecturer and Applied Learning Consultant

In this workshop, David will share his considerable experience in applied learning. He was the former VCAL Manager at the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority, his current role is a mentor to a number of VCAL providers, both in Victoria and interstate, a sessional lecturer at Latrobe University in applied learning and assessment and works as an applied learning consultant.

Building on this rich experience and referencing a number of applied learning theories, David will outline the essential elements that are necessary for any applied learning lesson or activity. Participants will leave the presentation with a checklist to benchmark their own applied learning lessons/activities.

David Gallagher has been involved with secondary education for 50 years. He was the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Manager with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2014. David has a Master of Education (Applied Learning), a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching – Secondary.

During his career David has provided professional development activities for teachers in Victoria, interstate and internationally, including the Institute of Applied Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided advice and support to establish an applied learning certificate for UAE students. He lectures to undergraduates in theories of applied learning, program design, assessment and engaging disadvantage students at Latrobe University. His articles on the VCAL, applied learning and student engagement have been published in both state and international journals.

D4

Developing a broadly-based VET program for VCAL students to satisfy the Industry Skills Strand

Room 5

Daryl Sutton, VCAA Manager Vocational Education

A coordinated VET program is critical to the success of a VCAL students learning program. This session will look at the variety of VET options for students to satisfy the IS strand, it will look at ways the VCAL units can be contextualised to assist the VET student. It will explore the role SWL or SBATs play and how students can gain extra credit towards the VCAL through SWL recognition

Daryl is the manager of the VET unit at the VCAA for over 11 years where he is responsible for the development and administration of VET programs for Victorian secondary students. During his time at the VCAA strong linkages between industry, schools and the VET sector have been established. Over the last few years Daryl has been instrumental in the recognition of Structured Workplace Learning as a general credit to both the VCE and VCAL qualifications. This current role follows a long teaching career in Business, careers and VET.

D5

Work Related Skills

Room 9

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

Putting together a meaningful and engaging WRS program is often considered a struggle. However, it is one of VCAL’s objectives to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes employers are looking for. Narelle will show you how it’s done! If you are looking for more on Work Related Skills, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Narelle is the Director of Curriculum at Werribee Secondary College. She was awarded the VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2016 early in 2017 Narelle has developed and shared WRS integrated programs in a number of settings at all three levels of VCAL. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is a firm believer that relationship development in the workplace  is integral to student success in VCAL.

FULL

D6

Where is my A+? Understanding assessment within the VCAL

Room 3&4

Tyson McNamara – Youth Programs Coordinator – Box Hill Institute

‘Where’s my A+’ is an overall look at assessment of the VCAL outcomes, the advantages and disadvantages for students, compliance issues for teachers and the role that this form of assessment will play for the youth of tomorrow. This session is appropriate for all educators, those who have taught competency based learning for years, right to those who are teaching it for the first time.
Aims

  • Understand what competency learning is and is not
  • Grading a competency based learning task
  • Making compliance fun (trying to)
  • Why competency based education is (more) important
  • Shift away from higher education
  • Less reliance on ATAR – what will happen?

If you are looking for more on VCAL Assessment principles and rules of evidence, why not attend the full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day conference?

Tyson McNamara has spent his life immersed in education, teaching at high school, VET and university levels. Alongside his teaching, Tyson has served as an educational designer for the Indigenous Futures collaboration project developing attractive and engaging content for remote students. Tyson teaches all strands of VCAL, including a range of industry strands.

D7

VCAL Co-ordination

Room 6

Lyn Maniz, 2014 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year, St Patrick’s College Ballarat

Are you new to VCAL Coordination? Overwhelmed by what’s involved? Need a refresh? Or just want to know more about VCAL administration? Don’t miss this one! Lyn will share her wealth of knowledge and experience in this session. Topics covered in this workshop include VASS eligibility reports (how to package a VCAL program) and work placement. If you are looking for more on VCAL Coordination, why not attend full day Masterclass the day before the VALA VCAL Induction day Conference?

Lyn is the VCAL Coordinator at St Patrick’s College Ballarat where she has developed and introduced the VCAL program since 2016. Previously Lyn has been engaged with VCAL for more than 8 years at the Ballarat Secondary College Senior Campus. Lyn has taught VCAL across all strands and levels and has a particular interest in integrated programs. She was recognised for her extensive contribution to VCAL in 2014 when she was awarded the VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year award.

D8

Foundation VCAL in Special Education

Room 1

Naomi James – Acting Department Coordinator (year 10-12), Ashwood School

Applied Learning the Ashwood way! Ashwood School is a coeducational specialist school with a fine reputation in educating students with a mild intellectual disability. See how the students at Ashwood School develop their confidence and competence in the skills needed for post-school employment, further education and training and independence at home and in the community. This presentation will concentrate on the wide variety of activities for students in the Ashwood School VCAL Curriculum.

Naomi James is currently the Acting Department Coordinator for the Year 10 – 12 program at Ashwood School. She has previously taught Foundation VCAL at Ashwood School to Year 11 and 12 students for 10 years. She has collaborated with colleagues to write a number of VCAL Foundation modules and has a good knowledge of delivering VCAL at the Foundation level to students with a mild intellectual disability.

3:15pm Close

Induction Day supporters

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Playmeo

Parliament of Victoria

Magenta Safety Training

The Big Issue Classroom

SYN-Media-Learning Logo

Inventorium logo

RSA for Schools

Passport to Democracy logo